drank Gold Silk by MEM Tea Imports
7 tasting notes

This is a Chinese Black tea, and it has a bold, standoffish, almost noble or regal taste. The notes on MEM Tea’s site say that it tastes of burnt caramel or burnt sugar, and that is extremely accurate to me. There’s also this sort of mushroom-y earthiness that gives the brew a very full body, but a very dry finish on the pallet. This is one of those teas where I definitely wouldn’t go more than the recommended brew time of 4-5 minutes, since I would imagine the tannic and bitter notes becoming much more unpleasant. Still, I like how bold the flavor is, and how distinct it is from a lot of other black teas.

This tea seems to be quite caffeine-heavy too, which I found out by accident when I drank a cup of it at 6 PM. I wasn’t able to sleep until 3 AM that night. Unless you’ve got a great tolerance for the stuff, this is a morning-only tea. If you’re looking for a pure, unblended black tea where a sip feels like a duke’s glove-slap to your face, you can’t go wrong here.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Cocoa, Dark Wood, Floral

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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About Me:
A tea enthusiast, and sometimes a cat on the internet. Currently revisiting some old favorites and sampling some new blends.

While I do like cream and sugar in some teas, I always taste teas without additives initially.

Personal Taste:
I try to taste as widely as I can, but I definitely play favorites with certain flavors. Floral, citrus, and berry flavors in full-bodied teas are the most appealing to me. Overwhelming spice and smoke notes are on the more difficult side, though I continue to try and broaden my horizons.

I don’t really have a strong system for numeric ratings beyond general gut feeling, so I try to write down my thoughts while they’re still fresh. Generally speaking, my words are going to speak louder than the numbers on each tea. Hopefully those thoughts will be useful to people.

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