95
drank Wild Black Yunnan by DAVIDsTEA
1843 tasting notes

A little bitter today, but I steeped it too long I think. I added a little extra honey to smooth it out and that seems to be working. There’s a nice chocolate flavor coming through. I heard this one was discontinued and I would normally be pretty sad about that, but it’s a second to my treasured Nepal Black which DT still carries. Thank goodness for reliable favorites in these unreliable times.

I’m really missing the cream I normally add, but I’m out so I added some whole milk instead. I think most people use milk instead of cream (is that right?), but I guess I like my tea a little over the top. Like a thinner hot chocolate. I just love it. Anyway, my husband and I have been avoiding the grocery store and purchasing everything either online or at our weekly farmers market so I’m hoping to find a good source for cream there. Fingers crossed.

We are so fortunate that we’re able to do this and that our market has worked out a drive thru system with the farmers. Our local farmers and vendors are amazing! We have access to fresh baked bread and fresh picked produce, plus cheeses and honey and jam.
I’m just feeling really, really grateful.

I hope everyone here is doing well and taking some time to relax and enjoy the day. It’s beautiful here so I’m soaking it in.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Roswell Strange

Not sure how accessible DT is to you, but sounds like the new Thailand Black might be right up your alley!

Shae

It’s in my cart! I’m hoping for Blueberry Jam to make a reappearance in the shop soon and then I’m getting both! I’m also planning to try Honey Black. I can’t remember if you told me about that one or someone else, but I’ve heard it’s a good one too.

derk

drive-thru farmers market. this excites me.

Shae

Derk, it’s such a cool setup! You prepay online through the vendors’ websites then go during the set time. They block the street and put the vendors/farmers in the middle so they have two lines going. You drive thru until you reach your vendors, show them your name on a piece of paper, open your trunk, and they load everything in for you with gloves. It makes me feel so much better about going out, plus I’m able to support some of the local businesses who might be struggling otherwise.

Nattie

That market sounds amazing! I am very jealous.

Shae

Nattie, it really is wonderful! We are so lucky to have it.

Shae

Blueberry Jam is back in the US shop! Just placed my order for 4 oz of the stuff, plus some Thailand Black and Honey Black. If for some really strange reason I don’t like it, I’ll send you the rest in the tea box. :)

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Roswell Strange

Not sure how accessible DT is to you, but sounds like the new Thailand Black might be right up your alley!

Shae

It’s in my cart! I’m hoping for Blueberry Jam to make a reappearance in the shop soon and then I’m getting both! I’m also planning to try Honey Black. I can’t remember if you told me about that one or someone else, but I’ve heard it’s a good one too.

derk

drive-thru farmers market. this excites me.

Shae

Derk, it’s such a cool setup! You prepay online through the vendors’ websites then go during the set time. They block the street and put the vendors/farmers in the middle so they have two lines going. You drive thru until you reach your vendors, show them your name on a piece of paper, open your trunk, and they load everything in for you with gloves. It makes me feel so much better about going out, plus I’m able to support some of the local businesses who might be struggling otherwise.

Nattie

That market sounds amazing! I am very jealous.

Shae

Nattie, it really is wonderful! We are so lucky to have it.

Shae

Blueberry Jam is back in the US shop! Just placed my order for 4 oz of the stuff, plus some Thailand Black and Honey Black. If for some really strange reason I don’t like it, I’ll send you the rest in the tea box. :)

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. Thirty-something elder millennial. She/her.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

I’m open to tea swaps and/or just sharing what’s in my tea cabinet! Please reach out if you see something I have that you’d like to try. I do my best to update my cupboard regularly.

Favorites
Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, red fruits, bergamot, chai spices, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, peaches, plums, valerian root, cinnamon, cardamom

Not a huge fan
White teas, green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice, lemongrass, lavender, hot hibiscus, hibiscus in black tea blends

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband, James, who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-49: This tea is not good, but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

50-69: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

70-79: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

80-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

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