Assamica Gold Needle

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  • “I received this one as part of a gifted subscription box from Tea Runners – so thank you for the tea! It’s truly stunning with long slender golden leaves that do, truly, look like needles. Some of...” Read full tasting note
  • “Ever have one of those days? Yesterday something in my left hip area went boing, my knee buckled and I ended up on the floor. Its only luck that I still have my cane for my right ankle that made...” Read full tasting note
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Assamica Gold Needle is a pure assamica tea from the world-famous Yunnan region in China.

Rich, bold, and sweet with notes of dark chocolate, malt, and baked goods. It might even remind you of a chocolate chip cookie!

The flavor is very sweet, but there is a slight mineral astringency to counter it. The depth and thick viscous texture of the tea and the heavy sugarcane aroma makes for a delightful experience.

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I received this one as part of a gifted subscription box from Tea Runners – so thank you for the tea! It’s truly stunning with long slender golden leaves that do, truly, look like needles. Some of them even have a bit of a pointy edge, as well!

The dry leaf aroma smells really interesting to me – there’s both a deeper but yeasty bready note (like rye?) and a sweet fruitiness to it, but also sort of a chlorine smell? I tried to think of how to describe the note of chlorine in a way that wouldn’t potentially sound unpleasant (because I mean it as a positive), but I couldn’t think of one so I’m just calling it straight out. What I mean by that, though, is that it has the aroma you get from a distance of fresh & clean pool water – as someone who swam a lot as a child, that’s something that I personally find to be a deeply nostalgic and comforting aroma.

The taste is fairly dissimilar to the aroma – the bready notes translate into more of a light sweet bread and there’s more of a gentle malt and cocoa note. The package describes the tasting notes as somewhat like a “chocolate chip cookie” and I see what they were going for with that – though it’s not the same richness/sweetness IMO. The basics of the flavour notes that comprise a chocolate chip cookie are there though. Also, I have to agree with Random in that there’s something rather mineral to the cup. I enjoy it and I actually like they nuance it brings to the baked and cocoa elements.

Overall, a pretty nice tea.

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Ever have one of those days?

Yesterday something in my left hip area went boing, my knee buckled and I ended up on the floor. Its only luck that I still have my cane for my right ankle that made it so I could get up and get back to my desk. Climbing the three steps to get into my home last night was really painful.
Then this morning I had physical therapy.
I’m dealing with a bug that the developers can’t reproduce, but everyone else can.
And I just found out my husband is loosing his health insurance coverage come the end of the month.

If only I could just curl up in a position that doesn’t hurt, drink this tea, and wish the rest of the world away.

tea-sipper

Hoping you feel better soon. :/

ashmanra

So sorry, and praying for better days for you soon!

mrmopar

Hoping your days will be better.

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