Review: Tea Adventure Black Guanyin

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Not Great"Besides a touch of sweetness to the finish, the sip is completely nondescript. It's certainly drinkable but the general lack of flavour is problematic. Better luck next time! "
Sophie’s Teaview: 4.5/10
Other Teaviews: Shaiha gave it 4.5/10, Jamie gave it 4/10, Vanessa gave it 6/10, Shaiha gave it 8.7/10
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This organic tea was harvested in Daishan, in the Chinese province of Fujian. The varietal used here is normally processed as an oolong. Its description promises sweet cherry notes and a soothing aftertaste. The large, loosely twisted leaves have a faint smokey campfire smell to them.

I decided to brew this tea the “European” way rather than following Tea Adventure's suggested instructions, partly because I am lazy and partly because I didn't think that their suggested 3 grams of leaf for gongfu brewing would be enough. So instead I infused 3 grams of leaf in 250ml of water heated to 90 degrees Celsius for 3 minutes. The tea brews up to a dark mahogany hue. It's practically odourless, which is odd for such a normally fragrant varietal. The fermentation process involved for making a black tea might have something to do with this. It's a rather bland cup, as another reviewer has noted before me. Besides a more prominent touch of sweetness to the finish, the sip is completely nondescript.

I try steeping the leaves again to see if, against all odds, the cup will perk up the second time around. It is indeed a tiny bit more flavourful, with a hint of floral notes emerging at the close of the sip. However, it's not enough to make this tea worthwhile.

I find it hard to recommend this tea. It's certainly drinkable but the general lack of flavour is problematic. If you do feel tempted to try this, I would suggest ignoring the 90 degree Celsius recommendation and go with water that's come to a full boil. Made this way it's still bland, it but has more of a definite sweet and sour cherry candy finish to it. On the upside, this offering is reasonably priced, but so are lots of teas out there that actually taste like – well, tea. Better luck next time!

— To purchase Tea Adventure Black Guanyin, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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