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drank Pai Mu Tan by Luka Te m.m.
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This is my post number 100! Happy Steepsterversary to me, yay!

This is one of the teas I bought earlier this week when I first feel off the stingy-wagon. I haven’t tasted it yet as I have saved it for this very occasion and this particular post.

Pai Mu Tan has always been for me one of THE white teas. This one and Yin Zhen. They are the very essence of white teas and nothing can surpass them in greatness. They don’t need to have fantastic outstanding flavours, they are carried by their names alone.

Today has been a day in the name of glazed teapot maintenance. I very rarely clean out my pots on the inside other than a thorough rinsing with clean water, because a teapot that you can see is in use is a teapot with character! And it also greatly reduces the threat of accidentally making up a pot of tea that tastes of soap residue. However, I felt that this tea for this post deserved as clean a pot as I could muster. So that was eight teapots total, half a tub of baking soda, god only knows how many liters of water boiled and even more water for rinsing. (The planet probably hates me now.)

I am very carefully brewing this as well as I can without actually owning a thermometer. I’m a bit surprised that the shop recommends a steeping time of 6-8 minutes which I think is eons for a white, so I had to consult my literature. To my enormous surprise, the literature agrees! O.o Have I been brewing whites all wrong all this time? Very well, I shall give it 6-8 minutes, although it’s really difficult to convince my head that this is a good idea. My literature also informs me that green teas are best steeped without the pot lid on so as to prevent it from stewing in the steam and a gentler preparation. I’m assuming that this also goes for white tea.

It’s steeping now, there are five minutes to go. I’m really nervous that I’m going to ruin this. What sort of Steepsterversary post would that make! O.o

Anyway, the dry leaves are large and green and they have a fresh, grassy sort of smell. You can dream yourself halfway to China on this smell, it’s very nice. Because I’m impatient and can’t wait until I’ve poured a cup, I’ve been sniffing the pot too as it steeps. The grassy smell is more prominent here when mixed with the steam, but it’s hard to really pick up on the notes this way.

I have made sure to choose a big white porcelain mug that allows me to drain the pot in go. Of course, I have to say yay for surface tension here and I’m not going to attempt lifting it! :p It’s a darkish golden colour, very unlike the murky brownish stuff in the cheap teabags, and after pouring, it darkens a little further quickly.

It has a very clear sort of vegetal and leafy smell that you don’t have to sit and search for. It flows right up and out of the cup and fills up your nose on every sniff.

Mmmm, no, the long steeping time definitely didn’t ruin it. Once again it would seem that the literature is smarter than me. It has a natural sweetness to it. It’s not as delicate as I had expected. I’ve had white teas before, obviously, but I think this might be my debut with this particular variety. It leaves a sort of fresh feeling in the mouth on the sides of the tongue, the same way that mint does, only without actually tasting of mint at all.

However, it does also leave behind that somewhat sour aftertaste that lasts forever. I like a tea that has flavour that doesn’t go away immediately, but I’m not really a very big fan of this particular sourness. I find, though, that it decreases considerably if I don’t keep the tea in my mouth for too long before swallowing.

I am not in the slightest disappointed by this. (And will have to take my white tea brewing methods up to some serious revision, it would seem…)

Mike

Congrats on post 100! I always enjoy reading your posts, Angrboda…even the ones where you point out the bugs on the site! :)

Cheers to many more!

Jillian

Happy Steepsterversary! :D

teafiend

Whoo 100 posts! Congrats!

Suzi

Happy Steepsterversary!

I’ve heard about longer steep times for white teas, too. I think on some older Adagio sample tins it would advise 6-8 minutes, but I never really thought about why that might be.

teaplz

Congrats on your Steepaversary! :)

Angrboda

Thanks everybody! :D Maybe I’m silly but I can’t help it. I love a nice round number and I’ve been looking forward to making this post since I had a little over 50 posts and wished I’d been paying attention when I reached 50. :)

Mike: Hey, I only did that twice. I think. Are you saying I should learn to use the proper feedback channels? ;p
Eh, just take it as proof of the nice little community we’re building up here where people need to ask around if something is happening to just them or others as well before complaining about it.

Suzi & Notarevolution: I’ve always gone for much shorter steeping times for whites. Like two-three minutes tops. And I know how devilishly bitter a seriously over-steeped white can get, so I was really putting my heart in the hands of literature with this one. Now I’m looking forward to re-trying my Darjeeling white with a proper steeping time.
It makes sense though, doesn’t it? We steep a very small leaf tea for a shorter time than a large leaf tea, and this is a large leaf tea! I really don’t know why I got that so mixed up. O.o

gmathis

Happy ’versary to you. Keep posting; yours always make me smile on otherwise dreary days.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Happy Steepsterversary!

Aduial

Happy Steepsterversary! To repeat what everyone has already said, your posts are so much fun to read. Keep logging! ♥

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Mike

Congrats on post 100! I always enjoy reading your posts, Angrboda…even the ones where you point out the bugs on the site! :)

Cheers to many more!

Jillian

Happy Steepsterversary! :D

teafiend

Whoo 100 posts! Congrats!

Suzi

Happy Steepsterversary!

I’ve heard about longer steep times for white teas, too. I think on some older Adagio sample tins it would advise 6-8 minutes, but I never really thought about why that might be.

teaplz

Congrats on your Steepaversary! :)

Angrboda

Thanks everybody! :D Maybe I’m silly but I can’t help it. I love a nice round number and I’ve been looking forward to making this post since I had a little over 50 posts and wished I’d been paying attention when I reached 50. :)

Mike: Hey, I only did that twice. I think. Are you saying I should learn to use the proper feedback channels? ;p
Eh, just take it as proof of the nice little community we’re building up here where people need to ask around if something is happening to just them or others as well before complaining about it.

Suzi & Notarevolution: I’ve always gone for much shorter steeping times for whites. Like two-three minutes tops. And I know how devilishly bitter a seriously over-steeped white can get, so I was really putting my heart in the hands of literature with this one. Now I’m looking forward to re-trying my Darjeeling white with a proper steeping time.
It makes sense though, doesn’t it? We steep a very small leaf tea for a shorter time than a large leaf tea, and this is a large leaf tea! I really don’t know why I got that so mixed up. O.o

gmathis

Happy ’versary to you. Keep posting; yours always make me smile on otherwise dreary days.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Happy Steepsterversary!

Aduial

Happy Steepsterversary! To repeat what everyone has already said, your posts are so much fun to read. Keep logging! ♥

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Ang lives with Husband and two kitties, Charm and Luna, in a house not too far from Århus. Apart from drinking tea, she enjoys baking, especially biscuits, reading and jigsaw puzzles. She has recently acquired an interest in cross-stitch and started a rather large project. It remains to be seen whether she has actually bitten off more than she can chew…

Ang prefers black teas and the darker sorts of oolongs. She has to be in the mood for green and white, and she enjoys, but knows little to nothing about, pu-erh.

Her preferences with black teas are the Chinese ones, particularly from Fujian, but also Keemun and just about anything smoky. She occasionally enjoys Yunnans but they’re not favourites. She has taken some time to research Ceylon teas, complete with reference map, and has recently developed some interest in teas from Africa.

She is sceptical about Indian blacks as she generally finds them too astringent and too easy to get wrong. She doesn’t really care for Darjeelings at all. Very high-grown teas are often not favoured.

She likes flavoured teas as well, particularly fruit flavoured ones, but also had an obsession with finding the Perfect Vanilla Flavoured Black and can happily report that this reclusive beast has been spotted in a local teashop near where she works. Any and all vanilla flavoured teas are still highly attractive to her, though. Also nuts and caramel or toffee. Not so much chocolate. It’s a texture thing.

However, she thinks Earl Grey is generally kind of boring. Cinnamon and ginger are also not really a hit, and she’s not very fond of chais. Evil hibiscus is evil. Even in small amounts, and yes, Ang can usually detect hibiscus, mostly by way of the metallic flavour of blood it has.

Ang is not super impressed with rooibos or honeybush on their own. She doesn’t care for either, really, but when they are flavoured, they go usually go down a treat.

Ang used to have a Standard Panel of teas that she tried to always have on hand. She put a lot of thought into defining it and decided what should go on it. It was a great idea on paper, but in practise has been discovered to not really work as well.

Ang tries her best to make a post on Steepster several times a week. She tends to write her posts in advance in a word doc (The Queue) and posting from there. This, she feels, helps her to maintain regularity and stops her from making five posts in three days and then going three weeks without posting anything at all.

Angrboda is almost always open to swapping. Just ask her. Due to the nature of the queue, however, and the fact that it’s some 24 pages long at the moment, it may take a good while from she receives your parcel and until she actually posts about it.

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