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Tea sample provided by Teavivre for review

I generally like Bai Mu Dan, so this tea didn’t have to try hard to please me. If you’ve never had “plain” white tea before, I highly recommend trying it out at some point (from your retailer of choice obviously). My experience with flavoured white tea and this regular stuff is different. I like both, but Bai Mu Dan has a lovely spring greens feel to it.

Tonight I made 4 quick steeps, which all generally had nice notes of cantaloupe, fresh greens, pepper, honey, tea “fuzzyness”. The last steep was my favourite, and hubby enjoyed sipping alongside me.

Next time I’ll try a longer steep in a bigger tea vessel.

100ml gaiwan, one pouch (5g? 2tsp?), 4 steeps (45s +15s resteep)

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195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Jessie

There’s definitely a quality in Bai Mu Dan that I usually can’t put my finger on, but “fuzzyness” is perfect!

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Jessie

There’s definitely a quality in Bai Mu Dan that I usually can’t put my finger on, but “fuzzyness” is perfect!

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I don’t log tea every time I drink it. Tasting notes tend to be about either one style of brewing or a new experience. It is helpful for me to look back on my notes and see what a tea tasted like or which steeping parameter worked best for me. I try to mostly short steep tea unless it only tastes better with a long steep. I’d rather experience what a tea tastes like over 3 or 12 steeps than just 1 to 3 long steeps.

When I write “tsp”, the measurement I use is a regular western teaspoon. Not a tea scoop

What my tea ratings mean:

99-100: Teas that blow my mind! An unforgettable experience. Savoured to the last drop. I felt privileged to drink this.

90-98: Extraordinary, highly recommended, try it and you won’t be disappointed (and if you are, mail me the tea!)

85-89: Wonderful, couldn’t expect more but not a favourite.

80-84: Excellent, a treasured experience but not a favourite.

70-79: Good but could be better. Above average.

60-69: Average, unexceptional, not something I would buy again. Slightly disappointed. I’d rather drink water.

50-0: Varying degrees of sadness

No rating: Mixed feelings, can’t decide whether I like it or not, not enough experience with that sort of tea to rate it. A dramatic change of heart.

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