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drank White Christmas by Tea Zing
211 tasting notes

190F, 3 min, liquor is clear medium-gold color with scent of fruit and spice. Flavor starts with vanilla, flows into cardamon and nut. I kept wanting another sip, so much that the whole cup (nothing added) was quickly finished and I viewed the empty mug with disappointment. A second steep was lighter than the first, but still flavorful enough to serve to guests. This white tea blend is exotic and complex enough to even be a good complement to dark chocolate or tiramisu.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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I am fascinated and deeply impressed by the artistry and skill which coaxes such an array of qualities from one species of leaf. In 2009, I founded San Antonio Tea & Herb Enthusiasts. In 2014, a move to Southern California creates both upheaval and new horizons. The best part is that now I live quite close to my son and his family.

For intimate tastings with a small gathering, I’m practicing Asian-style tea service along the lines of Chinese gongfu cha. It is a joy to share good tea!

The most recent sign of my conversion to the deeply-steeped side: I’ve turned three large file boxes into “tea humidors” for aging pu-erh cakes and bricks at 65% humidity. Remote sensors within the “pumidors” relay the temperature and humidity readings to a base station on my desk. It satisfies my scientist aspect and keeps tea pretty well, too.

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