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drank Imperial White by The Tao of Tea
2307 tasting notes

This came in a small tin as part of a white tea gift set I got from Amazon.com with a gift certificate someone gave me. It comes in a nice little wooden box covered with plexiglass which is a nice touch.

I drank this at work so it was steeped in an infuser mug. I tried to follow the instructions pretty well, they said 190 F for 3 minutes. I also did a second steep at about the same temp for 2 minutes. I’d like to try steeping this at a lower temp too.

I was pretty happy about this tea – as far as white teas I’ve tried it is more on the vegetal side and very nutty. The flavor profile said chestnut but I actually felt it was more like macadamia nut, nutty with a bit if butter. I didn’t pick up on the smoke but I did think it was a little “salty” – smoked salt? I dunno. There also just seemed to be a marine type of quality going on with this… a bit seaweedy perhaps? In any case it was very flavorful and delicious. I never knew there were so many different types of white teas – they are fast becoming an obsession!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

It’s funny to me how you say it is nutty and the profile refers to chestnuts. It just seems that most descriptions refer to “chestnut” nutty, and not usually another kind of nut. Personally, I guess I’ve never distinguished between types of nuts when noting the nutty quality of tea. All this talk of nuts is making me nu…….crazy! :)) Speaking of crazy, white teas do bring out an obsessiveness in me too, but I tend to drink whites more in the spring and summer for some reason.

Sounds like a great tea and another tea I’ll have to add to my Tao of Tea order later this year.

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ScottTeaMan

It’s funny to me how you say it is nutty and the profile refers to chestnuts. It just seems that most descriptions refer to “chestnut” nutty, and not usually another kind of nut. Personally, I guess I’ve never distinguished between types of nuts when noting the nutty quality of tea. All this talk of nuts is making me nu…….crazy! :)) Speaking of crazy, white teas do bring out an obsessiveness in me too, but I tend to drink whites more in the spring and summer for some reason.

Sounds like a great tea and another tea I’ll have to add to my Tao of Tea order later this year.

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

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I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

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89-80 Pretty good, above average

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