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drank White Silver Tips Pu-erh by Tealux
2221 tasting notes

Tackled a few new teas, and a few old teas tonight. Not that I brewed much up. I’ve been having a horrible time with oversleeping lately, and so I didn’t let myself indulge in too much tea.

Anyhow, this is nice. I used ~2 tsp of leaf, and ended up with a fairly light-coloured brew, that tastes reminiscent of “standard” pu’erhs, but is much lighter and sweeter, and smooth-tasting. This one’s not quite as smooth as the Silver Buds Yabao (not that I’m really comparing them, though they are actually kind of similar). Honestly, when I picked this up, I was looking for a tea to replaced Verdant’s Aged Yunnan Silver Needle (or… whatever it was called). I think this is a fairly close approximation to that, therefore I am satisfied. Hopefully I can remember to bring some of this along for my mom. I’m not entirely sure if she would like it or not, but it would probably interest her!

ETA: Third infusion, flavour is waning (or I’ve had too many flavoured teas). Either way, putting this aside to take to my mom in April!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

3g per cup for this one is more like a tbsp. It’s such a fluffy tea!

Kittenna

LOL I meant to put a number in there! 2 tsp is what I used, and I was quite happy with the flavour. I might try weighing out 3g next time though, since that’s what I saw you had used :)

OMGsrsly

Haha! 2 tsp is closer.

My mom didn’t like it, but she is so extremely picky. I don’t remember what she said about the smell, but she refused to taste it!

Kittenna

Awww! My mom will try pretty much anything. And she likes pu’erh (actually, the only tea she really doesn’t like is black tea, but she will still taste it if I want her to). I just want to expand her tea-drinking selection!

OMGsrsly

Lucky! I did a tea tasting for my mom for Christmas, and bought her the tea (singular!) she liked best. She ended up liking one I didn’t like, and said all the other black teas were “too earthy”. IDK.

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OMGsrsly

3g per cup for this one is more like a tbsp. It’s such a fluffy tea!

Kittenna

LOL I meant to put a number in there! 2 tsp is what I used, and I was quite happy with the flavour. I might try weighing out 3g next time though, since that’s what I saw you had used :)

OMGsrsly

Haha! 2 tsp is closer.

My mom didn’t like it, but she is so extremely picky. I don’t remember what she said about the smell, but she refused to taste it!

Kittenna

Awww! My mom will try pretty much anything. And she likes pu’erh (actually, the only tea she really doesn’t like is black tea, but she will still taste it if I want her to). I just want to expand her tea-drinking selection!

OMGsrsly

Lucky! I did a tea tasting for my mom for Christmas, and bought her the tea (singular!) she liked best. She ended up liking one I didn’t like, and said all the other black teas were “too earthy”. IDK.

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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