83
drank White Tea (2018) by Old Ways Tea
3267 tasting notes

Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge Wednesday, February 17th: Random Acts of Kindness Day Tea #1
I drank these theme days yesterday, but I’m slow to post the notes today. Another good theme day.  I’d say tea swaps are “gifted teas” so I wanted to go for teas from swaps and definitely teas I haven’t written notes about yet.  This is one!  Kindly sent by derk!  Thank you!  derk and Martin love this tea.  I keep trying it different ways, but to me it tastes like a typical white tea.  It was in  a sealed sample pouch, so the freshness should be fine.  I like that Roswell’s recent note about a white tea mentioned paper and YES sometimes white tea tastes like paper to me in all the best ways.  It really reminds me of crisp fresh white paper (cardboard teas are something else entirely.)   This time I tried with a ton of these autumnal looking leaves but short steeps.  It’s such a gentle tea, I think you could do anything with it but sometimes short steeps have more flavor nuance.  The second steep was very sweet and proving it’s a great white.  Very clear and crisp.  Cold, the last gulp has something like tangy tamarind. This is a lovely white tea but not really something that stands out. Maybe I shouldn’t be steeping this western? So I’m not finding this as special as a 99 rating like derk and Martin, but it’s a very good white.
Steep #1  // 3  teaspoons for full mug // 30 minutes after boiling  // 30 second steep
Steep #2  // 28 minutes after boiling //  1 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 3 min

Martin Bednář

I did both sessions gongfu. Maybe I was just hyped because it was so good looking. But 83 is still a great rating :)

tea-sipper

Yeah, not steeping gongfu is probably the problem for me. It IS a nice looking leafed tea. :D

derk

I doubt you did anything wrong, tea-sipper! I’m beginning to think I have a thing in general for white teas and this one really stood out to me. And now that you mention tamarind, (like somebody mentioned olive recently and I ran away with that one) I can think of just the tea I’ve been drinking that has that note – What-Cha’s Darjeeling 2020 2nd Flush Gopaldhara Ruby Gold Black Tea.

tea-sipper

haha, sure. But ALL steeps are different so it’s sad for me if I’m not finding that perfect steeping method when a few people have really loved a tea. :D

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Martin Bednář

I did both sessions gongfu. Maybe I was just hyped because it was so good looking. But 83 is still a great rating :)

tea-sipper

Yeah, not steeping gongfu is probably the problem for me. It IS a nice looking leafed tea. :D

derk

I doubt you did anything wrong, tea-sipper! I’m beginning to think I have a thing in general for white teas and this one really stood out to me. And now that you mention tamarind, (like somebody mentioned olive recently and I ran away with that one) I can think of just the tea I’ve been drinking that has that note – What-Cha’s Darjeeling 2020 2nd Flush Gopaldhara Ruby Gold Black Tea.

tea-sipper

haha, sure. But ALL steeps are different so it’s sad for me if I’m not finding that perfect steeping method when a few people have really loved a tea. :D

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

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theteamerchant.net
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Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

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