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drank White Tea by Golden Moon Tea
186 tasting notes

Steep #2 coming your way!

I figured out how I’m going to organize my logs. The first time that I try a tea and resteep it, each steep will have multiple logs so I can correctly work out how I felt about each steep. Every time after that, though, the resteeps will appear in the same log as the initial steep.

My ratings will always be based on first steep alone. Resteeps that are good are merely extras, add-ons, little gifts my tea is giving to me if they’re good.

Now that that’s out of the way, I found that I was a little disappointed with this second steep. I guess I need to get used to the fact that the tea’s flavors will change and mutate through the multiple steepings. I definitely think that the first cup was a real treat, and while this cup isn’t amazing, it definitely isn’t bad either.

The liquid was around the same color as the first time around, and the smell this time was a bit more… earthy? And floral. The butter component was nowhere to be found, and the wet leaves smelled more vegetal this time.

The initial taste surprised me once again, and the word that popped into my head to describe this one was “reedy.” This steep definitely has an earthier component, something that I wouldn’t call leafy but rather “woodsy.” Some of the flavor notes are even a bit tart and citrus-y, which I found to be pretty bizarre. The sweetness here was only a lingering afternote, not really pronounced and fading much more quickly than the first cup.

Since that delicious nectar-like flavor was pretty much an afterthought in the taste of this cup, and since that’s what I enjoyed the first time around, I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first. I’m going to go for a third steep anyway, and see if the flavor profile is more to my liking the next time around.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Bethany

If you’ve decided you love whites (they really are so unique and tasty), you definitely need to try a Silver Needle tea. They’re expensive, but Adagio’s is pretty reasonably priced. I don’t drink a lot of white tea but Silver Needle is one of my favorite treats. It’s so sweet and delicate and buttery.

teaplz

Mmm, thanks for the recommendation, Bethany! <3 Silver Needle looks SO pretty. I definitely will need to give it a try!

Cofftea

Silver needle is my 2nd favorite. Jasmine silver needle is my number 1. That pushes cucumber down to 3rd. Unless it’s cold. Then it pushes silver needle down to 3.

Bethany

I have a sample of the Jasmine Silver Needle sitting on my counter.. maybe tonight’s the night for that. I just hate making Silver Needle on a regular boring night – it definitely is more of a tea for a special time!

Cofftea

@Bethany, but maybe drinking a special tea will make you not bored;)

Cofftea

Seven Cups has a Silver Needle yellow tea.

Ricky

Woah, this one just became your new favorite! Agreed, silver needle is amazing. Maybe I’ll share some with you if I ever decide to purchase some from Rishi =P

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Bethany

If you’ve decided you love whites (they really are so unique and tasty), you definitely need to try a Silver Needle tea. They’re expensive, but Adagio’s is pretty reasonably priced. I don’t drink a lot of white tea but Silver Needle is one of my favorite treats. It’s so sweet and delicate and buttery.

teaplz

Mmm, thanks for the recommendation, Bethany! <3 Silver Needle looks SO pretty. I definitely will need to give it a try!

Cofftea

Silver needle is my 2nd favorite. Jasmine silver needle is my number 1. That pushes cucumber down to 3rd. Unless it’s cold. Then it pushes silver needle down to 3.

Bethany

I have a sample of the Jasmine Silver Needle sitting on my counter.. maybe tonight’s the night for that. I just hate making Silver Needle on a regular boring night – it definitely is more of a tea for a special time!

Cofftea

@Bethany, but maybe drinking a special tea will make you not bored;)

Cofftea

Seven Cups has a Silver Needle yellow tea.

Ricky

Woah, this one just became your new favorite! Agreed, silver needle is amazing. Maybe I’ll share some with you if I ever decide to purchase some from Rishi =P

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22-year-old NYC girl just starting out on her tea adventures! I used to hate tea. If you asked me a few years ago what I thought of tea, I’d tell you it tasted like hot, dirty dishwater. Not anymore! I acquired a taste for tea when I started drinking peppermint tea for my upset stomach problems. From there I graduated to teas like chamomile and Lipton. But Lipton wasn’t strong enough!

I’m getting the hang of this loose leaf thing. Black’s my default, but I’ve found that I really love teas that fall into every category. I’m a purist – I always drink my tea neat. I prefer unflavored tea over flavored tea, and really dislike anything flavored with artificial-tasting substances. I’ve grown up a bit in my tea drinking, and I find that novelty appeals to me less and less.

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