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175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 45 sec 14 oz / 414 ml

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  • “You know what's weird? How I generally enjoy a cup brewed Western style more than several cup brewed Gong Fu, and yet with certain sorts of tea, I have taken to thinking in terms of Gong Fu when it...” Read full tasting note
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    Angrboda 1256 tasting notes
  • “Gentle, sweet white. Careful with the water temp. and steep time because it can get a bit off. But if done right, it's a good white.” Read full tasting note
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    ssajami 137 tasting notes
  • “Definitely more flavorful than some of the white teas I've tried. I don't find it super floral like another reviewer noted, at all... I wonder if maybe they changed the supplier or something? It's...” Read full tasting note
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    mrsbunny1 12 tasting notes
  • “When I first tried this tea, I was amazed. But the next few cups weren't that good. I realized you've got to be careful with the amount of leaves you take and with the steep time (water temperature...” Read full tasting note
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    nilgiri 9 tasting notes

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1256 tasting notes

You know what’s weird? How I generally enjoy a cup brewed Western style more than several cup brewed Gong Fu, and yet with certain sorts of tea, I have taken to thinking in terms of Gong Fu when it comes to writing about them on Steepster. It’s a weird situation where it’s more fun to brew this way, but I prefer the result of the other way. As Dr Right was interested in having some too and I didn’t really want to skip every other steep when writing about it, I ended up in an even weirder situation where I made the same tea in two different pots in two different ways at the same time.

This one was shared with me a while ago by Ssajami. The last time I had a tea of this type I felt it was like drinking a liquid courgette, so I was curious to see if that was something unique to that one or if I could reproduce something similar in others of the same type. Up until very recently I associated this type of tea primarily with walnuts, so I don’t know where all these gourds has suddenly come from.

1. The aroma is very floral and there something almost syrup-y sweet lurking underneath the surface of it too. That floralness, though, that’s almost too much for me. It’s like a flower shop. Too much. Too strong. Almost sickening. It reminds me of a bouquet of flowers I got once where I had to air out the living room really well because they were so strong that they were stinking up the place.

It develops really really quickly though, and before I’ve even got so far as to take a sip it has already turned away from the extreme floralness and into something which reminds me most of all of gherkins. It’s even slightly dill-y. Now, I really enjoy gherkins, but tea is not something I particularly wish to find the association to them in.

It does, however, solve the mystery of how someone got the thought of flavouring tea with cucumber. I have actually tried a cucumber flavoured white tea once. It was vile.

The flavour is still quite floral, really, but the floralness mainly shows up in the aftertaste. The first bit of the sip is something smooth and slippery and very wet. You know how something which has an astringent note can taste dry? Well, this is definitely not astringent, but it’s not really the normal smoothness of non-astringency either. It just feels wetter than usual. It’s really the only way I can describe it. I know it sounds ridiculous. It’s not giving me anything in way of an actual flavour though, not until the floral bits set in. It’s just warm water, which is wet and then it’s floral.

2. The aroma this time is still very floral but less intensely so. There doesn’t seem to be any gherkins or anything of that family around this time. There is a fair bit of dill after it has developed a bit, but it doesn’t have those other details that makes me think of pickled cucurbitaceae of any sort.

The flavour is all floralness all the way. Rather too much so for me, and I feel like I’m drinking perfume. With a touch of dill in it.

Dill perfume… I… erm, no. I find myself bizarrely wanting the gherkins back. Let’s just skip straight ahead here.

3. Still floral on the aroma and still dill-y. I’m getting rather tired of these as none of them are smells that I particularly enjoy.

The flavour is exactly the same as the second round, so I’m just going to skip it.

4. No it’s still the same as before. I’m officially throwing in the (tea)towel.

For comparison, I snuck into Dr. Right’s room and sipped a bit of his western style brewed cup. He laughed heartily at how that too reminded me of gherkins in the aroma. The flavour wasn’t much though. It was somehow less intense than I had expected and impossible for me to really decipher. It had the same ‘wetness’ to it though.

For all his laughing he eventually admitted that he could kind of see where I was coming from with those gherkins.

ETA: Oh and additionally, I made myself a teatra.de account yesterday, so feel free to look me up if you like. I’m Angrboda there also and use the same icon, so I shouldn’t be difficult to find. I have no idea what to do with it though; it was a whim.

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137 tasting notes

Gentle, sweet white.
Careful with the water temp. and steep time because it can get a bit off.
But if done right, it’s a good white.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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12 tasting notes

Definitely more flavorful than some of the white teas I’ve tried. I don’t find it super floral like another reviewer noted, at all… I wonder if maybe they changed the supplier or something? It’s perfect for when you want a stronger tasting white tea, and I accidently oversteeped it a little on the second steeping but it still tasted delicious. Very happy with it! If you want it to be a bit sweeter you can lower the temperature. 5 minutes at 70-72 C makes for a very lovely cup I think.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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When I first tried this tea, I was amazed. But the next few cups weren’t that good. I realized you’ve got to be careful with the amount of leaves you take and with the steep time (water temperature should be around 80°C) or else the flavour can be too intense and this will ruin the gentleness of the white tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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2 tasting notes

An excellent tea, among the best I have ever had. It has become my staple allround tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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95 tasting notes

Reasonnable price.
The brew in a zhong at 95°C was far better than in a big teapot.

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