Special Grade Shou Mei White Tea ZW60

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Beany, Bitter, Carrot, Citrus, Cocoa, Floral, Grass, Mint, Musty, Stems, Wood
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180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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From Upton Tea Imports

Fragrant dark liquor, outstanding herbaceous flavor notes. Highly recommended.

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304 tasting notes

This one’s a weird one. A strong white tea… that puts me in mind of bubblegum. Not that it tastes like bubblegum, it’s just that after swallowing for some reason my mouth says “bubblegum!”. As I said, weird. A tiny, tiny bit of chocolate to it, too.

A strange and pleasant cup.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

Seems odd, and I’m not sure what to think of this one. :-//

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300 tasting notes

Glad I read the description of the grading before I started commenting, helps me understand why I am looking at darker, more broken leaves. So I’m drinking this the day after Upton’s Pai Mu Dan and to be fair I should have done a 2 and half min steep but I felt like short steeps. When I brewed it up and couldn’t pin point what I was tasting I decided to do a 30 sec steep of Pai Mu Dan and the differences became very clear. Pai Mu Dan is all honeydew on the first steep while Shou Mei is all veg and pine and herb, more sipping back and forth narrows it down to rosemary and sage. Second steeps mellow out both teas a bit but adds a bit of cocoa sweetness to the Shou Mei while the Pai Mu Dan got less sweet and the third steep of Shou Mei is more cocoa and spice while Pai Mu Dan is like over ripe melon. I enjoyed the later steeps of the Shou Mei more than the Pai Mu Dan, even though its supposed to be a lower grade tea. Tomorrow Moonlight, just found out its Yue Guang Bai :)

Revisiting this nearly a month later with longer steeps, which interestingly enough makes the herbaceous notes take a back seat to cocoa and nuttiness on the first steep. It does make sense as I am basically drinking all three of the shorter steeps in one, I find it very interesting.

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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You know, I had such low expectations going into this session, (because of my history with upton’s white teas, or.. really all of upton’s tea) but it’s actually slightly less bad than I expected. Musty florals, mint, grass, hay on the first two steeps. It brews up really dark coloured, a pale orangey-yellow. It develops some malty cocoa in the third steep, along with a hefty amount of bitterness, citrus, raddish, carrots, dry wood, stems, beans, ugh I got to steep 5 and I can’t do anymore. It was perfectly drinkable in steeps 1 & 2, but it’s gone drastically downhill and yeah I’m not drinking anymore of this.

I can’t believe I still have like 3 unopened upton samples. I wish I hadn’t gotten all this :/

Flavors: Beany, Bitter, Carrot, Citrus, Cocoa, Floral, Grass, Mint, Musty, Stems, Wood

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