drank Little Red by white2tea
46 tasting notes

This was sent to me twice as a sample by W2T (thank you then, W2T packing elves), so I’ve had about 6 sessions and feel more comfortable reviewing it.

Prep: 60cc or 100cc gaiwan. I didn’t measure this out, just made a nice thick mound in my gaiwan. I tried this with boiling and 190F water. Steeps starting at 10s and going up to about 3 min. Also one session with less leaf and 2-4 minute steeps in a cup, western style attempt.
Sessions with this tea: 6

This is a very sweet, almost caro-syrupy/molasses tea to me. Roasty toasty malt notes with a heavy-handed cocoa flavor which showed up in both the aroma and the early steeps. The malty notes stuck around and steeps 5-8 were somewhat less intense with sweetness. I couldn’t seem to push much more out of this. This one is far too sweet for me to drink often, and if there were a category of “dessert teas” I would probably place this one there. I would probably recommend this tea for people who like black teas as a tea that has enough complexity and hits all the high notes to be enjoyable regularly, but I don’t see that it’s still for sale.

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