486 Tasting Notes

This is generous sample i got from Terri HarpLady- thank you.
I made it western style 1tsp, 205F 8oz 3min
This tea is soo good. its sweet, malty, multigrain bread. it has Fijian dark chocolate notes as well. this type of tea i’ll never be tired of drinking. it goes on my every day growing shopping list for Yunnan Sourcing. 100% order.
Once i get more of it i will try gongfu style.
Thank you so much Terri for including this sample. i really enjoyed this tea

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

Their selection is so huge, I’m afraid to get “caught” inside their website and never be able to come out, lol!

boychik

true. But you should follow Terri’s cupboard. thats what i do;)

boychik

Terri for blacks
mrmopar for shu and sheng

TheTeaFairy

Haha! I agree! I’m awaiting a box from Terri, I bet it’ll be easier to make my selection once I have tried a few for myself…

Stephanie

ooh she sent me that one true. Must try!!!

sansnipple

I find their Yi Mei Ren black pretty similar (and similarly great), if you haven’t tried that one yet, a bit less roasty and a bit more sweet, but still in the same family i think.

boychik

i have to try that too. thanks for recommending, im gonna pay attention to it while sampling

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heaping 1TBSP 185F 150ml gaiwan
1st steep 5sec. So pale, almost colorless. Smells of chorizo (i must be hungry). not strong, but so delicious. i find nuts, sugar snap peas, hay. its very smooth. nice mouth feel, some tongue numbing ( maybe I need it,cause i talk too much)
it is delicate but flavorful.
2 steep 10sec Whoa! this is too much.its like Longjing overbrewed. very strong vegetable notes and bitter. my mouth more numb.
3rd steep 5 sec its like young sheng. bitter. i dont like it.

Western style (Lee style)
1tsp 165F 8oz 7 min
Nice white tea, not much interesting notes . just tea. How abt leaving it steeping for 30min. Its nice more Longjing not overbrewed,almost no bitterness,but some interesting cool mint showed up.

To conclude, my favorite brew was 1st gongfu style, but its kinda wasteful, because i liked only one steep. Any suggestions on how to brew successfully white tea are welcomed. maybe i should start a thread.

yyz

I usually do gongfu but with a little less leaf and a longer steep time. I normally use about 1.5 TSP / 8 0z and around 75°C. After a rinse my first steep is about 50s. The first steep is some times a little thin but I find the second and third steeps to have a nice creamy thick texture. My second and third steeps are close to 50s as well. I’ve generally enjoyed white teas this way. I modified mine from the Tao tea leaf brewing guide http://www.taotealeaf.com/blog/tea-steeping-guide/

TheTeaFairy

Interesting. I’m not a huge consumer of white tea, but I do have a few favourites, silver needles and bai mu dan white poeny mostly. I rarely do gongfu brew with whites, I brew them like I’ve been brewing some of my green teas for a while now, the David Duckler glass tumbler method, here’s the video. Note that I use the basket method, at 2min 51sec. It works every time, never a bitter cup. I brew usually with water around 70c for about a min max, sometimes even less depending of how it smells. Kind of the opposite of what Lee does, lol, that’s why I want to also try her method to see how it compares. But this works for me. (5g of tea approx. is usually my standard.)

http://youtu.be/5jO0wH7vTpQ

boychik

Thank you yyz for your suggestions. I think I will try it again tomorrow. I’m curious to see what flavors will show up. I want to learn to love whites to fully appreciate sheng.

boychik

Thank you TheTeaFairy for your method of brewing whites. It’s all different. I feel like a scientist experimenting;). Luckily I got 50g so it’s plenty. Just want to say for the record that my 1st steep gongfu style was like nothing I tried before.

TheTeaFairy

I know, right? So many ways, that’s why I rarely give up on a tea I buy. In the end, it’s all about finding your own sweet spot, there’s no real rules, that’s what’s so interesting :-)
Glad you could at least experience a superb first steep!

sansnipple

I’d try lower temps, treat it like a really delicate pure-bud green (since that’s what this one basically is), like maybe 165-170

boychik

I did western 165. Tasted like water even after 7 min

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recent order from Whispering Pines. Leaves are gorgeous long twisted mix of pale green, green and dark,almost black.
my first steep i made according to instructions: 1TBSP 190F 8oz 3min
it produced pale yellow green brew. Very nice,complex flavor. Kinda hard to separate into notes. I’ve noticed that i prefer to drink white tea as it cools. more flavors become noticeable. Also i remember that Lee brews her whites like 165F and long steep. So i decided to try my second steep 165F set my timer for7 min, and completely forgot about it. I’d say it was steeping for good 45min. Gorgeous dark golden brew, flavors are delicious. i got some peach, grape, honey, hay, nuts. no trace of bitterness. i love it this way. it kinda reminded me Oriental Beauty. From now on this is how i’m going to treat my whites. Thank you Lee !

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

Now it’s your turn to inspire me to drink a tea…I have some of this as well! Maybe later tonight or tomorrow, sounds wonderful!

boychik

Not tonight. It has some caffeine. I was almost asleep then after 2 cups I’m like wide awake

Lee

Lol cool :) UR welcome

TheTeaFairy

Boychik, the good part about being an insomniac is that it doesn’t make any difference whether I have caffeine or not, I don’t sleep anyways!

Lee, I will also try your method, sounds too good not to ;-)

Lee

Yes I baby white teas. But I do 185 on white peony usually for 3",,,just depends on the tea I have I guess.

boychik

Ok Lee, now you have to make a chart for us which temp for which type of white. I’m real dummy when it comes to white tea.

Lee

Lol I like them bc if you can burn your mouth,,,you burned the tea. I like green tea too bc of that. But that’s just my own rule,,,I’m no expert for sure.

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TheTeaFairy ’s note about Ailaoshan from Whispering Pines encoraged me to try this tea.
thru Wiki i found that longan and lychee are cousins, they are in the same soapberry family. people say that lychee is more fragrant and potent. by looking at the pics i realized that i probably eat longan thinking it was lychee.
i did make this tea gongfu style before. for some reason i didnt record that which makes me think it wasnt right method for me. i prepared the same way as WP recommends. 1/2 TBSP 205F 8oz 3 min
the tea tastes very fruity(lychee kind),sweet,juicy, some nuts and white rice.
i havent detected any chocolate, caramel, or plum. it does taste like Taiwanese black tea style.
And i came to the conclusion that i need to get a sample fr. Whispering Pines because these teas sound different

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Tabby

I need one of those samplers, too. I stalk their page a lot looking at their super unique blends.

boychik

sadly, this tea is not offered as sample choice on WP;(

TheTeaFairy

Interesting boychik, we seem to be having a VERY different experience, lol. Longan / lychee sounds pretty neat, though I did not find any in my cup. I saw after that it was in the description, along with plum. My interpretation of plum translates into dried fruits I think. Thanks for reviewing yours :-)

Tabby, too bad WP doesn’t offer it as a sample, but if you are a black tea lover, I doubt that you would regret it, one ounce is very little for such a tasty tea :-)

boychik

I know, i just have to have it. Just for comparison sake

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Excellent tea for breakfast. The smoke grew on me, I love it and crave each morning. Gives me lots of energy. Besides smoke I noticed some sweetness . Very smooth and balanced. 1/3 of can left.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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i have various travel mugs, cheap and expensive, original Timolino I got fr Davids Tea, but i find I use this particular one daily. The main reason is slide-tab closure. i dont have to open it in order to drink. its especially useful in a car. It doesn’t retain flavors fr previous teas, i try not to forget and clean it every time. My cheap mugs tend to smell no matter what. i use baking soda or Efferdent, but they still smell.

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I received my order today. i was so excited to try this tea. its the most popular fr Whispering Pines and i was curious to try. prepared according to the WP instructions. this blend is unbelievable, i didnt imagine how amazing could that be . its chocolaty smooth, bready, vanilla, in other words, perfection in a cup. Nothing artificial. its notes remind me Verdant’s Laoshan Black on steroids. bold and smooth. i made 3 steeps. 2nd and 3rd were pretty good, maybe a little less vanilla, but still were close to the original. I’d say more bread came out. I kept sniffing my empty cup, it smelled like handmade fudge.
i’m very happy that i ordered from Whispering Pines. i placed an order last Friday, got on Monday. And i really love to get handwritten notes. Thank you Brenden

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Cream, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
ohfancythat (whatshesaid)

Oh man the anticipationis killing me! Maybe mine will come tomorrow :)

Marzipan

Is it similar to brioche?

boychik

Nope. i think its similar to Laoshan Black. Bread notes not like pastry,but more like rye bread. but again, its how i taste it.

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drank Bohea by Harney & Sons
486 tasting notes

this is a sample with my recent purchase.
205F 3g 8oz 3.5min
the brew is light golden brown. its malty rye bread,some stone fruits, cherry, but its not over the top. dont get me wrong, its very flavorful but delicate at the same time. has some muscatel notes, some sips had sour note. No smoke detected.
in a blind test i probably wouldn’t recognize this tea as Chinese, more Darj/Nepal type. Very pleasant. i love it. but its soo expensive. $45 for 2oz. i’m glad I picked this sample. i would buy it only if some crazy BF sale 40% off would happen on H&S which i doubt.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
boychik

I think I liked resteep even more. It was bolder and smoother. Glad I tried.

Nicole

I have the same want for a sale on their Panyang Golden.

boychik

Now I have to try Panyang Golden;)

Nicole

Sample size. I hoard them. :)

boychik

Too bad they don’t sell samples in store. You have to buy 2oz min. On the other hand, last time I went there I asked if they can fix me a cup to try and they did. You know in this white tasting cup covered. It wasn’t busy they just opened the shop. So they didn’t force me to buy a cup in cafe area. It’s cheaper to buy 2 oz than a cup.

Nicole

It’s cheaper long term to buy the 2 oz of Panyang than the samples, but I just can’t make myself do it all at once. :) And good to know about the 2 oz min. in store. I am planning to visit there on my trip in June and I’ve offered to bring tea back for people. That’s a helpful piece of information to know!

Nicole

And I only see the Panyang Congou on their site at the moment. So that means I’m really hoarding the samples I have!

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