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
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.
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 !
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
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.
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
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.