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This is my last white tea from a teabox; it came from the Discovery Teabox, so thank you to Skysamurai for hosting the teabox and all contributors for sharing their teas! I had a small amount of leaf so I decided to use my mini gaiwan, which holds about 40ml of water comfortably, for the session.

1.65g / 40ml (mini gaiwan) / 185F / 20s|30s|40s|50s|60s|70s|80s

The wet leaf both looks and smells like autumn leafs on the ground after a rain shower. The brew in the cup is a light tawny yellow and has a somewhat sweet, floral aroma; the first infusion tasted delicate, sweet, floral, and a little fruity, with the main notes presenting as honeysuckle and rose. The second infusion was slightly darker and a little more metallic on the nose, with a strong rose and berry aroma, and a more present fruit flavor (strawberry?) came out on the tongue. The back of my tongue picked up an autumn leaf vegetal taste toward the end of the sip. The third infusion was stronger in the autumn leaf notes still, with some woody notes as well, in both aroma and taste. The fourth infusion brought out mellower notes of melon and pear. The strong rose, honeysuckle, and pear surfaced during later infusions. I let the session go until I spilt the tea dangerously close to my laptop and took that as a divine sign, though to be fair the water in my thermos was starting to lose some warmth and the tea was fading by then anyway.

It was a pleasant session and I’m glad I got to sample the tea, thanks!

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Berry, Earth, Floral, Fruity, Honeysuckle, Melon, Metallic, Pear, Rose, Smooth, Strawberry, Sweet, Vegetal, Wood

185 °F / 85 °C 1 g 1 OZ / 40 ML

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drank 2013 Aged Shou Mei by Verdant
3141 tasting notes
Discovery Tea box – Tea #18

It’s odd… I had to add this to Steepster. Not sure why it wasn’t here already. I wasn’t really paying attention to this tea, so I just noticed it’s a white tea. Nothing great, nothing offensive. I drank two cups. Wow, what a fantastic tasting note. Well, I added it to Steepster, so I figured I’d have to say something about it… or possibly no one else ever will. (Or possibly this being unnoteworthy for me was a problem for other people and they never added it to Steepster because of that?)


hmm I thought I had logged a tasting note for this one. I will have to remedy that soon. thanks for adding it!

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drank Ye Lai Xiang Dancong by Verdant
491 tasting notes

Meh, this dan cong didn’t really do anything for me. The aromas were tantalizing but the flavor didn’t match up. The leaves were dark, lightly twisted ribbons with an orchid and chocolate malt aroma. Once steeped, the aroma changes to sandalwood, spices, and wet rocks. The brewed tea has a fairly generic dan cong taste profile. There’s a bit of honey, some spice, woodsiness, and roasted tones. A little fruitiness comes out as it cools. The roast on this tea is light and reminded me of a light baked Taiwanese Jin Xuan oolong. First couple of steeps were okay, but it quickly went flat and by the 4th steep, it was mostly woodsy and had a slight oily mouthfeel.

Flavors: Roasted, Spices, Wet Rocks, Wood

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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Another show stopper. For those who don’t like the full on pu-erh experience but would like to like pu-erh, I would recommend this one.
The nose is forrest floor, humic, sea shore, salty, mushrooms.
The palate is light, slight honey, seashore, savory and very lightly salty, umami, little bit cinnamon, and raisins, with a lingering sweetness.

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I seemed to be able to do better brewing this one. It is light and delicate, but the flavors are definitely there and it is a fuller less thin tea than the other dancongs that i have tried. Nose and palate are very similar with sweet orange, celery, osmanthus, rose, roasted barley, and delightful peach on the finish. Backward ( the flavor seems to be stronger on the back of the palate ).

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drank Ye Lai Xiang Dancong by Verdant
91 tasting notes

I have some trouble with dancong teas, they just seem to brew very light and delicate for me compared to other wulongs. If any one has any suggestions as to what I may be doing wrong, please let me know. That said, this one is very light, jasmine, rose, roasted barley, pineapple and slightly vegetal.

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