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More white tea. I’m using this as a medicinal brew today. It’s been an unfortunate few days. I’ve been battling some kind of infection, migraines, vertigo, seasonal allergies and asthma that caused me to miss my first few days with a new employer. Very embarrassing but they’re accommodating. Hopefully the doctor today can tell me what’s going on. I’m drinking this tea due to its pronounced menthol effect. Red Jade (or Ruby #18) teas usually ooze a cooling sensation from my ears and chest, offering some temporary relief of my ailments.

This tea is a little different every time I drink it, which would be exciting if I were in an excitable mood but I’m not, heh. Today it’s a smooth tonal brew. More tones than distinct aromas and flavors.

Teapot time: 5g, 100mL porcelain, rinse of 10s (drank) followed by short steeps starting at 10s. Steeps forever.

Dry leaf smells herbal-sweet and menthol. After the rinse, the leaf aroma has a dominant wintergreen note with a moderate savory undertone and some hay, autumn leaf and menthol. The liquor aroma starts lightly malty and opens into something more floral, ending the session with tones of florals, lemon, tart berries and sweet vanilla. Taste is nectar sweet, slightly tart, savory and herbal, hay and autumn leaf with a light but long and cooling mentholated finish in the mouth that moves its way through my body, down my throat and into my chest, out my ears. The menthol becomes stronger as the session progresses. Light apricot-melon aftertaste.

I normally get pretty blitzed from this tea (see ashmanra’s review) and other Red Jades but today I’m not feeling it. That’s good. Take it easy, derk.

Flavors: Apricot, Autumn Leaf Pile, Berry, Flowers, Hay, Herbs, Lemon, Malt, Melon, Menthol, Mineral, Nectar, Smooth, Sweet, Tart, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
tea-sipper

Crap derk, I hope all of your ailments disappear quickly. Feel better soon!

mrmopar

Feel better soon Derk!

Kawaii433

I’ve had vertigo twice and it’s by far the worst feeling I’ve ever had. Hoping the doctor could figure it out as well, and make you 100%, derk.

Ubacat

Agree with Kawaii433. Vertigo is the worst. It’s amazing though that you can pick up that many flavours while being sick. When I’m sick I can’t pick up any taste at all. Hope you’re feeling better soon.

LuckyMe

Get feeling better soon derk!

Kittenna

Definitely not the way you want to start off a new job! Hope you get back to feeling yourself soon :)

haptiK

i haven’t had white tea yet, but your lovely post makes me want to try it!

Martin Bednář

Get well soon!

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tea-sipper

Crap derk, I hope all of your ailments disappear quickly. Feel better soon!

mrmopar

Feel better soon Derk!

Kawaii433

I’ve had vertigo twice and it’s by far the worst feeling I’ve ever had. Hoping the doctor could figure it out as well, and make you 100%, derk.

Ubacat

Agree with Kawaii433. Vertigo is the worst. It’s amazing though that you can pick up that many flavours while being sick. When I’m sick I can’t pick up any taste at all. Hope you’re feeling better soon.

LuckyMe

Get feeling better soon derk!

Kittenna

Definitely not the way you want to start off a new job! Hope you get back to feeling yourself soon :)

haptiK

i haven’t had white tea yet, but your lovely post makes me want to try it!

Martin Bednář

Get well soon!

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Wuyi and Taiwanese oolong, sheng and shou puerh, Yunnan and Wuyi blacks, Laoshan green. I also appreciate Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Darjeeling and Nepali teas, bagged tea and herbal teas/tisanes.

I take my teas without milks or sweeteners except sometimes chai and the rare London Fog or matcha latte. I generally steep a tea until it has no more to give.

I’ll try anything once because it helps me learn. Not opposed to well placed herbs, flowers, fruity bits and flavorings. Just nothing cloying especially banana, caramel, coconut, cinnamon or maple. And no added sugars, sweeteners, candy or chocolate.

Preference reference:

100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.
89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again.
79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.
69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.
59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possess off flavors/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.
Unrated: Haven’t made up my mind or some other reason. If it’s puerh, I likely think it needs more age.

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