71 Tasting Notes

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drank 2021 Moon Waffles by white2tea
71 tasting notes

I’ve been having this for the past three days. So many steepings! Like… around 40 or 50. The square opened up very gradually. Flavors were light for the first few steepings, but then remained creamy and floral-fruity without faltering. This is just perfect for when I want to sip a warm drink endlessly while getting some work done.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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90
drank 2021 Gas by white2tea
71 tasting notes

Finishing off my sample. This was my drink of choice for my brief fast after Christmas dinner. The energy here is special, very mindful and sensory. The 6th steeping continues to hit like a truck. My awareness is forced toward only the thing I’m currently focused on, and everything else just barely exists. I had this in the evening and went to lie down in bed soon after ending the session to listen to some music. I was half-dreaming while still awake for a while, which isn’t totally unusual for me but was definitely influenced by Gas. I left a song on repeat for like two hours, literally had a one-track mind.

I took advantage of the free shipping sale yesterday to order a cake.

Listening to SKETAMINE by Dean Blunt.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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One of my favorite David’s Tea offerings. Glad to have stocked up on it again after a while.

We were visiting Chicago in 2014 not long after we started dating and saw a David’s Tea store for the first time and got a whole bunch of samples. We both loved this one the most.

Still saddened by the closure of their US locations. It was always such a fun place to go.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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Old Ways Tea December box.

Mmmm. Tea drunk. Feeling weightless. When I close my eyes it feels like I’m drifting on a cloud. I could barely utter complete words.

Viscous, as was the Shui Xian in the same box that I forgot to write a note on, oops.

I think of funnel cake and Pennsylvania(?).

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Packs a punch. Swirling, stinging, clarifying. Sweet at first, then bitter peppery astringency with a tiny bit of smoke.

Zipped and zoomed around the apartment sliding on my socks, to give you an impression of how I felt afterward. Felt like a child in all the best ways.

Considering getting two cakes at this price, one to age, one to drink soon. Could be special if it produces an energy like that reliably.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
derk

Sometimes you need a little zoomZIP.

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Soothing smoky peaty sweetness. Later woodsy, slightly fruity. Delicate bitterness that never overwhelms. Cozy as hell.

I should have added more of this to my Black Friday order. I still have like 90g left so I have time but meh. I always forget something.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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drank 2021 Bosch by white2tea
71 tasting notes

Fruity and juicy. Fell asleep in between steepings, that would be the work of the COVID booster I got yesterday. I think there was good energy here but it got kind of muddled with my light fever. But the sitting nap was nice! Tranquil if a bit disorienting.

Pronounced huigan, sweet-bitter-astringent, later sour and saliva-inducing. It all lingers seemingly forever in my mouth.

Listening to Mt. Ambient Vs Spasm by Soichi Terada.

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drank Moon Bear by white2tea
71 tasting notes

August w2t club, ~90g cake. Loving the back-and-forth between the white flavors and the dark smoke. Bitterness is welcomed in later steepings and melds the two together. My mind was fooled into thinking that I was having a smoky aged sheng during gaps in the session. Great focusing energy.

Curious how it’d be if the smoke were dialed back just a little bit.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Haven’t been on here that much lately which makes me a little sad. :( Been dealing with some mental health stuff but I’m on the mend. Drinking plenty tea just not logging it.

Mellow, lasting shou with calming, restorative energy. Starts off with the sweet, woodsy shou profile I’ve come to expect, then has a subtle zing to it, like peppery umami.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
ashmanra

Glad to see you back on here! Much peace, joy, and strength to you!

Martin Bednář

You got this! I feel yu with mental issues.

tea-sipper

Wishing you all the good health.

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First experience with an old sheng, and it was excellent. The foresty goodness I crave for was so vibrant and complex here. Interesting notes of a brick oven and fresh rice. Hui gan was like an empty cinnamon Altoids tin. Great mood lifting energy. I brought this home as a sample but I’d like to try it at the tea house next time.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Hello! My name is Mateusz, or Mat for short. Started brewing gong fu style in January 2021. This is mostly for logging purposes; don’t expect fancy reviews as I’m not great at picking up every note and hint and I’m not too picky anyway.

Happy to exchange tea samples! I haven’t been great at updating my cupboard but feel free to ask about the teas that I log on here.

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