Sun Moon Lake T-18

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Black Tea
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 g 14 oz / 414 ml

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  • “Tonight I’m brewing SML in a gaiwan, because I’ve yet to short steep it until now. Anyway, First steep starts off tasting very mild and friendly, then after a few seconds a rush of flavour comes...” Read full tasting note
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  • “2021 sipdown no. 52 A bit of a sad sipdown, but I can’t decide if I want 50g of this in my cupboard or not. It’s very tasty, but I seem to go back and forth on it. Today there’s malty sweetness...” Read full tasting note
  • “My morning tea during the first of several video calls. It’s nice to be getting into work but I hate video calls so it was nice having a little cup of tea to keep me company.” Read full tasting note
  • “Gong Fu session from last Sunday! I enjoyed this one immensely, but what made it even better was brewing out the whole session over some great conversation with a whole bunch of the Slack tea chat...” Read full tasting note
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From Camellia Sinensis

This is one of Taiwan’s rare black teas. It is from the renown T-18, a hybrid of bushes from Birman and Taiwan. Once infused, the long, pretty leaves have a soft aroma of wintergreen. Lightly mentholated and generously fruity with notes of prune and raisin, its liquor is robust and silky. Perfect for those special mornings.

See the company’s blog post for more information about this tea: https://camellia-sinensis.com/carnet/?p=84&lang=en

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Tonight I’m brewing SML in a gaiwan, because I’ve yet to short steep it until now. Anyway,

First steep starts off tasting very mild and friendly, then after a few seconds a rush of flavour comes out. I’m getting a hint of the unique SML flavours here, malt, zesty tomato, vanilla, grains, cinnamon

Second steep it obviously much stronger, with the typical powerful SML flavours showing up.

Sniffing gaiwan lid, the scents made me think of soy sauce and tomato.

Moving onto the third steep, it keeps getting more and more intense. Now there is a minty/menthol flavour coming out. It mixes really well with the existing flavours into something that makes me think of licorice.

At the fourth steep the tea leaves have completely unfurled. Tasting the liquor, the mint is more powerful, along with the existing flavours. I think this fourth cup really tests your tolerance for STRONG flavours.

The fifth steep tasted like the tea flavour was weakening, but it’s otherwise pretty strong.

Sixth to twelfth steeps continued to get progressively weaker, but otherwise I enjoyed the typical SML flavours.

I go into more depth with my earlier tasting note, but in summary: I love SML because it is such a unique tea.

This short steeping experiment worked out nicely, I think I prefer it to the traditional one steep western style. For one thing, I think the menthol/mint comes out better here. As a bonus, the long, twisted dark leaves are a delight to watch in a gaiwan, and the large open mouth of this tea vessel makes it great to sniff the wet leaves.

100ml gaiwan, 2 tsp, 12 steeps (30s, +15s resteeps)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec
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what is a gaiwan if i may ask?

Dorothy

Sure, it’s a small tea vessel that has the appearance of a lidded bowl. Using a gaiwan is ideal for short steeping tea because you fully decant the liquid and reserve tea leaves in it.
There are some great pictures on on wikipedia plus more information for you to look at if you are still curious: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaiwan

Feel free to ask anyone on Steepster for more information, most of us are happy to share what we know. :)

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2021 sipdown no. 52

A bit of a sad sipdown, but I can’t decide if I want 50g of this in my cupboard or not. It’s very tasty, but I seem to go back and forth on it. Today there’s malty sweetness with a hint of perhaps spearmint in the background? Unique and enjoyable!

Putting a reminder here because I do think I at least need to pick up another sample pack in the next order.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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My morning tea during the first of several video calls. It’s nice to be getting into work but I hate video calls so it was nice having a little cup of tea to keep me company.

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Gong Fu session from last Sunday!

I enjoyed this one immensely, but what made it even better was brewing out the whole session over some great conversation with a whole bunch of the Slack tea chat people on Hangouts! It made for really casual, fun tea drinking where I felt like I was enjoying the tea with friends even though I was drinking solo and they didn’t actually get to experience the tea I was drinking.

It doesn’t hurt that in general Sun Moon Lake teas tend to be something that hits all of my sweet spots when it comes to black tea. This one wasn’t an exception, after the first two or three steeps I really got that lovely sweet spot where the profile was smooth, and full bodied with sweet notes of freshly baked bread, honey, malt, cocoa, sweet potato, and raisins. It’s a lovely pairing, and coats the mouth in a way that leaves you so thirty for more.

I didn’t actually track the amount of infusions I did, but it was easily over a dozen – possibly closer to twenty. I pushed this one right up until the liquor was just coming out colourless and there was NO flavour left. I mean, I really made those leaves give me all that they possibly could. It was a delicious tea, and one I’m eager to revisit!

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Evol Ving Ness

Nice photograph!

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