33 Tasting Notes

45

95C

1st Steep (15s):
Light but sweet, with some lemony undertones ? Other than that nothing too interesting about this first steep, very light color.

2nd Steep (25s):
Nice and still, the citrusy taste is still pretty present, I admit this isn’t what I envisioned this to taste like.

3rd Steep (30s):
Some mild bitterness is starting, but for now it’s not prevalent, the citrus notes now fuse with that bitterness, giving a well-dimensioned taste, although most is at the front.

4th Steep (40s):
Not much difference to note

5th Steep (45s):
Now the bitterness is overwhelming, the citrus taste is gone

6th Steep (60s):
Completely bitter, gross.

- Flavor Complexity: 5/30
- Brewing Forgiveness: 15/20
- Quality Across Infusions: 5/20
- Overall Enjoyment: 20/30

45/100

- yaro

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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1st Steep (15s):
Light and Sweet

2nd Steep (20s):
Vegetal and it starts getting bitter for no reason

3rd Steep (25s):
Ouch, too bitter for me.

This is probably not gonna get any better, I know where this is going…

- Flavor Complexity: 15/30
- Brewing Forgiveness: 15/20
- Quality Across Infusions: 10/20
- Overall Enjoyment: 10/30

50/100

- yaro

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
MadHatterTeaReview

Don’t try their Gas, then. It’s bitter from start to finish, but the qi is heavy.

Yaroster

Suprisingly, I really liked Gas, the bitterness isn’t the same IMO, Gas’ bitterness comes from the front directly, hitting strongly at once and then fading away. teadontlie has this bitter vegetal note that I deeply hate and that grows slowly.

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drank 2024 Gas Minis by white2tea
33 tasting notes

Oooh this is a tea I’ve been waiting for.
One of the cheaper offerings from w2t, yet it sounds like one of the most interesting ones too.

Flash steeps ? Bitter ? God knows I hate those flavors, and that makes me all the more curious. Knowing my bias for bitter teas however, please take this review with a grain of salt.

15s wash.
Before anything, already regarding the smell I feel like we’re going for that everlasting vegetal bitterness that I oh so dislike. From the get go it’s already not a good point for this tea but I’m looking to be surprised.

1st Steep (5s, 93C):
5s is quite short, but this tea although compressed is already starting to reveal itself, now this is really interesting.
The taste is deep, that vegetal smell isn’t showing anything too spicy for now. This is a good steep.

2nd Steep (15s, 95C):
Again, not much, no bitterness, just some really nice character and depth, some things in the front and none of the vegetalness I’ve expected. Well balanced tea and the soup is light, this is very interesting.

3rd Steep (20s, 95c):
Oh, okay now it’s starting.
The bitterness is in the front, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced something like this.
This is definitely a “feature not a bug” situation, the bitterness builds up and then hits suddenly and in the very front as well, while the after-taste isn’t long lasting, the back of the taste is definitely deep, and the soup is so light too huhhhh ? Incredible.
But I know the next steep is were things are gonna hit.

4th Steep (30s, 95C):
That’s bitter, now everything is bitter. It’s so bitter on every level, I’m fascinated by how good this is. I have bitterness but I’m pleasantly surprised.

- Flavor Complexity: 30/30
- Brewing Forgiveness: 15/20
- Quality Across Infusions: 20/20
- Overall Enjoyment: 12/30 – While I really enjoy this tea, in the sense that I find it very interesting, I don’t think I could drink this more than once.

77/100

- yaro

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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75

New Nightlife review, let’s see what how this year’s batch holds up.

1st Steep 30s:
Nice and light, not any difference with the 2017 Nightlife for now. It’s really nice.

2nd Steep 20s:
Not much to say, it’s a nice tea for sure but there isn’t anything interesting more to say compared to the review I’ve already made of the 2017 nightlife.

3rd Steep:
Same thing again, nothing very interesting to say.
I love this tea, it’s a classic.

Knowing that, I’ll just go ahead and copy the review conclusion i made for the previous version of the Nightlife:

- Flavor Complexity: 25/30 – Offers a delightful range of flavors, particularly in the early steeps.
- Brewing Forgiveness: 15/20 – Can become bitter if brewed incorrectly, but generally performs well with proper care.
- Consistency Across Infusions: 15/20 – The flavors evolve but maintain a coherent profile.
- Overall Enjoyment: 20/30 – Highly enjoyable in initial infusions, but becomes predictable and less exciting.

75/100
Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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72

I deleted my review 3 times it goes something like this

1st Steep:
Honey-like, sweet
2nd Steep:
Overbrewed it but it’s still very good
3rd Steep:
Nice good equilibrium on the top, very round taste, definitely one of the best offering from PDT.

- Flavor Complexity: 15/30 – What it lacks in complexity, the tea gains in balance; it’s on the lighter end.
- Brewing Forgiveness: 15/20 – Seemed to take my 95°C pretty well!
- Quality Across Infusions: 17/20 – Definitely high quality and it resisted by overbrewing.
- Overall Enjoyment: 25/30 – I liked this. It’s a good session, very light, a good breakfast tea.

72/100

- yaro

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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drank 2024 Philtre Minis by white2tea
33 tasting notes

I got this mini as part of a giant purchase of samples from white2tea’s newly released teas ! (https://skoomaden.me/posts/teas-arriving-in-july/)

I actually got two of this mini by mistake lol, nice to note I also got a free 2024 nightlife mini ! (yay)

20s wash 95c

1st steep (15s):
Very bland vegetal green tea for now, nothing note worthy, no bitterness for now.

2nd steep (20s):
Boring, bitter green tea that I know is going to inevitably evolve into a bitter mess of vegetal astringency.
I can’t feel the “blend” part for sure.
Not great.

3rd steep (10s, 87C):
I don’t see where this is going at all, I’m sure a bigger fan of green teas could probably explain to me what’s going on but to me this is just not pleasant. While I admit it’s far from the worst green blend I’ve ever had, this is simply not good.
Bitter, boring, vegetal, the same traits we find in bad japanese greens, I didn’t like this one.

- Flavor Complexity: 10/30 – No complexity I could find at least.
- Brewing Forgiveness: 12/20 – Probably okay forgiveness overall.
- Quality Across Infusions: 10/20 – I mean it’s just boring throughout, and it got worse with time
- Overall Enjoyment: 12/30 – Boring (zzz).

44/100

- yaro

Flavors: Bitter, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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85

90C

1st Steep:
Ooooh complex this one, I really like this !
For a PDT blend I sure expected less, for a first steep this has some light notes of jasmin, just a bit smoky too with the some common features we can find in both greens and blacks. This is a surprisingly good tea !

2nd Steep:
The soup is oddly thick, but in a good way.
I cannot really describe it, it’s just a very satisfying tea, a perfect blend of both tea types where ones doesn’t overwhelm the other.
I wouldn’t be able to pinpoint specific flavors however, it really has a tiny bit of everything.

3rd Steep:
Light, thick and round.
That’s all this is, I love it.
I really love it.
Rare PDT W ?

- Flavor Complexity: 25/30 – This is a rather complex tea, yet it’s very light which makes it very pleasant.
- Brewing Forgiveness: 20/20 – Contrary to pure green tea, this seemed to handle different temperatures pretty well.
- Quality Across Infusions: 20/20 – This was all very surprising, high quality and delicious tea.
- Overall Enjoyment: 20/30 – I really liked it !

-yaro

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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