drank 2016 Teadontlie by white2tea
61 tasting notes

6g in 100mL, 90-100C.
Thanks to oolongowl :)
Starts off delightfully light, floral, and fruity as promised. As the leaves actually open up on the second steep, these flavors intensify, and by steep 3 or 4 I’m getting some head fuzziness and…I stopped taking notes. The bodyfeel from this was quite pleasant, not a “knock you out” tea, but still really a nice head-fuzz feeling. By mid to late steeps though, it was a crazy wall of astringency/dryness, like I had a sore throat and also hadn’t had water in like a day. Regardless, the tea had a great texture and body feel continuing, and once you push past the astringency this tea turns almost like sickly sweet tropical fruits with no astringency in sight. I’m considering beenging this once it sits in Paul’s storage longer…keeping a close eye on stock levels. Would be an instant-beeng and much higher rated for me personally if the astringency were toned down a hair without losing texture as I suspect bringing down to 90C would do…but I’ll give it a go anyways. FYI Paul’s description is right on point though, this astringency should hopefully calm down with age.

Update: astringency be damned, as much as I hate it and makes me miserable…I’m craving this even just a day later…

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Fruity, Pineapple

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