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drank 2020 Saturday Mass by white2tea
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Flavors: Bitter, Cedar, Citrus

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 11 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank 2019 Modern Witch by white2tea
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Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 11 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank 2020 Nightlife by white2tea
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Gongfu!

This white tea is so fresh and fragrant with varying notes of sugar snap peas, peony, cucumber pulp, honeysuckle, and just a hint of overripe honeydew through the session, all alongside consistent and grounding notes of sweetgrass and fresh cream!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/COWRAA-AtTS/

I had originally set out tonight to have this session at my usual hilltop tree stump, but when I passed this patch of gorgeous purple flowers I couldn’t resist having it there instead!!

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJDlhcj4_Ys&ab_channel=AstrachanMusic

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drank 2017 Turtle Dove by white2tea
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I figured since I tried the 2018 version of this (I think) a few days ago, I would knock this one out as well while it’s still fresh in my mind, for comparison’s sake. Using one coin for a ~16 ounce glass tumbler and steeping grandpa-style.

But really, it’s very similar, unsurprisingly. Not unpleasant, but very generic with a sort of bland hay-straw-wood flavor profile. Hints of dried apricot and a touch of astringency at the end of the sip. Some bitterness also started to come out after it steeped for a few minutes, which I don’t remember experiencing with the 2018 version.

Overall, it’s fine but not something I would purchase. But the good news is, there’s a lot to improve on for the other few white tea coins I have! :P

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Bitter, Dried Fruit, Hay, Straw, Tart, Wood

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 8 min or more 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Ooooooooooooooooh I like this one. I like this one a lot….I might love it. I bought 100 grams for just over $12, but should have gotten the bigger package. It definitely compares to more expensive black teas.

It’s solidly in the elusive “chocolaty” category of Fujian teas. The dry leaf is incredibly aromatic, smelling like chocolate covered fruit. The taste is not quite as dense as the aroma western, but it was very flavorful and naturally sweet. There was not too much complexity, but the light malt, heavy caramel, medium milk to dark chocolate, honey, citrus and hinting berry notes with a slight drying finish were really nice. It’s fairly forgiving, but has enough black tea bitterness to give it some edge. Chocolate notes were the most dominant in the first cup, fruit ones in the second, and maltlhoney in the last. The tea did not have too much staying power, but it was a happy medium that was very satisfying.

I need to gong fu and grandpa it before I rate it, but I’m already very satisfied with this tea. I think it might solve my black tea cost woes if it’s still around.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML
tea-sipper

This sounds more like the Jin Jun Mei I’m thinking of!

Daylon R Thomas

Unlike others, it’s not bud based or gold. I read that it uses a Meizhan varietal which is why it’s cheaper. Either way, it checks all my personal boxes for flavor so far.

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82
drank Stone Sparrow by white2tea
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Grandpa-style tea of the day! This was a swap sample from an Instagram tea friend.

Very enjoyable! I admit, I have little experience with yancha, so I don’t really have a good palate for it. But I found this to be quite pleasant – smooth, woody, and roasty with a sparkling minerality and a floral uptick at the end of the sip, and a delicate fruitiness. I see the description mentions red fruits, I’m not sure I can identify that specifically. There is definitely a tartness to it that could be strawberry or red currant, or perhaps an underripe stonefruit. But it’s quite subtle to my palate.

Anyway, tasty! And took very well to grandpa-style, even though I forgot about it a couple of times.

Flavors: Apricot, Floral, Fruity, Mineral, Roasted, Smooth, Spring Water, Stonefruit, Sweet, Tart, Wood

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank 2018 Turtle Dove by white2tea
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Sipdown! (not including in count since it wasn’t entered in my cupboard)

So I have a variety of single white tea coins from white2tea, most of which I ordered as a sampler set a couple of years ago. But this one was (I think) a free sample? I’m also not positive which year it is, as the coin only has the image on the front with no text. But I ordered in early 2019, and the other teas in my order were 2018 teas, so I’m going to assume this one is as well? (shrugs)

Anyway, steeping this grandpa-style today in a glass tumbler. It seems quite generic to me? And that’s not to say it isn’t pleasant, just not very exciting. It’s mellow with mostly hay, straw, light wood, and raw grain notes. A bit of dried apricot and some astringency in the finish. And that’s about it really.

Fine for mindless sipping, but quite unremarkable. :) I think I have a coin from the sampler that’s the 2017 pressing, hopefully that one is a bit more… something.

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Dried Fruit, Grain, Hay, Straw, Wood

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 8 min or more 16 OZ / 473 ML

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11 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Finally got my White2Tea package!

Alright, so this is not going to be a waxing poetic note. I was not a huge fan of this one. The packaging and presentation were awesome-I love the fox wrapper and the the gold and black tea coin.

Trying it out…eh. I plopped the coin and wasn’t sure what direction I’d go. I let it sit in 195 water for about 15 sec…and not much. Tannin, wood, cherry, and thinness. I then decided to go western for 2 minutes, and that was a bad idea with a 7 gram to 5 oz ratio. The tea came out bitter, woodsy, and a little bit flat. It’s got a nice malt and thick dry Yunnan quality, but it’s heavy with the tannin.

I tried again lighter with 30 seconds, the same bitter malt notes came up with some tomato. I haven’t touched it since.

I think I probably brewed it wrong, but I kinda expected more versatility. A part of me wishes I bought the Snowflake Dancongs instead. I’m holding off the rating to see if the second brew with my last coin is better.

Flavors: Bitter, Cherry, Drying, Malt, Tannin, Tea, Wood

Leafhopper

I almost bought their Dancongs and/or most of their Lapsangs in their last sale, but held off because I have so much tea. I really overdid it in 2020 and am paying the price now as all the spring teas come in.

Daylon R Thomas

Same. I over did it with the black teas last year, and a little bit with oolongs, though I’m not regretting it as much with the oolongs.

Leafhopper

I’m kind of the opposite. I have around 300 g of 2020 Taiwanese oolong I want to drink before buying any from 2021. At least black tea keeps longer—except, of course, for Darjeeling, of which I also have a lot.

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Another generous swap sample from an Instagram tea friend!

I’ve been sipping on this grandpa-style this morning, in a glass tumbler. I always make the mistake of using water that’s too warm at the beginning, and then it steeps for a long time before it’s drinkable for me… XD

Luckily this tea can’t really oversteep so it’s still lovely. Very earthy with plenty of musty hay and wet wood notes. It’s like a lovely combination of moody forest petrichor and sunny barn loft. Interwoven is a soft dried apricot flavor, more tart than sweet but with a nice richness to it. A hint of pepper perhaps? I do feel like I’m tasting the bamboo, as a sort of sweet grassy-woody note.

So pleasant, and still going now at 2 PM! I predict that I will give up before the tea does, ha ha…

Flavors: Apricot, Bamboo, Dried Fruit, Earth, Forest Floor, Grass, Hay, Musty, Nectar, Pepper, Petrichor, Smooth, Straw, Sweet, Tart, Thick, Wet Wood, Wood

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 8 min or more 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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75
drank 2018 Bamboo Shu by white2tea
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Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 10 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank 2020 Moon Waffles by white2tea
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My swap sample of this was actually from the 2019 pressing, but that doesn’t seem to exist on the white2tea website or Steepster, so I’ll leave the note here.

Steeped the little chunk using 200°F water for 10, 10, 15, 20, 30, 45, 60, 90s.

It was tasty! Very smooth and creamy with nice sweet hay and rolled oat flavors. Some stonefruit notes came out a couple of steeps in, giving it more of a peaches ‘n’ cream sort of feel. I also got a little floral hint at the end of the sip, which was nice.

I feel like I don’t have a good palate for these aged white teas, as they always taste similar to me and I didn’t detect much shift in flavor during the session. Next time I’ll have to remember to try grandpa style instead.

https://www.instagram.com/p/COOtJ5Ugym7/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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drank 2003 Nuo Xiang Shu by white2tea
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Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 10 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank 2017 Big O by white2tea
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Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 11 g 5 OZ / 160 ML

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Gongfu!

Morning session from my second day working on location! The studio I was at had this GORGEOUS hand painted stairway leading up to it and when I saw it the first day I knew that I wanted to bring teaware with for the second day and have tea on the stairwell at some point. Such a beautiful urban aesthetic!!

I caked this rich and aggressively woody shou after trying one of the Minis last year and it does not disappoint!! Aside for camphor notes from the first infusions up until this last; this rich brew is drenched in petrichor, decaying wood, and all the flavours of the dark part of the woods! I felt like it was a pretty average session length for a shou of this style, and having something deep and burly like that felt good as a morning kick in the butt/wake up tea.

Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CN5MmjvgfUH/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpwzaYDhtfI&ab_channel=paulwoolfordVEVO

tea-sipper

I’m annoyed instagram makes you login to see ANY photos now.. I don’t login because I don’t do instagram. This started probably a week ago.

Mastress Alita

I don’t even have an account at all and have had this problem for a long time. (And I am not making an account when I don’t use…)

derk

Checked it out. I don’t have an account but can see Ros’s link, can click to see their basic account plus another 40 or so photos

Mastress Alita

I just get a “you must login or else!” blank out screen on any Instagram link. Since I don’t have an account and don’t want an account, that pretty much means I can never see anything posted there. FB is nearly as bad for me, except they let me KINDA move their “sign in or else!” blockout screen down a bit so I get a tiny viewable window…

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drank 2018 Smoove Cocoa by white2tea
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Gongfu!

Paired w/ some blood orange for an outdoor tea session that was much more pleasant than the sheng session I had about a week ago that was just cold and nasty. I even got to enjoy the tea at my favourite hillside tree stump!! Nature’s “tea tray” – and what a good tea tray it is!

This shou is deep and woody with a pleasant mix of bitter oak, walnut, and syrupy raisin notes! I love how thick and warming this shou is, and the lingering sticky sweetness after each sip. There’s a bit of a molasses quality to it too – the dark sweetness and creeping and coating bitterness meshed together. The pleasant medicinal bitterness of the top notes and early infusions really complimented the blood orange in a way that made me think of chenpi as well. Really relaxing, and a good foray back into outdoor tea sessions.

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CNTPsKABp7Z/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ag2jLAhgS4&abchannel=LeSaiint-Topic

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So… uh… hi

Not gonna try and apologize for my absence other than to say the pandemic has just about killed me. Not in a COVID-way mind you, but my mental health has been so dang bad that it takes all my energy to make a K-Cup let alone have actual tea.

BUT! Today I decided to say “To heck with it” and gong fu. First time since 2019. And the tea I picked was from that lovely care package that’s been sitting in my drawer for a year now. I wanted to have something “Real” and when I dug through it, I found THIS!

First impression – Good golly this is drying. No really, it’s licking sawdust levels of dry, especially early in the session. As the session continues, the dryness eases up, but those first 6 or so pours, JEEBUS.

Second, with this called “Lumber Slut” I honestly expected it to be like eating a toothpick. However, I am happy to share it’s nothing like that. Oh, it’s woody, for certain. But the flavor is very complex. The first thing I thought was it tastes like copal incense smells, if that makes sense. It’s got a rich sweetness to it without being sugary. Then, as I explored, I noticed notes of leather and maple syrup (that got stronger as I progressed) with a strong tone of earthy and damp wood. Yes, there is wood here, not going to lie. There’s a LOT of wood in this. But like I said, it’s not “Chewing a toothpick” type of wood. The wood is tempered with a broad palate of other flavors that makes this absolutely delicious.

I will warn you, the hotter this is, the better. If you let it start to cool down it does taste like toothpicks. So I recommend having a relatively quick session. At least that’s what I found. I don’t have a proper kettle (just a glass Tea-Maker) and the water cools off fast. Also, from what I experienced, this isn’t the longest lasting tea you’ll find. About 16 or so pours and it was getting pretty weak, even with extended time.

But, for what I got from it, this was so dang good. For anyone out there who still has this particular version, I am extremely envious. I wish I could get more of this it was just so wonderful. So complex and rich.

Great stuff.

Flavors: Leather, Maple Syrup, Oak, Sweet, Wet Wood, Wood

Preparation
Boiling
Martin Bednář

Welcome back!

Michelle

Interesting tea name and ‘chewing on a toothpick’ made me lol. Good for sticking with it, I’d probably give up after 6 steeps of dry mouth. The good thing about steepster is you can catch up if you want, or just pick up like you never left.

Mastress Alita

I rarely can continue with a gongfu session past six steeps regardless! I usually just get tired of drinking that same tea and am ready to move on by that point, and that is usually about the amount I get through on one boiled kettle’s worth without having to boil more water (lazy).

Martin Bednář

Hah, same here Mastress Alita: I do one thermos of tea and rarely brew another kettle of water. Lazy as well…

derk

Shanie O – So glad you were able to enjoy it despite the tea being drying. I do have more if you’re interested.

Shanie O Maniac

Martin – Thanks for the WB. Hope to stick around this time. It looks like the offputting issues with the site are fixed now, so I should be good.

Derk – Oh, geez, I should be good for the moment. I just made a W2T order for some of the 2020. I’ll give an update when it gets here. Hope it’s at least comperable.

Mastress – I feel you. I’m never one for long gongfu sessions but after a rough day I needed to force myself to sit down and breathe, so having a nice long session was perfect for the occasion. And for the record, I had only boiled a third of a pot because my kettle is, again, glass and it cools really fast. If I’m going to be having a session, I only make part of a pot and then make more so that I’m not wasting water. And guess what? I did make more!

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forgot about the hint of smoke, like this cake a lot. subtle sweetness throughout, a little astringent, pretty vegetal in early steeps, complex bitterness. punches above its weight imo

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 130 OZ / 3844 ML

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Feel like I need to revise my original review after some additional steeps. On a side note, this is going to be my last review on Steepster until I can edit my profile. This is frankly pure unadulterated bullshit that needs to get fixed like yesterday. Trust me I’m a professional.

Previously I might have said this tea would be accounting middle-management if it were a job but I see now that this is a harsh if slapstick comparison. I’m save my best writing on this topic for a better platform, but the key to this tea is to go big. Mor leaf. Do this and you’ve got a burly delicious cup that offers dimensions and intrigue a-plenty for something marketed as a daily drinker. Forest floor and wood and PEAT dominate. It’s never smoky or chocolatey but hints at both.

For some the value on this cake might diminish when you think about the additional volume required to draw out the best performance, but frankly I’m thrilled to find such a great tea and don’t mind one bit.

Some folks like to add a song to their rating so here’s one appropriate for my feelings on both this tea and Steepster in general. Adios!

Petey – Apple TV Remote
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AVl-8Q_z4I

Flavors: Forest Floor, Peat, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
derk

ciao, i guess

DrowningMySorrows

Check back now and then to see if you can edit it. I wasn’t able to edit mine a while back when I tried to but now I can. I’m not really sure why you can only edit sometimes.

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