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drank 2020 Nightlife Mini by white2tea
96 tasting notes

2020 nightlife mini 7g, brita water off the boil, gaiwan gongfu

Smells like floral leaves. Tastes of light honey from the first infusion. Lovely, wouldn’t hesitate to buy a full cake on my next order from W2T.

Okay unfortunately I have no more notes as I had to finish an errand and forgot the tea. I stuck the leaves in the fridge and added them to a thermos with boiling water a few days later (no i didn’t die drinking tea brewed from couple days stuck in the fridge tea, I survived and still wrote this review). The brew turned out a little bitter and slightly sour, but it was okay I suppose. I wish I had more, but I will definitely order a full cake next time from W2T! if I had pleasant thoughts on Tiltshift, I remember this on the initial steep was even more obviously sweet (because most white teas have that subtle sweetness, but this was a bit more in your face).

Flavors: Floral, Honey

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
derk

I’ll drink shou and black tea over 2 days, some sheng over 3 days, all left at my table with the lid off the pot and a bit of leaf fluffing once the top layer dries out – to no ill effect!

m2193

If I have time to gongfu, I’ll usually try to finish the steeping for the sake of continuity in notetaking, but when I forget I’ll toss leaves in the fridge or leave them in gaiwan as well (don’t do it for Yixing since I haven’t dedicated my pots to anything to begin with and I’ve probably brewed too many different things in it at this point). When I first really got into gongfu, I was reading all this stuff about making sure to use the leaves within a set timeframe of X hours, absolutely no using overnight and whatnot. For what it’s worth, if I was drinking with other people, then no, obviously I wouldn’t use “old” leaf, but if I’m drinking by myself (per usual), then I find that it doesn’t affect too much as far as I can tell (so long as you’re not starting off with bad or spent tea to begin with)

White Antlers

While I rarely do gongfu, I am a careless tea drinker and usually have wet leaves sitting in a wire basket for days at a time until they are brewed out. I have been doing that for more than 5 decades with no discernible ill results to my health and well being.

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derk

I’ll drink shou and black tea over 2 days, some sheng over 3 days, all left at my table with the lid off the pot and a bit of leaf fluffing once the top layer dries out – to no ill effect!

m2193

If I have time to gongfu, I’ll usually try to finish the steeping for the sake of continuity in notetaking, but when I forget I’ll toss leaves in the fridge or leave them in gaiwan as well (don’t do it for Yixing since I haven’t dedicated my pots to anything to begin with and I’ve probably brewed too many different things in it at this point). When I first really got into gongfu, I was reading all this stuff about making sure to use the leaves within a set timeframe of X hours, absolutely no using overnight and whatnot. For what it’s worth, if I was drinking with other people, then no, obviously I wouldn’t use “old” leaf, but if I’m drinking by myself (per usual), then I find that it doesn’t affect too much as far as I can tell (so long as you’re not starting off with bad or spent tea to begin with)

White Antlers

While I rarely do gongfu, I am a careless tea drinker and usually have wet leaves sitting in a wire basket for days at a time until they are brewed out. I have been doing that for more than 5 decades with no discernible ill results to my health and well being.

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while this site is mostly inactive, the organization and formatting is convenient to add notes without the hassle of making a blog. Yes, people leave reviews elsewhere, but it’s convenient to have them all in one place when you’re deciding whether to purchase. Tastes are subjective, but hobbies tend to be universally expensive and time consuming; tea is no exception. Learning as it relates to perception is largely individual and thus these reviews represent my own experience, but also are my small contribution to reducing inefficient blind buys (ahem, tuition, as it were) universally.

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