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drank 2016 Hot Brandy by White2Tea
4 tasting notes

Yet another great White2Tea offering! Admittedly I’m not so familiar with any kind of white tea, and have only tried a few Yunnan black teas. Upon opening the sample bag, I was hit with an intense fruity, apricot, and raisin scent. The leaves are very pretty; they remind me of fallen autumn leaves! A very quick, 1 second rinse later, the wet leaves smelled strongly of the black tea—for some reason reminds me of oven-fresh sweet potatoes? Well, anyways, I actually started out brewing this with lower temperatures, since I was under the impression that with the white tea I would want to brew it at 190 degrees. However, after the third steep I turned the heat up to 200 degrees
1st steep (5s) – malty and sweet apricot flavor. Yup, can definitely tell this is black tea from Yunnan!
2nd (7s) – same thing, but started noticing floral notes
3rd (10s) – feels slightly thicker than before! The floral/hay notes are also becoming more obvious. My mouth also started to feel a bit dry.
4th (15s) – malty, slightly astringent, but still fruity. The apricot flavor is fading away
5th (15s) – The malt is becoming less obvious but I can now taste the sweeter, floral notes of the tea—probably from the white tea. It kind of coats my throat, yet it is becoming more astringent.
6th (20s) – same thing, but with a delightful raisin note at the end
I started feeling the caffeine kick after this, but all in all a pretty wild ride! The way the flavors of the white and black tea interact make this cake is really interesting. I’m ordering a cake of this. I’m definitely going to steep this some more later today.

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Brandy, Drying, Floral, Fruity, Hay, Honey, Malt, Mineral, Smooth, Stonefruits, Sweet Potatoes, Tannic, Thick

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Poor kid who is fairly new to the tea world. My favorite teas so far are oolongs (any flavor profile) shou and young sheng puerh, and all kinds of greens (especially sencha!). Always looking for new things to taste. I’m especially interested in trying more puerh.
Ratings:
90-100 Absolutely amazing, would always try to get more when I have the chance
80-90 Great! Probably where I’d put daily drinkers under
70-80: Good, nothing spectacular but still would drink
60-70: OK, but probably wouldn’t get more of it/might not be my kind of thing
50-60: Definitely not getting more, wouldn’t recommend to anyone
1-50: Wouldn’t drink even if you held me at gunpoint.
Ratings are based on my experience and whether I liked the tea or not. Obviously I’m no expert but my main intent is to record my tea notes here where I can read them later and share my experiences with other people. I’m a firm believer that if you enjoy the tea, however you drink it, then it’s good tea.

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