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drank 2018 Ghosts by White2Tea
524 tasting notes

Unlike for TWT, my impression of this tea improved as the session went on. It also lasted about 14 infusions, which is fairly good. Early on, I found the tea too astringent and light bodied. On the other hand, the second half of the session shows more enduring sweetness and a creamier, thicker mouthfeel that remains interesting all the way until the last steep.

I found the aroma of this blend very weak and uninteresting. The only notes sticking out in early stages were those of spearmint and anise. The taste of the rinse is juicy and mineral with a vegetal bitterness. Early infusions are bittersweet and astringent with flavours of honey, green bell pepper, black pepper, fennel seeds and slightly marine character. Late steeps were more floral and agreeable for me personally. The aftertaste is tangy and kind of green tea like. As for the texture, it is coating, drying, and waxy at first, but get very creamy later on as I already alluded to.

2018 Ghosts seems like a mix of the profiles of two other W2T teas I own, namely Year of the Rooster and Demon Slayer. Ultimately, I find it less enjoyable than both, despite being more expensive than either. It is quite an unremarkable tea without a distinctive character all in all.

Flavors: Anise, Astringent, Bitter, Black Pepper, Fennel, Fennel Seed, Floral, Green Bell Peppers, Marine, Spearmint, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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Currently, I am a PhD student at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Ontario. Apart from teas and mathematics, I enjoy sports and traveling, as well as music of all kinds.

I have been a fan of green tea for a while and only recently (in 2017) started exploring other kinds of tea in greater depth. I rarely drink blends or white tea and avoid artificially scented teas. Other than that I try to keep it varied. The one thing that I am currently missing in my collection are teas from India, in particular some Darjeelings.

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