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March 2022 Sipdown Challenge — A tea that makes you happy

Like a meadow. Wildflowers, straw and flax notes are backed up by a muted dried spicy-leafy-herbacous tone and the taste of a light clover honey. The tea sips astringent and becomes sweet and viscous as it moves which allows the honey to swell, but the astringency breaks through especially under the tongue.

Thank you Martin for the sample! It was my first Georgian white tea. A good tea to brace my senses and get me more in line with this daylight savings time shift. Now to make the most of my 3-day weekend :)

Flavors: Astringent, Drying, Flowers, Herbs, Honey, Mint, Spicy, Straw, Sweet, Viscous

Martin Bednář

You are welcome. I think that Georgian white tea is indeed a rarity, moreover if wild grown! I am happy that you liked it.

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Another finally opened pouch.
But I am sitting here and trying to write a tasting note and… nada. I feel so off-track recently when it comes to tea. The leaves are looking so beatuful, the pictures are true to reality. Wild grown, organic, white tea from Georgia is something unique I just had to order, even it is one of the most expensive teas I have in my collection.

I did two western steeps. First one was rather long, so it gets quite a thick texture, but filled with nice peachy note and a bit of other stonefruits. Then some minerality appears. It was quite an unique experience. I even used maybe too much leaf, about 4-5 grams (my accurate scale ran out of batteries).

Second steep, of same leaves, is very different though and honestly probably even better. It was a bit shorter steep, around only 3 minutes (maybe even that was too much) and a bit colder water maybe as well. It get some herbal note I think, but not offensive in any way, maybe honeyish a bit as well. It is more floral as well. Are those meadow flowers? Proabably so.

Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Herbaceous, Honey, Mineral, Peach, Stonefruit

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
Leafhopper

This sounds good. I wonder if gongfuing these leaves could make them last longer.

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I have bought three of those balls. And today, I finally bit the bullet and tried first one.

I like aged white teas. Pressed white teas. But this… this was sadly a dismal.

I took one of that balls and prepared in grandpa way. I know it isn’t the best for all the flavour profiles and delicate steepings, but it was… old.

I know, it’s 8 years old tea. But it was weak in flavours. There weren’t any fresh taste, naturally. No peaches, no stonefruits, nothing from those. It was like a washed out black tea. It was smooth though. But so boring. Not sure if I want to try second in gongfu or both I should send to Leafhopper who was looking for white teas… or just let it be and see if another day is a better day. But for the price, I am not impressed.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more 10 OZ / 300 ML
ashmanra

Eight years old! Wow! Some white teas do age well, but it sounds like this one didn’t. I know Teavivre says their Bai Mudan gets better. Maybe in a few more years it will be tasty again! Ha ha!

Leafhopper

Wow, that is old! Of the few aged white teas I’ve had, some of the later steeps did taste like black tea, so I wouldn’t necessarily give up on it. Maybe you could do a gongfu session and see if you get more modulation in the flavour.

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Prepared western, 3g for 300 ml.

Bingdao area. It says nothing to me. As always. So… need to study more puerhs and their location. Will it be better than my Jinggu experience? Will it be worse? It is sheng from 2014, so quite old. No idea if it is too old or aged well. This company is new for me, too. So kinda blind buy from me. Old trees. Does it change anything?

I took the leaves out of heat wrapped foil wrapping and… it was mineral. Like too much mineral. Then, some other notes. Is it peachy-fruity? Weird! Soft aroma then… maybe it needed to breath out a bit I guess.

Anyway, I took 3 grams of that loose part of this tea, haven’t took any chunks. I think I have steeped it for 4 minutes maybe? I am not really sure to be honest. Either way, it was just right as I got very nice fruity puerh with peach note and some kind of mineral aftertaste. It was smooth with little, but needed astringency. Long and nice mouthfeel. Can’t wait to gongfu it.

Flavors: Astringent, Mineral, Peach, Smooth, Stonefruit

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Decided to gongfu this tea today. 4 grams / 125 ml gaiwan.

I am not much able to tell the difference in flavour profile. Maybe it was a bit more chocolate-y, but as I have prepared 5 steps 20-45 seconds long as they suggest, it was fading quite quickly and overall it was quite woody, with typical shu profile. After fifth steep it was like a woody water.

While it wasn’t a bad tea, it wasn’t anything I would order in a cake profile or bigger quantity.

Flavors: Chocolate, Sweet, Thick, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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Hmm. For some reason I haven’t put this in my virtual cupboard. Anyway… this is the tea from the company I have ordered from and it was a free gift — so thank you to Prague!

I was looking for this one, but as shu puerhs aren’t my thing usually, I decided not to order it. I have received a loose leaf sample of this instead of thick chunks.

Western, 4 grams, 300 ml
It is decent, though not anyhow unique. Quite woody and sweet, but not much complex flavour profile.

I did two steeps, one in yesterday afternoon and second this morning. Both were pretty much same and both were quite thick too. A nice surprise in conclusion.

Flavors: Sweet, Thick, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 300 ML
Martin Bednář

I see that adding multiple pictures is tricky. It used to show wrapped cake and now it shows liquor of this tea. And indeed it was this dark.

ashmanra

The picture I see is of a wrapped cake.

Martin Bednář

Probably someone fixed it? Or it just shows randomly some added picture?

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SIPDOWN (I lost my track doing the spreadsheet of drunk teas, so no number; and I can’t catch it back up)

Today, with remaining 2 grams (not even) it was better. The notes were fairly same, but weaker and overall it was pretty much classic black tea.

It wasn’t that bitter, but still some off notes were there too. Can’t pick them up much, but certainly it wasn’t truly pleasing tea. Happy to have it sipped down to be honest.

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Hi everyone (waves). Week long hiatus because of my thesis. Thesis done (hopefully). Deadline on Friday. “I like to live dangerously!”

Anyway, I decided to try a new shop for me and I just decided to give a several new teas. I was craving buying new teas, but not from subsciption. Genuine, pure teas…

And as I wanted some pure black, I decided to order this one. Not only to mention that typo in the name… my pouch is saying 2nd Flush 2015. Not happy to see it much, but it was cheap tea. Truly, very cheap tea. That 15 grams sample was cheaper than a beer here. And beer is cheap.

Anyway, took two teaspoons and my 300 ml mug.

It’s described as very malty tea with raisins, honey and licorice flavour, but honestly… (it’s because age?) it was rather like a malty and tobacco. With strong tannic aftertaste. Raisins, in my opinion are different, and honey… no way, sadly.

Overall, it was quite mediocre tea. Far from Mokalbari Assam (but as well completely different area). And that biiter aftertaste isn’t a thing to look forward as well. Well, at least it was cheap and just a small sample. Not every tea is a winning tea.

Flavors: Malt, Tannic, Tobacco

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML
Leafhopper

Sorry to hear the Assam wasn’t that good. Sometimes lowering the temperature can detract from the bitterness, though not always. I hope the other teas from this company are better.

gmathis

Yay! “Done” is a beautiful word, isn’t it?

Martin Bednář

Leafhopper: I am kind of afraid it being truly from 2015 :( A shame, as they don’t wrote that on the website. I will try to lower the temperature a wee bit, but it’s black and and 96°C should not be a troublesome. I don’t think I have overleafed it, but I may try a bit less leaf too. Or it’s just not my cup of tea.

gmathis: Ah-haha! Indeed. It was a hard week indeed, but the results seems promising! I just need to pass one last exam next Friday! And then just the finals.

tea-sipper

I’m pretty sure they shouldn’t be selling you 2015 tea without outright stating it on their website? That doesn’t seem right…

Martin Bednář

I agree with you tea-sipper, but for the price I won’t care. At least I know I have to be careful when ordering such a cheap teas there. Selling 2015 black tea is wrong, for sure. Athough it has been in airtight package, it wasn’t fresh obviously!

tea-sipper

Sometimes some people are interested in tea from years ago, but that is only okay when they state that upfront on the website!

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