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drank 2015 Channel Orange by White 2 Tea
503 tasting notes

Grandpa is my preferred brewing method for this shou since the compact square takes too damn long to break open gong fu.

Channel Orange is not a complicated tea but it’s rewarding on a cold and stormy February day. It reminds me of a fuzzy polyester blanket that features scenes of nature, or maybe a wolf or bald eagle, and becomes matted with years of use. That kind of blanket you’ve had since 1991 and never wash. Your smell and maybe your dog’s are embedded in it.

That’s not to say this tea is dirty or smells like a dog! — it’s a very clean shou. Clean earth, dark wood and minerals, cleansing citrus, a bit spicy. I get notes of pine and cedar here and there. Tingly, mouthwatering, oily, light to medium body. The chenpi is more evident on the sip and lingers lightly in the mouth. A bright, warm note for a dull day!

Preparation
Boiling 9 g 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kawaii433

lol derk. Your ability to describe things often leaves long-lasting impressions in my head.

tperez

Hahaha, I love that description too!

gmathis

I have several of those blankets!

Todd

“That’s not to say this tea is dirty or smells like a dog!” is my favorite thing I’ve read here now. It would go great on a tea cup.

derk

gmathis: Those blankets were a ubiquitous part of my youth. Everybody had one and they all smelled different.

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Kawaii433

lol derk. Your ability to describe things often leaves long-lasting impressions in my head.

tperez

Hahaha, I love that description too!

gmathis

I have several of those blankets!

Todd

“That’s not to say this tea is dirty or smells like a dog!” is my favorite thing I’ve read here now. It would go great on a tea cup.

derk

gmathis: Those blankets were a ubiquitous part of my youth. Everybody had one and they all smelled different.

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Most enjoyment:

Wuyi and Taiwanese oolong, GABA oolong, sheng and shou puerh, Yunnan and Wuyi blacks, Laoshan green. I also appreciate Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Darjeeling and Nepali teas, bagged tea and herbal teas/tisanes.

I take my teas without milks or sweeteners except sometimes chai and the rare London Fog or matcha latte. I generally steep a tea until it has no more to give.

I’ll try anything once because it helps me learn. Not opposed to well placed herbs, flowers, fruity bits and flavorings. Just nothing cloying especially banana, caramel, coconut, cinnamon or maple. And no added sugars, sweeteners, candy or chocolate.

Preference reference:

100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.
89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again. Some could be daily drinker teas.
79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.
69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.
59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possess off flavors/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.
Unrated: Haven’t made up my mind or some other reason. If it’s puerh, I likely think it needs more age.

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