drank 2017 SWINEDOG 76 by White2Tea
572 tasting notes

Used up the last of my sample today with the thermos stew treatment, 4g for 20oz with water off boiling.

Fuuuuug, this tea ruined me at work. I was a dope for a few hours. Strangely, the cha qi of this sheng has been consistent throughout all samplings, which have occurred in different settings and mind states. That’s not the case for most sheng I’ve had.

Penetrating bitterness, those pungent herbs, lavender?, apricot-osmanthus, and hints of smoked meat suspended in a thick and oily sweet creamed honey-nectar-white chocolate? matrix. I loved the tea stew, but not as a work beverage. For one, it’s a raw green punch to the gut that causes some intestinal upset when had without food. Another reason is the meditative and masculine-aggressive cha qi (the term is ba qi?) needs to be accepted and cultured in the confines of my bedroom (teacave). As experienced by my human female being, this tea is masculine intimacy to the extreme.

Cryptic, I know.
See: https://steepster.com/teas/white2tea/82972-2017-swinedog-76

Very much need to order another sample of Swinedog 76 for intense introspective body-mind occasions but ultimately I think this needs to be aged to avoid assault.

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Most enjoyment:

Wuyi and Taiwanese oolong, sheng puerh, Yunnan and Wuyi blacks, GABA oolong. 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, matcha latte and golden milk.

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

I abandoned both my preference reference and the recording of detailed steeping parameters in January 2020, favoring a focus on qualitative descriptions. At this point, I am still comfortable toggling the “Not/Recommended” button.

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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