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drank Snowflake Dancong by White2Tea
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drank Berry Malt Black by White2Tea
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☑ Berry
☑ Malt
☑ Black

Have to love a tea that delivers what it promises. Very prominent raspberry/blackberry, turbinado sugar sweetness and fruity/funkiness, and a malty backbone. Perhaps a touch of licorice in the later steeps. Mild, pleasantly tannic.

This has more fruit flavor than some flavored teas.

Flavors: Blackberry, Malt, Raspberry, Sugarcane

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 g 45 OZ / 1330 ML

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drank Berry Malt Black by White2Tea
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83

Sweet, creamy, vanilla, cherry cola, some mild herbaciousness, some cocoa. Later steeps have a sweet, somewhat floral quality. Brewed this up grandpa style and was hit with a flavor like classic glazed donut. It’s not the most complex shou, but it’s very satisfying. If this tea sat and brooded a little more, getting a little more heady I wouldn’t mind.

Flavors: Cherry, Cocoa, Creamy, Sweet, Vanilla

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This is a tea I kind of forgot I have, which is surprising because my collection is not that big. I just don’t drink a lot of white tea. I bought it either year of or year after and it’s picked up some odor from my tea drawer. Zip-locks permeate odors, folks. The first couple steeps where storage flavor is present aren’t that interesting otherwise, anyway, mostly just sweet.

As I said, I don’t drink much white tea so I don’t have many reference points to draw on. Reminded me a lot of the Taiwanese mountain oolongs I used to drink. Notes of pine, slight citrus zest, general floral notes (maybe orchid, gardenia, jasmine, maybe violet) and nice sweetness. In the later steeps it’s stronger on the tree-vegetal/pine notes. Pleasantly dry, with a mouthfeel that moves from round to softly dry. I was able to push the temp on this pretty hard in the later steeps, going from 185-205’F which brought out more pine and green wood notes.

I remember this tea being more astringent and vegetal, and less sweet when I first tried it, so I think aging has helped it a bit.

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Pine

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 g 45 OZ / 1330 ML

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71

Overall not bad, but too smokey for my taste. The smokiness overpowered everything else for me. I am a pu noob, but I was surprised by how green this tasted for its age. YS says dry-wet guangdong, so I guess that would explain it. Flavor was again smoke, musty/mushroomy wood, damp hay/barnyard, something savory/meaty, and some citrus or spicy fruit – maybe grapefruit. Mid steeps leaned towards darker fruits. Pleasant round mouthfeel. Slight tartness as it cooled. Satisfying returning sweetness. Not much here that I haven’t found elsewhere, but I will revisit it.

Flavors: Decayed wood, Floral, Grapefruit, Hay, Smoke, Stonefruits

Preparation
3 tsp 2 OZ / 45 ML

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First time being the first reviewer on a tea, I think. Certainly one this old.

I take this with me to work and brew it grandpa style mostly, first steep is typical shou, second and third have a wonderful cola taste that I love. Like cola flavored candy – think Bottle Caps. Some warm spices, particularly cinnamon. Slightly slick/creamy mouthfeel. Really pleasant. I will have to gong fu this to see what else it’s got.

This was a blind buy for me before I was sure I liked shou. Didn’t like it much at first, stashed it away for a year and a half or so. Definitely a deal when I bought it, I’ll have to blind buy more.

Flavors: Cherry, Cinnamon, Root Beer, Spices

Preparation
3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I enjoy Dian Hong mostly, but have been venturing further into puerh, and anxi and dancong. I tend to focus on daily drinkers and teas that do well grandpa/western as I don’t have the time or caffeine tolerance to gong fu frequently.

90 – 100: Fancy daily, special occasion, teas that I carefully ration.
80 – 89: Ideal daily drinker range, very good and/or hits an excellent cost:quality. Would reorder.
70 – 79: Not an absolute favorite tea but I would pick often, or hits a certain flavor profile I like. Might reorder.
60 – 69: Generally disfavorable, but not actively bad.
<59: something has gone terribly wrong.

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