482 Tasting Notes


7.3g (2 waffles), 100ml gaiwan, 205F
rinse – thick
5s-thick, musty?
8s-thick, musty floral
10s-drying, coating
5s- frutier, hint of bitterness

Long lasting fruit aftertaste. not sure how much I like this though I have more to play with. Thinking about running this at 195F to see how it goes.

Flavors: Bitter, Drying, Floral, Fruity, Musty, Thick

205 °F / 96 °C

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Sipdown. Backlogged to 9/1/19
One planet in my 100ml gaiwan, 212F
Short steeps – 8s, 8s, 10s, 10s, 20, 30, 30, 30 etc

Overall – mellow , sweet and juicy. a tea that produces a lot of salivation. Green apple.
I tried this in silver and the cup cut the sweetness and the depth I was getting in ceramic.
I liked this planet a lot. I tasted this tea for a long time – I went on a 1 hour walk and could still taste it!

Flavors: Green Apple, Sweet

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drank Milan Dancong by White 2 Tea
482 tasting notes

2017 Milan Dancong
Pretty behind on these reviews from the tea club.

I think I had the water too hot for the beginning of this session. It was a much better tea at a cooler water temperature. Long lasting tea – I got 9 steeps from this.

200F, 100 ml shibo, time – 10, 10 , 20, 20, 30, 30
These steeps were much more mineral and woody. Kind of drying as well. Some fruitiness, raisin in aftertaste, and tangy.

Steeps 6-9 were with much cooler water 185F ish
These were fruitier with a thicker mouthfeel. It got much sweeter as the water cooled.

Of the two Milan Dancongs from this tea club (still have the 2018 to go), I liked the 2017 better.

Flavors: Drying, Fruity, Mineral, Raisins, Tangy, Thick, Wood

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drank 2016 Milan Dancong by White2Tea
482 tasting notes

200F, 100ml shibo, work – no real timing set (10s to 1 min). From White2Tea Club.

First several – weirdly chocolaty, drying, kind of mineral, slightly fruity

Second steep set with much cooler water – might be 190 or 185F
produces a much more fruity and juicy tea. it’s sweeter and seems like it has more body. I wrote viscosity and more ‘liquid’. The drying from earlier is gone or is much reduced due to the cooler temperature.
Fruity aftertaste throughout.

Flavors: Drying, Fruity, Mineral, Sweet, Thick

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Strong peach flavor that lasts for a couple steeps. I can’t taste the oolong underneath it. It looked like a good quality tea though. Flavoring’s a little one note for me – no aftertaste at all.

Flavors: Peach

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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100ml shibo, 200F, 5g (~10 or so steeps with varied timing) Sipdown
A lot of roast in the aroma of this tea. It’s a thick, slightly sweet tea with some minerality. Lightly roasted – which is in the aroma, but not in the liquor until it cools down toward room temperature. Slightly longer steeps (~20sec) bring out fruity and juicy notes. The aftertaste of this tea is long and sweet.
I wasn’t too excited to try this tea – most roasted oolongs are not for me. Pretty sure I received as a sample with my order. This one is an exception. I enjoyed this tea.

Flavors: Fruity, Mineral, Roasted, Sweet, Thick

200 °F / 93 °C 5 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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drank Shui Xian Oolong by White2Tea
482 tasting notes

From W2T club:
100 ml shibo, 205F, 5g?

Taste is dark fruit like raisins. Roasted sour at the end of the sip that goes away as the steep count increases. Long lasting fruity aftertaste. It did get astringent as the steep count went on and became much more drying. I don’t mind the roast here as it goes away relatively quickly. I got 8 or so steeps.

Flavors: Drying, Fruity, Malt, Raisins, Roasted, Sour

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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Sipdown @ work.

I finally purchased another variable temperature kettle for home and brought in the boil only kettle to work. Just in time too since the breakroom hot water (coffee) machine broke yesterday. It’s nice to have hotter water and a little bit of temperature variation.

100ml shibo, 200F, severe underleafing 2-3g max
Wish I had a little more leaf, but it’s a good recovery from the lukewarm tea I just had.

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drank Keemun Queen's Hope by Lupicia
482 tasting notes

Slightly overleafed today, but there wasn’t enough left for another cup. Chocolate and malt, a little bit of sweetness. And a bit of unpleasant taste – metallic and off at the very tail end. Aftertaste is creamy, unpleasant taste doesn’t stick around – so kind of a plus? I’ve had better keemuns than this tea.

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Malt, Metallic, Sweet

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Backlog. Sipdown.
Oolong group buy: I got a little bit of roast off this tea, plus the usual sour nuts (it’s light). Mineral with some malt and honey. This was an okay tea. I reached for it more that some of the others that I’m torturing myself with. (why I don’t discard them…..)

Flavors: Malt, Mineral, Roasted, Sour


“torture teas”! That doesn’t sound fun!


Haha, sometimes I wonder that too, but I have guilt problems with throwing things away. So it’s quite nice that my husband is drinking many of the teas I truly don’t want as iced tea!


That’s what summer is for—getting rid of the second-stringers in preparation for THE SEASON.


AaaaaHHH! Gmathis, you said it! It won’t be long….except here it is going to be in the upper 90’s for a while, then we will have a cool day or two in about a month and a half, then it will be hot again, then another wait for a cool day….but you are right! THE SEASON is getting close. I can hardly wait!

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I started my tea journey with Stash/Celestial Seasonings tea bags years ago. All loose leaf, unless I’m sick or traveling.

I like black, oolong, white, herbals, and raw/ripe pu’erh. I don’t drink green tea often.

I play video games, read, and do pottery. My current favorite tea mug is one I threw and glazed.

I generally review teas twice – initial and final steeps.

My cupboard is mostly up to date.

85-100 are teas that I loved and want to keep in stock.
71-84 are teas that are good. I may or may not get them again. Source for daily drinkers/work teas.
60-70 are teas that I didn’t like. I’ll finish what I bought.
Anything less than 60…nope.



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