2018 Ghosts

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Anise, Astringent, Bitter, Black Pepper, Fennel, Fennel Seed, Floral, Green Bell Peppers, Marine, Spearmint, Sweet, Vegetal, Apricot, Honey, Roasted
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 4 oz / 107 ml

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  • “Unlike for TWT, my impression of this tea improved as the session went on. It also lasted about 14 infusions, which is fairly good. Early on, I found the tea too astringent and light bodied. On the...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Starts good, but doesn’t keep up for long.. if it went on longer I’d consider buying a cake. Seems to me that this price range is one of the more difficult ones to compete in.. A ton of teas in...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is an interesting one. Starts rather vegetal, roasty, smoky even. Reminds me of a spread/dip/chutney that is very popular here in Bulgaria which we call lyutenitsa… good luck pronouncing that....” Read full tasting note
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  • “Dry leaf smells like honey, plum, tobacco and hay. Warmed scent is strong with the addition of apricot. Rinsed is tangy apricot and kind of a smoked asparagus. Honey-colored, lightly fragrant...” Read full tasting note

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Ghosts has a base of Menghai character blended with several other areas. Youthful and brash with a balance between astringency, bitterness and sweetness. Complex fragrance and character for a tea in this price range. Suitable for long term aging.

Each cake is 200 grams.

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Unlike for TWT, my impression of this tea improved as the session went on. It also lasted about 14 infusions, which is fairly good. Early on, I found the tea too astringent and light bodied. On the other hand, the second half of the session shows more enduring sweetness and a creamier, thicker mouthfeel that remains interesting all the way until the last steep.

I found the aroma of this blend very weak and uninteresting. The only notes sticking out in early stages were those of spearmint and anise. The taste of the rinse is juicy and mineral with a vegetal bitterness. Early infusions are bittersweet and astringent with flavours of honey, green bell pepper, black pepper, fennel seeds and slightly marine character. Late steeps were more floral and agreeable for me personally. The aftertaste is tangy and kind of green tea like. As for the texture, it is coating, drying, and waxy at first, but get very creamy later on as I already alluded to.

2018 Ghosts seems like a mix of the profiles of two other W2T teas I own, namely Year of the Rooster and Demon Slayer. Ultimately, I find it less enjoyable than both, despite being more expensive than either. It is quite an unremarkable tea without a distinctive character all in all.

Flavors: Anise, Astringent, Bitter, Black Pepper, Fennel, Fennel Seed, Floral, Green Bell Peppers, Marine, Spearmint, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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Starts good, but doesn’t keep up for long.. if it went on longer I’d consider buying a cake.

Seems to me that this price range is one of the more difficult ones to compete in.. A ton of teas in this category, and most have one major compromise. Add 20% and you can find some really well rounded teas. subtract 20% and you can find teas that aren’t that far behind.

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This is an interesting one. Starts rather vegetal, roasty, smoky even. Reminds me of a spread/dip/chutney that is very popular here in Bulgaria which we call lyutenitsa… good luck pronouncing that. It’s made with roasted sweet red peppers and tomatoes and everyone you ask will tell you that their homemade version is the best (or at least it used to be like that in my childhood, people are oh so busy nowadays).

This savoriness is accompanied by a controlled dose of astringency and bitterness. Be careful with steeping time though. I totally forgot steep 8 or 9 and after soaking for a good 5 minutes or so it was insanely bitter. I drank it all the same, we must not blame the tea for our inadequacies. Anyway, don’t pay me much heed, I’m a sucker for a good negroni… or three, so my taste buds have had some training.

Mid-session this tea takes a sharp U-turn. All the savory goodness is replaced by sweetness, honey, apricots and flowers, something slightly herbal as well. A most intriguing development. The astringency is oblivious to this sudden change of character and keeps diligently to its business, not faltering for an instant.

As for the feeling, I did get a slight buzz but nothing too crazy. I most certainly didn’t believe I could walk on my hands… on the ceiling… blindfolded. Some shengs do make me feel this way. This is not one of those shengs and it’s OK with me.

It was a really pleasant journey.

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Floral, Honey, Roasted, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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Dry leaf smells like honey, plum, tobacco and hay. Warmed scent is strong with the addition of apricot. Rinsed is tangy apricot and kind of a smoked asparagus. Honey-colored, lightly fragrant liquor tastes mostly of surprise… honey but kind of savory. Faint tartness and a growing bitterness and astringency that never get out of control. Very oily in the mouth with waxy mouth coating. Aftertastes show up mid-session with some light florals turning into green bell pepper. Good longevity. No noticeable energy. It’s still young but I’d say it’s a decent lower-priced cake, especially if you’re a fan of honey-forward puer. It’s definitely drinkable now. I am in no capacity to say whether it will age but M. white2tea says suitable for long-term aging.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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