505 Tasting Notes
Sipdown. 212F 2min
Solid mid-cherry flavor (not tart, not sweet) when I remember not to overleaf it. Short brew times make for a better cup. Overleafed it becomes too much overall for me. The base is only so-so, sometimes it gets a little astringent.
I must just have hit the sweet spot today. Comforting cup today at work.
Flavors: Cherry, Fruity
I’mma say this is the tea I’ve sipped down. This is more green tasting that I would prefer. I got a lot of vegetal notes – green bean and spinach. But also buttery and sweet. Very different flavors in the same steep and not ones I’d want paired together.
Western, 190-205F, 2 min -ish
Flavors: Butter, Green Beans, Spinach, Sweet, Vegetal
Sipdown at work. Drinking raws has gone so much better for me since I stopped trying to boil them.
190-195F, shibo, 1 rinse
15s – apricot, sugary (more as it cools), creamy, lingering minty cooling aftertaste.
several steeps after this but no new notes
I did find this last session to be more enjoyable.
Flavors: Apricot, Creamy, Mint, Sugar, Vegetal
From the Nov 2018 tea club – sipdown
I was a little scared to try this. But I think the delay caused the roast level to die down. It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t have a lot of variation for me. Solid roast and earth, not the roast – sour I sometimes get. Consistent for with both gaiwan and western.
Flavors: Earth, Roasted
Sipdown for a tea that didn’t make it into my cupboard.
Boiling, 2-3 minutes
Super light even at high temperatures. Soft and creamy. A little bit of vanilla and honey. Of the two whites I ordered from Mandala, I like the other one ‘White Night’ better. I like my white teas to be a little more robust and not so delicate.
Flavors: Creamy, Honey, Vanilla