2020 Hot Brandy Mini

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4 oz / 120 ml

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A blend of both white and black tea experiment gone horribly right, this is the latest version of our sold out 2016 Hot Brandy.

The soup is thick, smooth, and fragrant. It fares well with both gongfu style and western style brewing. The tea has excellent endurance and can steep for a very long time and can even withstand being simmered or boiled without becoming acrid.

Pressed into a convenient 7g ball, this is perfect for thermos brewing.

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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #204 overall / Tea #28 for May
Monday 5/17 - white2tea 2020 hot brandy mini. From Nazanin's (teathoughts) Valentine’s Day Tea Countdown Theme Box. Brewed this many times in my gaiwan with hot water dumping each infusion into my DT pitcher then after pitcher was halfway full added cold water and leaves to strainer and cold brewed entire thing. Finished up the pitcher. It was fine, was just something to sip during the busy work life I lead. I have picked up another 3-4 of these in some white2tea orders this/last year so I’ll be curious how this turns out with more sipping/experimenting.
#tiffanydrinkstea #tiffanys2021 #tiffanysfaves #tiffanyinthe614 #tiffanysteasipdown

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Hot Brandy is interesting. I’m still relatively new to gongfu-ing teas and in my head white teas are delicate and light like silver needle steeped western style and blacks are all sort of English Breakfast-y. Combining those two things sounded weird and not especially pleasant to me but I added one Hot Brandy mini to my order because it was cheap and other teas that didn’t sound great to me have been surprisingly delicious. Hot Brandy is more like aged pressed whites that start tasting a bit like black tea. There are sweet and fruity flavors like I’ve come to expect from shou mei or moonlight whites and then there’s that thick and creamy, feels-like-you-could-chew-it mouthfeel I’ve noticed in fancier black teas like gold needle. It seemed like earlier steeps tasted more like white tea and as it went on the black tea flavor got stronger. At one point I thought I could taste cherry…that reminded me I need to re-order more of that aged dahongpao I thought tasted like dark chocolate covered cherries. Toward the end I wasn’t getting that thick tongue-coating feeling anymore and the flavor weakened into lighter somewhat fruity black tea. It was nice. I don’t know that it’s amazing enough to order in bulk but I’d drink it again without any complaints and might even sneak another ball or two into a future order.

7 tsp 4 OZ / 120 ML

I’ve never done any gongfu-ing, but this sounds like an interesting experiment.

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Another from my last White2Tea order – I just tossed in one of these minis because I have a more “love hate” relationship with Hot Brandy, but I figured I’d give it a try this year and see if it’s any better! I steeped it Grandpa style over a work afternoon – part of why I’ve been so busy lately/more absent on Steepster is because we hired a new Regulatory Affairs coordinator at work and I’m doing the majority of her training with her this week. She’s going to take over a lot of the regulatory related jobs I took over this summer during the summer. I’m not sure if I’ve talked about it before, but I’m working in five departments now when, pre-covid, I was only working in two. I don’t actually have a regulatory background or much of an interest in regulatory work, so I’m actually thrilled to be handing those tasks off to someone else – it means I can dedicate more of my time to doing what I actually love, which is Research and Development! Training is time consuming and exhausting, though…

Anyway! This was actually much better than I expected it to be. I feel like it’s more weighted towards the white tea than previous years have been – though it’s very possible that this one off dragonball/mini just had more white tea in it or that it’s in my head. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to describe the taste of this and I think what I’ve landed on is the that liquor is soft and creamy in mouthfeel, with notes of mellow stonefruit like peaches/apricots, fresh cream notes, some timothy hay elements, and even a little bit of a marshmallow flavour.

I’m not going to rush out to get more of these, but whenever my next order ends up being (probably Black Friday tbh), I’ll likely toss in more of these! It was surprisingly way better than expected!

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