2020 Tiltshift Mini

Tea type
White Tea
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Flavors
Floral, Honey, Melon, Vegetal
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Edit tea info Last updated by Roswell Strange
Average preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 5 oz / 140 ml

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  • “New tea day, yay! It’s always super exciting when the mail lady brings me a tea package and I decided I needed to try Tiltshift right away. I ordered a few minis and a whole cake so I have some to...” Read full tasting note
  • “2nd white tea I’ve tried. Pleasantly clean and mellow, slightly sweet. I’m not well versed enough to identify particular notes, which all seem to be pretty subtle, other than something honeydew...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Drank this one Grandpa earlier this week! I’ve been gravitating a lot towards more dewy/creamy white teas as a late, not sure why. So delicate and soft with notes of fresh cucumber, honeysuckle,...” Read full tasting note

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Our 2020 Tiltshift is an extremely bud heavy picking of yueguangbai,which is a shade dried white tea from Yunnan province. This is a light and easy to drink white tea with a smooth body and sweet aftertaste. The aroma is soft and inviting, as is the tea. A lovely daily drinker.

Each purchase is for one ~ 7 gram ball.

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New tea day, yay! It’s always super exciting when the mail lady brings me a tea package and I decided I needed to try Tiltshift right away. I ordered a few minis and a whole cake so I have some to try out while I let the cake age a bit.

Dry it doesn’t smell like much. It kind of smells like the paper wrapper or maybe the pouch it was packed in. Maybe that will change as they have a chance to air out a little. First steep/wash didn’t have a ton of flavor or color but it had a fruity aftertaste that for some reason reminded me of those ice pops that come in a plastic tube and you break them in half to eat them. I don’t know why. The ice pops are kind of gross but the tea wasn’t. The flavor stayed relatively light for the next several steeps while the ball opened up. There was a little bit of fruity flavor and maybe a tiny bit of floral but mostly I was getting that creamy vanilla thing I adore. Mouthfeel was soft and…powdery? Can something be wet and powdery? Not that nasty chalky texture of bad protein drink mixes but more of a soft silky type feeling like baby powder on your skin. The aroma got stronger with each steep. It smelled familiar but not? Sweet. Fruity but I couldn’t identify what kind of fruit and it seemed like a little floral hidden in there but I couldn’t figure out what kind for that either. At one point I thought I smelled grape but when I really thought about the different kinds of grapes I’ve smelled none of them seemed quite right. Maybe some kind of fruity candy? My steeps weren’t precisely timed but they were longer than I usually do for gongfu but shorter than western style. It just didn’t look or smell “done” after a short steep. Around steep 4 or 5 I forgot I’d added water and it steeped quite a bit longer than intended…it wasn’t the best steep but it wasn’t awful. That steep had a little more of the fruity flavors but it seemed like it was starting to get an overbrewed bite to it. After about 10 or so steeps I decided to give it a more western style steep with more water…because why not? The tea still had flavor and I started watching a movie and it just seemed easier. I ended up spending a really long time sniffing the tea as it cooled and two things came to mind: sour peach rings candy and a hibiscus-lime drink I had several years ago at an international food festival (not completely sure but I think it was chilled hibiscus tea with lime juice, a ton of sugar and maybe a little vanilla). I don’t think the tea smells exactly like either of those things but there’s something there that makes me think of them. This steep was sweet and creamy but I still didn’t taste nearly as much of the fruity stuff as I smelled. It tasted really good and smelled great, the smells and tastes just didn’t seem to match up? I liked it a lot and I’m curious about how the flavors will change over time. It might be hard to let it really age, though. I want to keep drinking it and play with different steeping methods and temperatures. If budget wasn’t a concern I’d probably order a mountain of Tiltshift. Realistically, maybe one more cake or another handful of minis if it’s still available in a few months when I try to justify another order.

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2nd white tea I’ve tried. Pleasantly clean and mellow, slightly sweet. I’m not well versed enough to identify particular notes, which all seem to be pretty subtle, other than something honeydew melon-like. Gongfu, Brita filtered water, around 190f (crab’s eye!). Ended up prying the ball apart a couple steeps in because I was getting a little inpatient lol.

Update: did a few more steepings with this today. Got some vegetal notes like a green tea, but more floral in nature, along with some light honey notes. Quite lovely, and so I’m upping my rating. Wouldn’t hesitate to order this again in the future. I was using water almost right off the boil with gongfu steepings and it never got bitter, so much less maintenance than a green. Curious how this would hold up to grandpa style brews, since any greens I’ve tried grandpa have all gotten bitter, but I’m out of this for now.

Flavors: Floral, Honey, Melon, Vegetal

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

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Drank this one Grandpa earlier this week!

I’ve been gravitating a lot towards more dewy/creamy white teas as a late, not sure why. So delicate and soft with notes of fresh cucumber, honeysuckle, clotted cream, tender & sweet green melon, and lilacs – perfectly evocative of Springtime!!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/COvyG7SA8gw/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKsuqNE4huM

Chris Blanton

Hi Ros – wondering if you had the chance to try I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT HONEY by Kuura yet? Curious about your thoughts! Happy steeps!

Roswell Strange

Not yet, but I can definitely give it a whirl this weekend! :)

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