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Group tea tasting: Fuding BaiMudan White Tea

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Bouncing off your "good enough" set up, I was amused at above mentioned Aroma Teas when a customer asked about a specific kind of tea.     She then asked how to brew it, and if she needed any of the displayed paraphernalia.    The proprietor shook his head and told her all she needed was a cup and a strainer, then proceeded to heat water and demonstrate with the kind of tea she had selected.    I was impressed with this kind of concerned and interested service.   

 

 

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Started tasting this yesterday, then continued today:

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6g in my 150ml yixin tea pot.  I did quite  a lot of watching of mei leaf videos (wow he is wordy!) but I thought I got a good hang of what aged white tea is all about and how to brew it.  Following his instructions, I used about 200-205F water, the first 3 infusions steeped for about 20 seconds, and then increasing the steep time by 5 seconds for each additional steeping.

 

So far, I'm up to 8 steepings.

 

The first few steepings were creamy with lemon zest, and quite tingly on the sides of my tongue.  As the steepings progressed for 3-6 I got a lot more forest floor - dried leaves, chanterelle mushrooms and dried twigs.  Steeping #7 turned a corner and as it cooled became intensely dried apricot.  Like I stuffed 5 soft dried apricots in my mouths and just chewed for a while. #8 still has the over-riding flavor of apricots but not as soft dried as #7 - more like a heavier dried apricot.


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You've hit the fruity middle steeps.  It keeps on going and going. 

 

On the Mei Leaf front, I've never done the boil the white tea leaves at the end thing that he advocates.  I might have to try that after about infusion 15. 


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9 minutes ago, cdh said:

You've hit the fruity middle steeps.  It keeps on going and going. 

 

On the Mei Leaf front, I've never done the boil the white tea leaves at the end thing that he advocates.  I might have to try that after about infusion 15. 

This is my first time with any aged white tea, so I am open to everything.  I'm going to save the leaves (well drained) and continue the journey next weekend.

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