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drank Old Whitey by White 2 Tea
36 tasting notes

Old Whitey was something that threw me completely off. I wouldn’t say i’m the biggest fan of white tea, but this one completely blew me away. I first want to say that this tea came off very dense, yet sweet. It had a very smooth and thick body and honey bush, flowers, and honey. The combination of flavors kept making me want to drink more. Although white tea is temperature sensitive, this tea still holds its own if it’s overstepped. Just for kicks, I experimented with steepings and overstepped the jesus out of it, and it still had a very smooth and everlasting flavor.

Bravo White2Tea!

Flavors: Honey, Orchid, Sugar, Sugarcane, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Wow!

I got a sample of this tea and it was gone in 4 days. I ended up buying a cake. This tea has amazing energy, a full and sweet body, and a long range of tasting notes. It left a long and lasting sweetness in the mouth that seemed to linger for a great amount of time. It’s complex, but still accesssable enough for any level of expert tea drinker to enjoy.

Out of Paul’s 2016 Spring pressings, this is my absolute favorite.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Green, Sugar, Sweet

Preparation
6 g 100 OZ / 2957 ML

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drank 2016 Head by White 2 Tea
36 tasting notes

I’m working my way through various samples from White2Tea. After having multiple sessions with this tea, 7 can honestly say I’m not a fan. This tea has body charactics of Menghai material, which I’m typically a fan of. However, although this tea has nice energy, the exucution of flavor doesn’t do it for me.

My only issue is that this tea’s tastes ‘airy’. Like, the flavor is thick and everything but it tastes like the backbone of this tea’s body went missing. Even on different temperatures and steeping times, something was still missing.

Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Hay, Herbs, Pleasantly Sour, Sage

Preparation
0 min, 15 sec 6 tsp 100 OZ / 2957 ML

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drank 2016 Daily Drinker by White 2 Tea
240 tasting notes

A nice wrapper again from W2T’s art department. This contemporary satirical style has been done before but usually watered down for consumers, its nice to see it here presented with a bit of bollocks, unusual for a the niche market that is tea, one which usually carries a connotation of old & regal, rather than youthful & subversive.

I know its a bit been-here-before-done-that but the lovely green & white colour scheme is just a pleasure to look at, & so I’ll return to this one again as it still makes me chuckle.

Cathy Baratheon

I’m so in love with their art style

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The White2Tea 2016:

I purchased samples of all the 2016 new line up this year, and I started at the bottom (cheapest) and worked my way up. I did this to taste the profile improvements and variances. I brewed in the same pot with same leaf water ratio. Also, this helps to hone in my palette to identify what’s a good deal and what’s not. At the conclusion of my tasting I will be placing my cake order.

This is it. The beginning of the end and the end of the beginning.

I finally made it to the last sample, and I am excited to see what is in store. I opened up the package and took a nice long inhale. I instantly pick up stonefruit, dark figs, sparkling grape juice, and pink lady apples. The aroma is quite heavenly. The leaf is very loosely pressed and includes a long chaotic mess of tangled stems and large leaves. I heated up my pot and prepared for brewing this nameless drink. The aroma was enticing to say the least. The scent began with molasses, brown sugar, and warm wood. A light floral background peeked out. I believe I sniffed some dark coco and possible cherry. Needless to say, it was very pleasing. I gave the pot a shake and lifted the lid for another sniff session. This time, I was catching aromas of honeysuckle flower, orchid, and wet moss. I washed the leaves once and prepared for brewing. The taste begins with a lot of wood and chestnut. The flavors are sweet and deep. I can take in some soft fruits in the aftertaste, The huigan is thick and filled with sugarcane and dates. A slight cooling sensation begins at my tongue and follows down to my belly. The brew is sweet and buttery with tones of powdered sugar and dough. A very decent tea. The brew keeps this consistent profile and slowly calms down. The qi is soft and uplifting. I imagined the word “cloud walking” to describe the feeling. Very peaceful. Very high, I enjoyed this tea. I thought it was fairly good, but the price is daunting. I will contemplate on it.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BJ1SYaBA0to/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel

The tasting of the 2016 lineup has ended. I only tasted the "new teas, for I already have an idea of the 2016 re-blends.
In conclusion, I am very unsure about a lot of them. They were all decent teas; however, it cost me 130$ +/- just to sample the teas. I was not incredibly taken aback, nor was I surprised by any of them. I enjoyed tasting and drinking them, but I can’t recall anything “jumping” out at me to stock up. I will drink what I have left and see if my thoughts change. Personally, my favorite was the daily drinker, hahah. It is not because of price. The pure fruity tone was fantastic! The brew was very appeasing and tasty and it had a decent qi; however, the brew has little to no depth. Again, I will sit and think about my last thoughts…

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Cherry, Chestnut, Cocoa, Dates, Floral, Fruity, Orchid, Powdered sugar, Sugarcane, Sweet, Wet Moss

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Tealluminati

I also sampled all the 2016 w2t, this was near (or at) the top spot for me. I heard rumors that it was sourced as pressed cakes from another producer, don’t know if that is accurate or who the other producer is.

KiwiDelight

I had a fun time keeping up with your journey with the 2016 line up :]

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“Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup
They slither wildly as they slip away
Across the universe
Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my opened mind
Possessing and caressing me”

- John Lennon & Paul McCartney

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Last years best blend they say… blend or not, I will still take some TAF : )
This had a good three steeps to get through the astringency, but the mouth feel and thickness of the tea lasted a good 12 steeps which is all I was able to get out of it because tea hasn’t been that great of a thing for me lately.
Drank this tea down and finished packing 34 sets : )
Sent all of those out and have been receiving paragraphs from people as they try to figure out their taste and where/how to buy pu’erh.

Considering that I am going to hit 200 beginner packages this year… this community has put power behind me to jumpstart a whole new customer basis for many vendors come 2017, just watch, together we have been doing something big for the online tea community :)

Wish this tea had the feels that TAF had though, it was easily one to sip and work with…. didn’t NAKA me out or make me turn upsidedown like a LBZ

aardvarkcheeselog

I bought a sample of this and haven’t even tasted it, because I never have the hour and a half I think it will take for “focused brewing.”

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The White2Tea 2016:

I purchased samples of all the 2016 new line up this year, and I started at the bottom (cheapest) and worked my way up. I did this to taste the profile improvements and variances. I brewed in the same pot with same leaf water ratio. Also, this helps to hone in my palette to identify what’s a good deal and what’s not. At the conclusion of my tasting I will be placing my cake order.

This tea reeks of fresh and pungent. A strong scent with floral, grass, fruity, and smooth melon. I warmed up my pot and put some in. The scent becomes deeper and filling with hot wood, syrup, white honey, and honey crisp apples (the best). I wash the leaves once and prepare for brewing. The leaves yield a sweet and astringent taste. I take in some soft wood, nectar, and hay. I note a very very light bitter tone in the background. The brew is very grassy and herbaceous. This is an interesting tea. I can taste some slight huigan and brief kuwei. The liquor wafts up with thick caramel scents. The qi is viscous. The feeling is very heavy and aggressive. The first time I drank this tea I didn’t like it because it made my stomach hurt. The second time (after I let it sit for a week or so) it calmed down and didn’t hurt quite as bad.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BJVs4dLAaQX/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel

Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Floral, Fruity, Grass, Herbaceous, Honey, Nectar, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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The White2Tea 2016:

I purchased samples of all the 2016 new line up this year, and I started at the bottom (cheapest) and worked my way up. I did this to taste the profile improvements and variances. I brewed in the same pot with same leaf water ratio. Also, this helps to hone in my palette to identify what’s a good deal and what’s not. At the conclusion of my tasting I will be placing my cake order.

I am still trying to figure this one out…

When a company states phrases like “the most out there” and “mystic” I have several thoughts in my mind. Is it taste? Qi? Aroma? Sensation? Processing? Terrior? Is it odd for this region of tea to do things like this one does? So. Many. Questions. So, I gear up with tasting tools in hand and begin! I was suuuper analytical and towards the end I’ll reveal my conclusion of the mystic diving brew.

I inspect the leaves and notice their small hairs, long slender shape, slight compression and they give off an intensely sweet aroma of berries, lemon, and thyme. A very fresh and sweet mix. I warmed up my pot and place the subject inside. The fruitiness expands to bosc pears, red apples, fruit punch, and the mild dryness of cranberries. I notice all my scents are “red”. I washed the leaves and prepared the lab to commence brewing. The leaves once steeped emit a shadowed scent of dark fruits, tobacco, and some faint peppermint or menthol. The taste is full and lasting. I notice some dark wood at the front which comes across as sweet and harsh. A wisp of smoke follows through with some heavy fruitiness. The tea is thick and the aftertaste is sweet and long lasting huigan (could I use the word sweet some more…). I pick up on some berry tastes later on and watch the tea flavors begin to fade after each steep. The huigan changes into a powerful menthol/mint cooling sensation the chills my throat and jaw line. The frigidness was refreshing. The qi is a nice feeling. It is a very slight and happy feeling the grows in power throughout the session. The remaining liquor gives a sugary aroma and fills up the lab. The testing has been concluded and the machinery and tasting tools lay scattered about, used and dripping. However, I still have questions in my mind. Am I tasting a wild old arbor material, for I picked up some viscosity and smoke? Was the unique characteristic the steeped leaves cooling aroma? Or was the mystery in the menthol powerful aftertaste? Was this all just a marketing ploy that I fell into? What makes this tea so “out there”? Honestly, I don’t have an answer. The tea was decent; however, I note nothing that is outstandingly unique about this brew. I am going to spend some more time and take it back to the lab. Once I find something out, you’ll be the first to know.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BJyC1YrgASI/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel

Flavors: Cranberry, Dark Wood, Fruit Punch, Menthol, Pear, Peppermint, Red Apple, Red Fruits, Smoke, Sweet, Tobacco

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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drank 2015 Poundcake by White 2 Tea
16 tasting notes

today i have the w2t poundcake brewed, thanks to mrmopar who sent this and others.

i brewed this western style. the liquor comes out a light yellowish gold, i like the look of it.
it tastes sweet with a slight maple syrup note. it has some vegetal taste too, with some peach. i get a nice rich mouthfeel- some menthol on the tip of the tongue. im really happy with this one.. could be a potential daily drinker, who knows.

its a quite sunday and this poundcake stuff is just the thing to drink while i read through mtg pdf guides. ive always had magic cards, but never bothered to play right, and since i havnt grown out of it, id like to revisit the game.

i just poured a second cup from my pot and i think there is more astringency somehow.. i ve noticed these slight changes in the past, and i assure you the basket is not in it ( although i have been known to forget it in there.) how does this make sense? anyways this is a nice tea. maybe ill set up the gongfu another day for a more in depth review.

-nycoma

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drank 2015 Bosch by White 2 Tea
6 tasting notes

A very good tea. One of my most favorite young sheng`s ever. It has strong charakter and at the same time it is very pleasant on the tounge and in the mouth, no aggressive or too bitter notes… there are a lot of things to taste here.
I found some plum and almond… but i guess one can atribute many many aromas to this complex, strong but still kind of round tea.

Flavors: Almond, Butter, Plums

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec 10 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Buddhas in the Hourglass

When I shut my eyes the world folded me up like a paper airplane and shot me out into space. Upon my arrival in that void, I was cradled in a massive endless blackness, floating. Out of the blackness I saw a enormous heaving swarm – at first it looked like sands falling through an hourglass, but as I drifted closer, I noticed that each grain of sand was actually a person. Billions and billions of people swirling and falling through an hourglass. It was as if Michelangelo’s Last Judgment had come alive inside this kaleidoscopic, planet-sized hourglass. Most of the people were struggling, fighting, tangled and twisted with one other. But some of the people were Buddhas, in the literal sense – seated full lotus, serenely gliding on a gentle unseen current, slightly above the sea of humanity, unperturbed by the chaos and completely at peace. And then the absurdity of it all hit me, and I laughed and couldn’t stop laughing. My field of vision grew wider, and I was together with the giant laughing corpulent Buddha holding the hourglass; we just laughed and laughed as we watched people struggling and twisting and falling. I was Buddha and Buddha was me; I held the hourglass, I was in the hourglass. When I woke I opened my eyes to sunlight and the taste of wildflowers on my tongue.

EDIT to add:

TL;DR: drank Treachery and it reminded me a lot of the time I took Salvia Divinorum and met up with the Buddha about 100 million light years from Earth.

Haveteawilltravel

…….So I’m going to be pulling copper pipes to sell for just a taste… Interested?

Rasseru

lol @ the added TL;DR

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drank 2016 Teadontlie by White 2 Tea
198 tasting notes

And I’m on tonight you know this tea don’t lie
And I’m starting to feel it now
The cha qi, I’m tea drunk
Don’t you see baby, this is some good stuff

http://www.aguywithagaiwan.com/2016/09/17/2016-teadontlie-white2tea/

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brewed this after the much enjoyed session with the 2007 Repave. Yet the 2007 Yexiangwang Naka…I did not want to finish steeping this out. I came back to it the next day. It has longevity, it made me drunk-ish (stopped before getting too woozy). I just did not enjoy this tea in any way shape or form.

It was harsh on my stomach, and didn’t settle either. Felt like a mild case of indigestion just before acid reflux set in.

Bitterness, smokey, totally smoky, it needs more aging, maybe another 5-10 years? However long I think the smoke needs to mellow a bit longer.

Cooling huigan kicks in about steep 5-6. the first 3-4 steeps it tasted like smokey Lipton tea, with a bit of extra complexity, or perhaps smokey puerh laced/blended with a bit of lipton black tea. That distinct Lipton black tea flavor, its in this tea, that’s the only way to describe it. The description says its blended, and the dry leaves look like some heicha is in there, maybe…? Does appear to have some darker leaves in it.

steeps 5+ it started to open up but never got too complex. Its not super smokey now, but the smoke flavor is prominent and dominant and not much else shines through flavor wise.

Feeling – its medium bodied, oily mouthfeel, lingers on the tongue, cooling huigan, and head chi. This tea if brewed strongly could make you tea drunk.

I’m on the fence if I want to buy a cake to age. If I bought a cake I’d push it to the back of the stack and forget about it for another 10 years, its not something I see myself reaching for any time soon.

Its not bad, fun to sample, but not something I’d be reaching for. Final thoughts the next day when finishing this…not worth a cake. It gets you drunk, but the other effects are too harsh on me personally. Too much indecision. Love/hate…

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dark amber and indicative of its age (9 years old), seems aged much longer than its age, but was maocha for 7.5 years before it was pressed in 2014. Not as intensely complex or deep flavors/effects/qi as a higher quality tea, but this tea is not lacking in any area (except maybe chi). Its flavorful, immediate cooling huigans, and lasting sweet kuwei bitter to sweetness aftertaste. I enjoyed this tea, was instantly wow’d by this, and when I saw the price per cake at $36.50 I put 3 cakes in my shoppping cart!

THIS is what a daily drinker should be. No chi, no sedating, just flavor and aftertaste. Really good daily drinker.

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drank 2005 Naka by White 2 Tea
20 tasting notes

smokey taste dominates but its smooth balanced smokiness, not a harsh rough bitterness. There was also what some other people described as a sourness, which I can relate. Its a contrasting flavor that isn’t really a flavor, so I’ll just say “sour” anyway. The flavors are one-dimensional. Its pretty much gentle smooth creamy smoke. That’s about it.

No bitterness, no aftertaste, no sweetness, slightly mouth drying at the end of the session.

Not seeing what the hype is about for this one. HOLY SH*T! To think I paid this much? at $1.28/g? This is a decent tea, it got me slightly drunk, although I had it on an empty stomach, and I eased off the tea midway through session so that the drunkenness didn’t fully overwhelm (I eased off because I felt the wooziness coming on). Lasted over 12 steepings.

Decent amber color, definitely 11ish years old. But IMHO not worth the price. Not even really glad I tried it to be honest, but now I have a point of reference when other people rave…well…don’t believe everyone’s rantings.

After pondering this tea, its a pure “drunkeness” tea. You drink it to get tea drunk. You drink it for the chi. I think this would be better material for blending to increase chi of other better tasting teas more complex teas, but not as a stand alone tea.

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