White 2 Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

Temperature: Boiling (Subsequent infusions at 190oF)
Brewing Time: Fifteen seconds ( + five seconds for each subsequent infusion)
Aroma: Smoky
Flavor: Smoky, Malty, Toast, Tobacco and Damp Earth
Tasting Notes: I loved it. It has a nice staying power, according to my notes I got twenty-three infusions out it before I stopped taking notes. This is a tea that you shouldn’t drink if you have things to do, it just has so much to give. I didn’t finish this tea I had stuff to do and frankly it just lasts way to long for me. I have a little left over I might experiment brewing with for longer times. The Smoky tastes starts to disappear after the fifth infusion, but besides that it stays pretty constant. I didn’t notice the taste starting to thin out, which is ridiculous, generally I like to see teas change in later infusions, but I doubt I’d be able to distinguish the sixth infusion from the twentieth.

Definitely worth buying! $18 for 100g is nothing. I haven’t tried the other teas that TwoDog sent me yet, but I have a feeling this might be the one to beat. The bar is set pretty high with this Old Bear, while my only criticism of it is you might get bored since the tea doesn’t get better the more you drink. I am curious if this tea will age well, I generally like young Sheng Puerh, but I wonder if this is type of puerh you want to buy and forget about or the kind you drink immediately.

More at http://rah-tea.blogspot.com/2014/12/white2tea-2006-little-gold-melon-old.html

boychik

i love this one. like drinking whiskey and smoking cigars :)

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It’s funny how different this sheng is from the one I drank yesterday. So mellow and smooth and sweet. I am enjoying it!

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drank Big Tree Red by White 2 Tea
3091 tasting notes

Personal rant, not meant to offend anyone: I really wish that the owners of tea companies would put their teas in the database. I get tired of having to enter the info on every new tea I sample, and sometimes lately I don’t bother to write a review, because I’m busy, I’m tired, & I don’t really feel like doing it. I’d rather just enjoy the tea.

And I did enjoy this one, another sample from the tea club. When I opened the envelope, the aroma drew me in, heady & rich, almost like a perfume (but not grotesque, like perfumes are to me). Multiple steepings carried me through the morning & had a cool soothing effect, like the feeling of clay, even though the tea was actually hot, of course. Kind of sweet, reminiscent of Mandala’s Black Beauty (but different), never bitter. It’s lovely..

Cheri

I had this yesterday but didn’t put a review in because well, I didn’t have the time or the energy to add the tea to the database.

Terri HarpLady

exactly! :)

Terri HarpLady

oh! I just realized I have tea cash to spend! Happy birthday to me!

looseTman

Happy birthday Terri!

Terri HarpLady

Thanks Tman! It’s not until the 27th, but that’s almost here!

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This is for the mini-cake of the same name, which was included in the January edition of the tea club.
7G + 4oz or so yixing (rinse) X 15/30/45/60 sec, etc…

Wood…that’s the first note here, deep woodwinds come to mind, & some low strings. This has a pleasing darkness to it, like a rich well aged compost, that you can’t help running your fingers through & smelling before you mix it into your garden. I’ve had a rough day, & it is immediately grounding & satisfying, welcoming me home. There’s a darkness & slight bitterness to it like a cup of coffee, or a square of unsweetened high quality dark chocolate.

This tea doesn’t have any unpleasant qualities, however there is a slight metallic taste, at least to my tastebuds. It’s in the background, with a silvery quality to it, as if a bright sounding flute tried to join the soothing ensemble that I have created in my mind, & I’m not sure how I feel about it’s presence.

Imagine yourself in the cool dark by a lake, surrounded by trees, feeling soothed & at peace. Then you notice a neon light, flashing through the trees. It’s not quite what you had in mind, but you do your best to ignore it. Anyway, that faded after a couple of steeps, and now my ensemble of mellow sounds is playing more softly, and includes a loaf of nutty whole grain bread, a hint of clay, & well oiled & aged leather.

And I’m getting a pleasant buzz, so my day is much improved. :)

Tealizzy

Love this note!

OMGsrsly

Oh, that’s lovely!

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This tea isn’t bad. I am not that much into semi aged sheng but I enjoyed this tea. It has a heavy smoke flavor mixed with other aged flavor. I didn’t have that sweetness I like in certain young shengs. Still it was good.

I brewed this four times in a 220 ml gaiwan with 10g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, and 20 sec. There were a lot more steeps to this tea but I have to watch my caffeine.

Flavors: Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 7 OZ / 220 ML

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Aged sheng appears to be growing on me! That or I’m starting to find styles I actually enjoy.

I stole this sample from Marzipan when I went to her house a few weeks back :D Ok I didn’t steal it, she was very generous and willing to split some of her White2Tea samples with me!

I am drinking it today because Cheri was drinking it yesterday and the day before and talking about how awesome it is on Steepster chat! I agree, this is a very nice one :)
Still having trouble describing aged flavors. This one is sweeter and “cleaner” tasting than some of the others I’ve had. I guess some aged sheng tastes like raw, green lumber to me and this woody taste is more of a ripe, almost fruity wood with a more complex taste. Like the difference between the smell of a cheap piece of plywood and a fancy piece of apple or cherry wood maybe? I’m getting a little abstract here, sorry!

Cheri

Yes!!! these are words I was trying to think of! It’s almost fruity with a complex sweetness to it. It just was so….WOW!

boychik

i loved this one. A lot. Sarcy didnt like it and shared a sample with me. Cheri, i hope you wont change your mind !

boychik

also i want to add that i have a problem with some wet aged sheng or shou. They make my throat dry and scratchy. some flavors just dont work for me. but this one is beautiful. Fruity !

Cheri

I’m totally down with splitting a cake with you, boychik. Working my way through the rest of the w2t that I have so I can decide if I want anything else.

boychik

yay. Me too. i made it my priority samples. want to break Often now.

Cheri

I think I’ll probably just get some more samples of other things again…which will probably lead me to asking if someone wants to split a $250 cake….

Stephanie

Weird, now that you mention it boychik I may have experienced that dry scratchy throat thing! Cheri is trying to tempt me to get in on this order…not sure yet ;)

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A sample from “Pug”. Very soft and gentle, not much in the flavor profile to exclaim. A starter sheng for sure for those not used to pu erh. The leaf material was of good quality and the spent leaves were still strong.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Woo woo in a cake.

Here are my notes and impressions:
- dried leaf smells fresh and fruity
- wet smells like leathery dried apricots
- Broth color is pale yellow
- Feels nicely woo woo

As I was drinking this and skypeing with MzPriss, I found myself losing track of the convo. Luckily we do text chat, so I could go back and see what she was saying LOL

I wish I could do a whole cake of this. It’s a winner fo sho and I think it’s going to age amazingly. Like me. But at least I am happy I got to try it, and for that I am grateful!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 3 OZ / 88 ML
Terri HarpLady

I want to drink tea & Skype with people!
I tried to set up a google groups tea drinking hangout, but it never happened…we’re all busy, nobody was available at the same time… :(

Sarsonator

Aaaaww! That is a bummer, Terri. We are in close time zones and are early birds, So we usually chat early on the weekend. How have things been going for you? I miss my Steepster peeps!

MzPriss

Terri! Yes please skype with us

Terri HarpLady

what are you gals doing right now? I’m just goofing off at my computer…

Terri HarpLady

I’m on Skype as terri.langerak

Terri HarpLady

sars, life has been good! Busy, but good. The recording project got cancelled, so I’m in full goof off mode now. No students until Jan 5th, & although I do want to get some things done between now & then…
“Like organize EVERYTHING”, Ms Theresa inserts,
I also NEED to just sit around with tea, catch up with my steepster friends, & really just relax for a few days. Maybe monday I’ll start trying to accomplish something. :)

MzPriss

I just went to get a rock tumbler but I’m home now

MzPriss

And I just sent you an add thingie

Sarsonator

Tea party USA!

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drank 2005 Naka by White 2 Tea
431 tasting notes

This is a good tea but I don’t think I will drop $285 on it. I bought the sample in the White2Tea Black Friday sale and am just now getting around to trying it. I would describe this tea as a mixture of mild sweetness and aged flavor, I don’t know a better way to describe the aged flavor. There was little bitterness in this tea although the aged flavor was strong and in some ways bitter too, if that is a good description.

It seems that I am simply not meant for the effect from tea that some here report getting. While this tea had a relaxing effect on me I can’t claim to have gotten tea drunk. Perhaps 6.6g tea for 150ml was not enough tea, perhaps next time I will use more. I have enough of the sample left for at least two more sessions.

I brewed this eight times in a 150ml gaiwan with 6.6g leaf and 200 degree water.I rinsed this tea and gave it a ten minute rest. I steeped it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. I have saved the leaves and will go back to this tea later. Hopefully I have gotten all the caffeine at this point and the rest will effectively be decaf.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
AllanK

Merry Christmas everyone!

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drank 1998 White Tuo Ripe by White 2 Tea
493 tasting notes
AllanK

I was not sure I liked the aged taste in this tea, had what I would describe as a bamboo taste but some have used the word leather. I plan to try it again and I am thinking of breaking up a tuo cha and placing it in a yixing tea caddy.

Cheri

Bamboo…yeah, I can totally see that. I don’t get leather, but I could see bamboo.

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drank 2005 Naka by White 2 Tea
309 tasting notes

Naka is in the Mengsong tea growing region. Generally I enjoy Mengsong teas and their elegant character. This particular cake has gently pressed leaves and picking the cake apart is very easy. Soft warm aroma comes from the wet leaves and the dark golden tea soup. Early brews are a bit light in taste with a slight hint of smoke but this changes in later cups. There is a light underlying bitterness in the early sips. Even with the first cups, there is a very pleasant aftertaste which continues throughout the tea session. The activity in the mouth is persistent and good. In later cups I discover a low, dark sweetness which is rather enjoyable. The qi is strong and obvious with this one. Lovely tea that works hard to put the mind at rest – in fact, silencing the mind allowing you to feel the peace of the moment. The price is high but the quality matches the price.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 90 ML
Stephanie

Naka! I keep hearing great things :)

MzPriss

I LOVE this Naka. It was (one of) my holiday presents to me

DigniTea

This one is rather special. Seems like Naka has become quite popular recently. Like any other tea region, the quality of the Naka material used by the farmer/producer varies quite a bit. Good material and almost 10 years of age on this one which explains the high price.

Yang-chu

yet another marvelous review.

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I drank a sample of this tea all morning yesterday. I was off work and baking quiche and wrapping Christmas presents so I had time for a proper gongfu session for once! It was really enjoyable. One of the cleaner and smoother aged shou I’ve had the pleasure of drinking. I think I am getting more accustomed to aged flavors in puerh. I’ve been quite fond of younger shou and sheng for a while now, but older stuff is definitely starting to grow on me :)

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drank 1998 Aged Yiwu by White 2 Tea
309 tasting notes

This tea certainly is easy to drink. I am fond of Yiwu teas since they tend to be mellow and smooth. This 1998 is the oldest Yiwu leaf I’ve had. Just as expected mellow and smooth with a prominent brown sugar sweetness. The nice full leaves produce a dark bronze soup which is very clear. A silk-like body is found in the sip. Nice aftertaste which lingers. I was left with a little mouth and throat dryness but this often happens when I drink tea. More important to note, the tea left me quite relaxed after the session. Great endurance yielding many, many flavorful resteeps – I steeped the same leaves eight times and I’m still doing 5 second steeps. Overall sweet, dense, and pleasant. The quality of these aged Yiwu leaves is something to admire – this is one amazing tea!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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drank 1998 White Tuo Ripe by White 2 Tea
431 tasting notes

This is certainly an interesting shou puerh. I am not sure how much I like it. It started out with a strong taste of what I would describe as bamboo or aged flavor, not sure which is a better description. Some have described the taste as leather but bamboo is I think a better description. This is a dark and strong tea. Even after eight steeps it was still quite dark colored. I think this is a shou you could easily get fifteen steeps out of. The thing I think I disliked was that there wasn’t much sweet flavor to it, all leather and bamboo along with some earth. While I would not describe it as very earthy, there was still some earthy flavor there.

I steeped this eight times in a 207ml Taiwan Clay Teapot with 9.3g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min, and 4 min. The bamboo taste strongly persisted for about the first four steeps and was noticeable through the first six steeps. I would describe this flavor as slightly off putting. It has been suggested that this tea needs to air out, this could be.

Flavors: Bamboo

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 7 OZ / 207 ML
boychik

Just got it tonight. But I want to wait a few days to acclimate from international ship and cold weather.

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This is a very nice straightforward tea – clean, creamy and sweet. Moderate compression; very attractive dry leaves which offer light floral notes to please the nose. The tea soup is a lovely clear copper color (dark copper). This is a smooth tea with very little if any bitterness found underneath the dominant theme of sweetness. Little complexity, just an enjoyable sip with pleasant mouthfeel and aftertaste. For me the tea’s effect was quite calming and relaxing, in fact, it made me feel rather tired. Puerh from Jingmai has a reputation for being softer and lighter than Puerh from other tea growing regions and this tea lives up to that reputation.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Stephanie

I like a nice sweet raw. It is so weird how some seem to perk me up and others mellow me out. I guess it is the caffeine/theanine ratio? shrug

DigniTea

I think of chaqi as the energy or feeling you get from drinking the tea so that’s the way I look at this and other teas. Don’t know how many others feel this way but I think “sweetness” is sometimes confusing as we describe tea. For me, saying that a flavored tea is sweet is different from describing puerh as sweet. When I describe a puerh as sweet, it means that it is smooth, mellow, easy to drink; does not make me salivate the way something bitter or sour does. Sometimes I wonder if I might mislead others who are unfamiliar with puerh. Interesting to wonder about what puerh sweetness might mean to different palettes.

Stephanie

I definitely think of some straight teas as naturally “sweet” tasting. I like a sheng with a nice balance of sweetness to bitterness :)

But you’re right that it is very different than a flavored tea or a sugar sweetened tea of any kind!

JC

Nice notes! I have yet to try this one, I’m waiting to receive my order from W2T, but I’m looking forward to it. I agree that ‘sweet’ in Puerh and non-flavored tea in general can be confusing to newcomers, but people get the handle of the description once they’ve been exposed to enough times to Puerh. One of my favorite ‘sweet’ Puerh are Spring Xi Kong :)

DigniTea

JC – I was sampling the W2T Jingmai in an effort to make a purchase decision. Haven’t decided yet so I’ll be curious to hear what you think of it. I agree on the XiKong teas. You refer to which Spring Xi Kong? TU, YS or another?

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Yesterday (and lots of days lately) have been hellish at work and left me with no time to write tasting notes! Anyway, this is another sample I got from ChaiVeck. It was nice and light and clean tasting. A little woody but not in a bad way. Not a type of tea I’ve explored much yet so that is always fun! It’s so different! A little like shou but not really…

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After a week’s worth of exposure to air, this shu produces a very pleasant soup tasting of fresh-cut green beans and sugar snap peas. There is the usual leathery taste as well, but it is very much in the background. A delightful surprise!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Quite soft, sweet, and floral, as far as young shengs go. But it is still a sheng, and thus carries the seemingly-obligatory taste of dirty work pants. The best sheng I’ve had to date, but still awful.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I am really enjoying this tea.

It’s part of my November White 2 Tea subscription. So Yummy.

I picked a heart shaped piece. It was cute. Many infusions later, there is still a heart shaped piece left in my gaiwan.

It’s smooth and sweet and just really nice.

I wish I’d ordered it.

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2 quick rinses and a 15sec steep. Ouch- heady flavours but a bit too full-on with a tannic aftertaste that I wasn’t expecting. Good balance though, and reducing the 2nd steep to 8secs gave a smoother experience. I took in the smell of the leaves – old paper strangely mixed with the tang of the sea (and of course, the smoke!)
I left the piao-I lidded for a few hours and re-steeped, again for 8secs. Flashes of camphor coming through the smoke. The lingering tannic feel in the mouth was now more palatable – I bought five bricks of the 002 Whale and although it’s enjoyable now I think I’ll wait a few more years before opening the rest in the hope that the tannins masking that lovely pu’er ‘earthiness’ mellow out over time.

Flavors: Bitter, Camphor, Dark Wood, Earth, Smoke, Tannic

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 11 g 6 OZ / 175 ML

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You’ve got to enjoy this wrapper! Also known as The Wild Elephant King cake, this is a blend of Naka and Bulang material. At the price I paid, it was a great bargain purchase given the high quality. The visual appeal of the cake is acceptable, not beautiful by any means, but pleasant looking. The level of compression makes it fairly easy to pick apart and produce a mixture of whole leaves and pieces. The dry leaf offers a pleasant smell which became sweeter as the leaves steeped. The liquor is dark brass in color. The sip conveys what I would term power with a definite sweetness – clean, strong and smooth with a very nice cooling effect. The activity in the mouth is strong and clean offering a swelling sensation with nice huigan. The leaf has good endurance and remained strong and flavorful through ten resteeps. At the end of the tea session I was left in a very thoughtful meditative state which persisted for about two hours.
Purchased from White2Tea in June for $34.50 (quite a bargain). Unfortunately the current price is $115 (a true indication of the escalating price of Naka tea products during the past 12-18 months).

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
boychik

that Naka :)
This tea sounds really good

Sil

oh my god. I would kill for this, based on the elephant alone…

DigniTea

Sil – I agree with you. That’s what caught my eye anyway and at the time I bought it, there were really no Steepster notes (only one very old one from someone I did not know) but the low price for an “aged” cake and I trust Paul so I added it to an order of YiWu teas. Now I am glad I did it.

Boychik – yes Naka teas are very interesting. I am trying to round out my puerh collection with teas representing different tea growing areas and this week and next I hope to taste from Naka, Mengsong, and Hekai. I think they are each special in their own way.

mrmopar

I think I need to explore Naka a bit.I have some Mengsong fro mDayi and some Hekai from White2tea I looked at that cake a while back also. I got to learn to buy faster..

Cwyn

Is this the cake that is a Naka/Bulang blend?

DigniTea

Cwyn – yes it is.

mrmopar

I may have to talk someone out of a sample of this. That blend sounds good as I know I like Bulang already.

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