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drank 2015 Poundcake by White 2 Tea
776 tasting notes

Gongfu session!

I haven’t had any puerh in a while, so I was excited to try this. My first impression is somewhat positive, but I was paying attention to all of the previous notes talking about how vanilla/sweet this was, so I was unexpected when the bitterness started to show up on the third steep.

I brewed 6g in my gaiwan using water just off the boil. Had a BIIIIG teapot on hand (probably about 5 cups) but I think I only did about 10 steeps. 5-second rinse, then 10/15/20/20/25/30 – after that I didn’t keep track as much.

The first steep was fairly neutral tasting, but the second steep was more fruity and I got tart hints of apricot. The third steep was where the bitterness started coming in, and around steep 5/6 I started feeling this menthol/eucalyptus/tingling feeling in my throat.

I think that if I squint I can kinda taste the vanilla/honey/cake notes that other people here have mentioned, but I’m not quite there yet. I think I’m going to let this sit a bit more before I have it again.

On the plus side, there were HUGE leaves and buds in my brew! I even took a photo: https://instagram.com/p/7JlgnfxIea/

mrmopar

Do very quick steeps on this one. I think being young leaf the tea can turn bitter/biting with any long time in the Gaiwan. I did 3 second steeps to really get this one going.

Christina

Ok, I’ll see if I can manage that. I don’t do gongfu that often, so my dexterity isn’t so great.

mrmopar

Mine is no work of art for sure!

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drank 2015 Poundcake by White 2 Tea
50 tasting notes

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87

Thank you Boychik for this sample. This is an outstanding raw tea. It is strong and punchy sheng. There was a fair amount of bitterness to the early steeps. I gave this tea fourteen steeps in a 50ml gaiwan. I would say I found bitterness in the first eight steeps. Then the transformation began. There was still a potency to this tea even in the fourteenth steep. It became something quite pleasant but still strong. I suspect that this tea is a good one for aging. Its strong and slightly bitter character makes me feel this. This one has a potent aftertaste to it also. After fourteen steeps I am starting to feel its qi. This is one I would consider buying if WHite2Tea has any left during their Black Friday sale.

I steeped this fourteen times in a 50ml gaiwan with 4g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, 2 min, 2.5 min and 3 min. I think this tea would have gone 20 steeps and I may save the leaves for tomorrow.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 2 OZ / 50 ML
teatortoise

Could it have been bitter so long because there was too much leaf?

boychik

You are welcome Allan. It sounds really good. I have cravings for bitterness lately. It makes it more complex. 4g sounds right for 50 ml!

AllanK

It was quite good. I have enough of your sample for another session since I used such a small gaiwan.

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You guys, I went to put away the Basics Set and grab something else from my latest White2Tea purchase to try. I looked at the white whale and thought, “yeah, maybe that one”. And then I looked a little closer and saw that in the plastic ziplock along with it was a puer pick! Woohoo, I have a puer pick now! What a thoughtful add-on! (my order must have had “newbie” written all over it) Anyhow, it was definitely necessary, because this brick is tightly compressed. So yay, I was able to chip off 6g for my gaiwan, did two rinses (one quick, one longer, hoping to get the tea chunks to open up a bit), then started with a 5-10sec steep. I found this one actually got intense and a little bitter quite quickly, so I ended up doing a bunch of 20sec steeps in a row rather than going longer with each one, which seemed to help. I might go with less tea next time.

This is a nice aged sheng, with lots of musty and earthy flavours and a cooling bitterness in the late sip / aftertaste that I presume is the camphor. It’s kind of like… taking a walk in the woods after a rainfall… while chewing on pine needles. But in a good way. ;) It’s also fairly smooth, full-bodied, and it mellows out into a bit of sweetness in later steeps. I’m writing this from memory for a tea I mostly drank yesterday, so this review is a bit lacking in detail. I’m glad I have a brick of it, and look forward to giving it another try!

But… how do I store this? The packaging doesn’t really lend itself to rewrapping as well as the cakes do. I currently have it semi-rewrapped and sealed up in the ziplock it arrived in, but I’m pretty sure that’s not a respectful way to store aged sheng. So Steepster, help me out, what should I do? :)

mrmopar

Leave the bag open and store it away from odors and sunlight. Not in the kitchen!
Gong Fu this at some time. The quick steeps do keep the bitterness down. If you build a pumidor later I will help with that.

boychik

It’s not big so grab some kind ceramic jar. Until you ready for pumidor as mrM suggests

MzPriss

But beware – mr mo will have you building a pumidor soon. He is an awesome good/bad influence

Lindsay

THIS is the reason I was trying to stay away from puer. Everyone I know already thinks my tea obsession is a bit crazy, but puer drinkers take it to a whole other level! No pumidors for me, at least for now. :)

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95

This is one sweet tea. I get a variety of notes. There is an apricoty feeling to this sheng. Notes of stonefruits too. I broke in my new 50ml gaiwan for this tea so I was able to put it through a lot of steeps. After fourteen steeps I am feeling the effects of this tea. Normally with my larger gaiwans I would stop at eight steeps because I have to watch my caffeine levels. It’s very nice to have such a small gaiwan finally. My other gaiwans were at least 100ml and that is just too big to give a tea 14 steeps in one session. This is a tea I would definitely consider buying more of. I only wish it were a 357g cake instead of a 200g cake. This is one of the best shengs I have ever had.

I steeped this 14 times in a 50ml gaiwan with 3.7g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, 2 min, 2.5 min and 3 min.

Flavors: Apricot, Stonefruits, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 2 OZ / 50 ML
eyitsrichard

May I ask where you purchased your gaiwan? I’ve been looking for a small one for a while.

teatortoise

Fourteen!

mrmopar

Its a humdinger.

Dr Jim

I can’t stand it any more! I just opened mine for a session.

AllanK

I’m sure you will like it.

Dr Jim

I do, though not as much as you do. Glad I bought it though.

Ubacat

This sounds like one I’d really like to try. I hope it’s in the monthly club package.

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90

Nom nom nom this is delicious and complex and wonderful. It has that slightly aquatic dirty note I love in aged Sheng, followed by a foresty wonderfulness. There is a camphor note that lingers, and almost a berry taste. I’m a fan and so glad it’s back in stock at the moment so I can pick up a cake with my Clover Patch! I wish I had found this when it was $15 a cake, but even at $29 its really tasty within that price point. Not to mention the cute label.

Flavors: Berries, Camphor, Pine, Seaweed

Preparation
5 g 3 OZ / 88 ML
Sil

welcome back!

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The early steeps of this tea were what I would describe as ‘juicy’. They were interestingly sour in a way that many fruit juices are. It produced a feeling on the tongue and in the bottom of the cheeks that was pleasantly drying and slightly cooling at the same time.

Very thick at first, thinning out a bit in later steeps. The tea coats the tongue and makes it feel flush or slightly swollen. It is similar in character to the w2t Tuhao, although this is not as throaty of a tea, and the huigan is not as strong.

What was most intriguing was the complexity of aroma in the gaiwan. Each steep brought out something different, sometimes drastically different than the last steep. Overall a very enjoyable tea.

Flavors/Aromas: Steamed Rice, Pipe Tobacco, Masala Spice, Grain, Minerals, Grape, Apple

Preparation
Boiling 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Brewing this up tonight.
I got this out a few hours ago and did a rinse and let it sit to open up.
Brewing was about 9 grams in the easy Gaiwan. I got some nice chunks with good leaf from this cake.
I did 3 quick brews into my big cup. This one is soft but really nice. The flavor notes are across the spectrum. Early notes in the sip are buttery, some bitterness and the sweet comes early without searching for it. The aftertaste will linger a while on this one. The brew was a light golden that didn’t indicate this level of notes. Most younger teas don’t exhibit the broad spectrum of this one. The later aftertaste is reminiscent of some LBZ I have had. wish I had a tong of this…….

Flavors: Bitter, Butter, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
boychik

i love this one

Dr Jim

Haven’t tried mine yet, but this review makes me want to.

Haveteawilltravel

Isn’t it so intriguing…

teatortoise

It sounds very intriguing.

Cwyn

A tong!

eyitsrichard

I get super hungry when I drink this tea. Anyone else get that?

teatortoise

With most puerhs I experience that effect.

boychik

Me too. i eat whatever is around. Non stop. not only with this tea, with sheng in general. My theory is its working my metabolism cause i dont gain weight.

teatortoise

It’s supposed to improve/increase digestion. I drink puerh sometimes for my indigestion and acid reflux.

mrmopar

@teatortoise I love shou when the re flux gets acting up for sure.

Grill

Sheng gives me the munchies big time especially younger ones

mrmopar

I agree with all the above. Munchies, interesting and metabolism.

Cwyn

TeaDB recommends Cheetos.

teatortoise

Even a strong high afterward.

JC

Shous are definitely your friend when the stomach is feeling weird. Young Sheng does help me if I eat greasy food, I feel like it subsets fat the or aids my tummy digest it.

I’ve yet to try this one, but if mrmopar recommends I’m looking forward to it :D

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90

This cake started out with a heavy wet storage taste. It started to dissipate somewhat by the second steep and was gone by the fifth steep. It had, as reported by others, a think almost syrupy consistency in the early steeps. I did not notice any fermentation flavor. Saying this had notes of chocolate is not far off the mark. I steeped this eight times and wish I didn’t have to watch my caffeine intake because in the eighth steep it was really getting good. It had lost all the unpleasant flavors of wet storage and morphed into something delicious. This is probably not a tea I would choose to stock up on but I am glad I bought it. To be honest if I didn’t have so much ripe puerh here I probably would stock up on this.

I steeped this eight times in a 180ml teapot with 13g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. I suspect I’d get around five more steeps out of this tea were I to continue with it.

Flavors: Sweet, Wet Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 13 g 6 OZ / 180 ML
Cwyn

Just think what it will be once aired out of six months. Allan if you want to buy more, you can always send me that funky brick to free up space. :P

AllanK

Airing it out for six months would do it some good it did the 1998 White Tuo a lot of good.

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88

I’m really enjoying this tea. This has been my go-to. It smells like a dry summer day on an herb farm I worked at one summer. It was a particularly hot/dry summer for New Jersey and the farm was kind of overrun with buckwheat. It was only a few acres so we hand weeded the whole farm, this tea reminds me a lot of that. Composting herbs, in a humid environment, that have been dried out by a heat wave. Which is a super pleasant thing to me. That is what I’m hit with upfront, then the apricot flavors come as time goes on.

This has been my go-to for everyday casual drinkin because there is no super subtle huigan or floral taste, so I dont feel too bad drinking this unfocused or on the go. Also it gives my spring tea a rest. I find it tough to drink very aged tea when its hot, flavor wise, and the fresh stuff is almost too good to have ALL the time

Flavors: Apricot, Compost, Herbaceous

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 100 OZ / 2957 ML
jschergen

One of the better tuos around that age IMO.

Cwyn

Agreed, I’ve been crock storing mine for some time now. I can’t drink much aged in the summer either. Fresh Pu just works so well to cool me off.

aLabGunsabston

Yeah I’m definitely happy with the price and quality. A lot tastier then the Xiaguan stuff of the same age and price. Cwyn, do you ice your fresh pu to cool off? Or is it just the nature of the tea?

Cwyn

It is just the tea. Really any green tea will do this. I have a lot of water retention from meds and health issues, it is worse in the hot summers. Old ladies have swelled up ankles, legs etc. it feels very tiring. Two cups of a strong green tea like fresh puerh and the aching goes away. I’m rid of the swelling in about 90 minutes as long as I’m relaxing too.

aLabGunsabston

Interesting. Thats great it provides some relief. I just sat down to some Hekai and thought about it, and after the heat from the tea itself wore off, I did notice I was more a bit more comfortable .

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94

From the S&S TTB #2

Thanks to Rich for the generous addition to the TTB.

This tea is the reason I love sheng. The tea is rich and complex, with every one of at least 10 steeps showing a subtly different character.

The first steep (some would call this the rinse) was light but delicious with floral highlights. 2nd and 3rd were rich, complex, and powerful. Middle steeps (3,4,5) were woody and tannic, presumably suggesting an ability to age. After the 5th steep, the steeps became soft and round and sweet. The combination of the flavor and the cha qi leaves me sitting on the sofa with a smile on my lips.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C
looseTman

Sounds tea-rific!

Rich

That was my gift to you for organizing the TTB! Glad you enjoyed it.

Rich

Unfortunately, I placed and received my w2t order just a couple weeks before the sale. So no cool free teas for me! But I did get the last mushroom…

Cwyn

Nice to hear something about this tea, not many people have tried it and written anything.

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75

IT’s a smooth budget friendly daily drinker sheng , Sweet aftertaste , light on the tobacco note but heavy on the apricot .

Flavors: Apricot, Plums, Tobacco

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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94

This brew took some focus. The maocha is beautiful. This cake is so lightly compressed it easily peels apart. I grabbed off some long bronze and autumn brown leaves. The dry aroma is sweet and savory with a velvet softness. I placed a generous amount in my warmed yixing and gave it a shake. I took in a deep inhale of the aroma. I caught notes of smooth red wine or possibly ice wine. I washed these leaves once and began some focused brewing. The oily green tendrils gave off a peculiar aroma. I took one short whiff and immediately the image of kettle corn popped in my head (no pun intended). The liquor was pale like white tea and was slightly iridescent. The flavor was complex. This brew has a sharp and popping kuwei, but it’s wrestled with a full huigan. This brew gives a powerful mouth feeling. My tongue was left with a spicy sensation, and my throat filled with sweet coatings. This feeling lasted well into steeping. The flavor continued complex with so many various tones. I was getting a bitterness that arose in my belly, but my throat was softened and numbed. My head was beginning to float, and my blood was pumping quick. My body was in a state of awe and relaxation. I was being pulled into so many different directions that I kinda just made peace with it. The qi was sneaky. I didn’t notice it at all, at first. I was thinking to myself “I thought there was supposed to be an intense body sensation”. The sensation is not seemingly intense. Instead, its invisible, but its powerful. I was quickly sweating and becoming easily distracted. My head was zooming and my eyes grew heavy. I kept on brewing and just adding onto this supposed “absent” qi. I took sip after sip of this now peppery floral tea. The mouth sensation would not quit. I can’t count how steeping sessions I was able to get. I lost count at about 11. The liquor remained a dull orange bronze. This was fantastic, but it took a lot of effort to focus on it. The next time I brew this, I will set some time aside to focus more on this session. This was a wonderful experience, and I am excited to see how it settles.

https://instagram.com/p/6lRN3fTGYF/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel

Flavors: Kettle Corn, Pepper, Red Wine, Smooth, Spices, Sweet

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

Whats the name of the book? The Book of Tea?

Liquid Proust

It is beautiful looking :)

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100

This is a beautiful tea. This gongfu session will be one of my most memorable. I’m going to break this down to help describe this cake fully.

Dry Leaf:
This is truly prized maocha. The dry leaf consists of long and slender leaves. The stems are thick, and the leaf is large. These dark gold and bronze tendrils carry a sweet grape and lightly oiled leather scent. I took a deep inhale from my jar. This is an enticing aroma.

Warmed Leaf:
I warmed these treasures in my yixing. The aroma grew more in depth and became thick. A swift inhale brought me images of plump grapes, winter honey, and buckwheat syrup. This was going to be a tasteful brew.

Steeped Leaves:
I washed this once and prepared brewing. The leaves are massive and mostly intact. These long pale jade leaves become soft and sweet. They smell of stewed zucchini and have a thick vegetable aroma.

Finally, The Brew:
This is beyond fantastic! This drink is perfectly balanced. The brew starts with a thick honey sweetness. Then, it tips over into a light bitterness. The flavors of pepper and syrup combine. The major point of this brew, was its Qi. I’ve never felt anything like this. I’ve drank some aged sheng with a powerful kick, but this was an entirely different animal. The third steeping left me foggy, sweating, focused, and pumping with adrenaline. It was a mix between immense power and perfect serenity. The fifth steeping arose the question “can I really drink more…?” I managed to slowly continuing brewing. The brew became ever sweeter and smooth. The liquor remained a dull bronze color. I lost track of how many times I steeped these leaves. The qi walked along side me sip by sip. The flavor became completely floral in later steeping. The sips were like delicate orchids mixed with slight nectar. This is by far my favorite sheng so far. I’ve never encountered such a brilliant brew. I am so grateful to be able to try this, and I can’t wait to share this with others.

P.S. I wish the ratings could go past 100 xp

https://instagram.com/p/6i0scDTGUX/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel

https://instagram.com/p/6i7jpUzGfC/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel

Flavors: Floral, Honeysuckle, Orchids, Pepper, Sweet, Winter Honey, Zucchini

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

Fantastic review

Grill

I feel like this tea has a truly unique qi. On top of the calm and relaxed feeling I get from a lot of other great teas there is an intense focused, alertness that comes with this tea that I haven’t experienced with anything else. I think another round with this tea is fast approaching

Haveteawilltravel

I couldn’t agree more. I felt something different from the rest. I’m going to let mine sit in storage and relax a little. I drank this a little over 24hrs of rest from its journey.

Grill

Yeah I find a couple weeks of sitting and opening up the bag a few times will help

Haveteawilltravel

I usually do about 3-4 days, but this time my patience was dwindling hahah

Grill

Oh trust me there have been plenty times where I knew I should wait and knew I wasn’t lol

Haveteawilltravel

hahahahah I’m glad I’m not the only one xD

Cwyn

I’m a 3-gram girl on this tea.

Haveteawilltravel

It’s powerful hahah.

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89
drank 1998 White Tuo Ripe by White 2 Tea
150 tasting notes

Seems apropos to review this tea after trying the 1995 puer.sk ripe tuo. The two teas have a quite similar flavor profile: burnt coffee, bitter chocolate, and perfume, with a slightly woodsy background. They both brew up dark and deep. The white tuo is quite good, but just for comparison purposes, it is not quite as beefy or smooth, and doesn’t have much of a huigan, though it does have some. This is a very good tea, especially for the price. It also has a bit more caffeine. A solid performer.

boychik

Have you tried 2004 shu tuo by Puerh.sk? it soo good and 12euro only. very clean taste, steeps forever

Rich

I just ordered one today! And the 2003 version to compare. Have your tried that one?

boychik

I tried 2004 only. also 2002 7581 is really good for 33euro. You can add to the order if you decide. he is pretty good abt it.

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87

I have survived the tea! I drank this last night in the warrior style! About 10g/100ml ratio, but I didn’t measure weight.

Strong, punchy, pleasantly bitter. A real punch in the throat, but still enjoyable and complex. Notes of citrus and apricot, like some of my favorite shengs. Definitely one to keep around and see how it ages.

Flavors: Apricot, Bitter, Citrus

Grill

At 10 grams you are a warrior. I found this one too bitter for me at the moment and this is coming from someone that can knock down half a dozen iipas no problem. I do think that this will be really nice with some years of humid storage though

boychik

i like this tea. 6g/100ml is good enough for me. its bitter but nice, creamy.

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94
drank 2015 Bosch by White 2 Tea
738 tasting notes

This is a tasty tea. I was to be honest expecting more bitterness in the early steeps of this one but it was surprisingly smooth from the beginning. Not sure of the cha qi of this tea as it just didn’t have a strong effect on me. Gave it fourteen steeps in an 80ml Kamjove brewing vessel. I could have certainly continued as the tea leaves were not spent at fourteen. I think I would get twenty out of this tea but I am already past my caffeine limit today. I have not decided if I will save the leaves for tomorrow or not. The defining character of this tea was it’s smoothness. It was a nice sweet tea from early on with some apricoty sweetness developing in later steeps.

I steeped this tea 14 times in an 80ml Kamjove with 5.1g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, 2 min, 2.5 min and 3 min.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 80 ML
Cwyn

Fourteen times! I got about 17 so you are probably getting close. But still that is indeed a lot of tea for your usual. Let me know how you plan to store this, I still haven’t decided. Not sure it needs the crock or even if I want to age it or drink it up.

AllanK

For the moment it is stored in a cardboard box. I may eventually take something out of my pumidor and put this in its place.

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drank 72Hours by White 2 Tea
78 tasting notes

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85

I’ve tried a few Laochatous and this one is my favorite so far. Ready to drink, very smooth, sweet, chocolate and fruity at the same time. Brews up deep and dark, coffee-like. Probably a good place to start for a coffee lover looking to get into Pu’er. These nuggets last a long time, and you can’t really over-steep them as far as I can tell; I’ve forgotten I had them in water a few times and the flavor was still lovely with no bitterness. This makes it a good work tea for me because I can focus on other things and still have a seemingly never-ending and delicious cup of tea that lasts the whole day.

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100
drank 72Hours by White 2 Tea
3 tasting notes

After tasting most of W2T’s 2015 spring harvest I wasn’t expecting too big a surprise with this tea. It takes it right up to the line but never crosses it. This is the first sheng to make me sweat and it did so on the third infusion. Really nicely balanced. I feel like I could lift a truck over my head after drinking this.

Flavors: Astringent, Hay, Sweet, Tobacco, Zucchini

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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95

This is the pu’er for peeps who like it sweet, mouthfeel crazy and lots of crazy feels. I got notes of peach, cream, metallic, savory, butter, herb, spearmint, and floral. The texture is mouth fluff oily and heavy making for a great addictive sip.

I quite enjoyed 2 Late. I like it a touch more than Poundcake, but that’s more of a personal preference thing – both are fantastic teas of the same price.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2015-if-you-are-reading-this-its-2-late-sheng-puer-from-white2tea-tea-review/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec
boychik

I think I like it more than Poundcake too.

kieblera5

I also like this one more than poundcake #tongperson :)

eyitsrichard

I need to taste both this and poundcake against each other again, but I think I like this one more. Of the two, it’s the one I have a cake of :)

Cwyn

I think OolongOwl’s parameters here are good advice for both teas, to go lighter on the temps. My obs is that the teas pressed after the unusual rains are wetter, the leaf doesn’t hold up as well to high temps. But that is likely to change after a few months or a year when th cakes are drier.

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