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This is the first White Two Tea offering that I’ve tried. I found it to be quite nice. The earthiness of it was rather subtle, which I appreciated.
Earliest infusions were sweet and mellow. The earthiness of this pu-erh is perhaps the most pleasant earthy taste that I’ve yet to experience in a pu-erh. This has a flavor of a mushroom. It’s not briny or fishy. It’s smooth, not bitter, and not astringent.
Later infusions became deeper in flavor but still pleasantly sweet, mellow and smooth. The sweetness develops into a caramel-y like flavor that I loved, and then with later infusions, it became more like molasses (loved that too!)
In later infusions, I also picked up on some raw cacao notes and hints of mineral. There was also a slight citrus-y tangy note.
Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/12/27/1997-light-green-7582-private-order-pu-erh-tea-from-white-two-tea/
Dry Leaves: It took me a while to break a chunk off this little tuocha; I started off trying to break a fourth of it off, but I ended up sawing it with my puerh knife. The tuocha didn’t have a strong smell, but it smelled a little smokey.
Temperature: Boiling (Subsequent infusions at 190oF)
Brewing Time: Fifteen seconds ( + five seconds for each subsequent infusion)
Aroma: Slightly Fishy
Flavor: Sweetly Smoky, Earth, Woodsy and Licorice
Tasting Notes: I started with two thirty second rinses, since the item listing recommends a long rinse. Immediately I knew this was way too dark for me, but I soldiered on. I was surprised by the licorice taste I could distinguish in later infusions, although this doesn’t have a lot of staying power, I got eight infusions out of it. I was kind of surprised by the aroma, while it wasn’t fishy enough to be off putting, there was a slight smell, although this might have been caused by the thin wrapper.
I probably wouldn’t buy it again, I am not really fond of Shou Puerh, but I was surprised at how creamy it was. Maybe if I used half as much tea or brewed at a lower temperature I would consider buying this, but for $1.99 for a 20g mini tuocha, it isn’t a bad deal. I just happen to like teas on the greener side.
This tea is excellent. It does not have the typical Dayi security marks. I don’t know which Dayi teas from 2011 glow green is the thing. In any case its quite good. There was a moderate amount of fermentation flavor in the early steeps. By the fifth steep it was gone. There was a sweet flavor too. Another person apparently described it as figs. While I might have said dates or plums this is close too. It emerged in the later steeps. For a tea that only costs $14.50 or so this is quite good. I really enjoyed this tea. I would have steeped it four more times or so but I didn’t want the caffeine.
I steeped this six times in a 220ml gaiwan with 10g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, and 1 min.
Flavors: Dates, Earth, Sweet
90 for the tea. 100 for puerh wrapper art work!
Love this tea – it starts off like amber insence – amber and a bit of smoke with a super slick texture. Middle infusions got pretty dry, but smoothed out at the end with pear sweet, mineral, wet leaf notes, with a floral aftertaste. Final infusions (12th and 13th) where milky smooth.
Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/white2tea-club-december-2014-featuring-2008-often-raw-puerh/
I have been wanting to try this tea for a while. Picked it up with my Black Friday order to White2Tea. Just now getting around to trying it. It is not bad. The aged flavor is strong. I was going to describe the aged flavor as a bamboo taste but I think the Steepster writeup has a better description, wet wood. It starts out with this note and its quite strong. By the second steep it began to dissipate and be replaced to some degreee by a sweet note, but not the sweet note of a young shou. This has a definite aged flavor throughout. By the fourth steep this note was almost gone but not quite. As I have to sleep tonight I only gave this four steeps. To be honest I didn’t like it enough to steep it more anyway. This tea was definitely worth trying. I just didn’t like it as much as I had hoped.
I steeped this tea four times in a 220ml gaiwan with 9.3g leaf and boiling water. I steeped it for 10 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, and 20 sec. This was a very strong tea and I could have gotten a lot more out of it, probably eight more steeps.
Flavors: Wet Wood
I’ve been sipping this over the afternoon, actually I’m still sipping it!
It’s from the white2tea club, december. Actually, the box contained an entire 250G to of it, along with 25G of the black tea I drank earlier.
Anyway, I can’t really think of anything to say about the taste of it, but I’m please to say that the overall effect, for me, has been positive, in that although I still feel the pressure of a migraine, I’m not in pain, & my head has an overall expansive & relaxed feeling.
I’m predicting a bubble bath, followed by bed.
This tea, from the White2Tea club, was my companion this morning during my first practice session of the day. I also tried it the other day. So now I have drank it twice, once as a cup of tea steeped 3 min & resteeped 5, and today as a gongfu session. In both cases it was very satisfying. That’s really all I have to say, & I wish I could offer more by way of description, but it really is tasty :)
Yum. I haven’t been drinking lots of young sheng lately, but I did enjoy this one.
On a side note, how are y’all? I’ve been busy with work, so I haven’t been lurking as much, but I am subscribed to several discussion notifications, so I feel like I am still in the loop, kinda. I at least see what my tea friends are up to.
Oooh. I like this one.
Well, that is until I accidentally oversteep it by a bunch. But it was okay after a couple infusions after I dumped the really oversteeped one.
Nice and easy drinking. Yeah, I can get how this could be a daily drinker. It’s inexpensive and tasty. I’m glad I’ve got another one of these coming.
I got this tea in the White2Tea monthly package for December 2014. It was sent as a “daily drinker” which to me meant a good tea, but nothing special. I think this label is a little misleading however because this tea is fantastic! Probably one of the better young raw pu erh’s I’ve had actually. I used about 8g in a 200ml yixing, and again in a 200ml porcelain teapot. The tea is a nice golden color and has an floral, honey aroma. The tea has an excellent balance of bitterness and sweetness, maybe a little more sweet and bitter but a perfect balance to my palate. I taste floral and honey flavors with a nice sweet aftertaste, just really delicious. I even felt a little tea buzz from the first steeping as I was preparing the second. I could easily drink this one daily which is nice as I’m not really fond of many young sheng pu ehrs, I think most shengs need a good bit of again before I enjoy them, but not this one! A+ from the guys at White2Tea. I might even have to get another one of these.
I’m excited. Just got my Black Friday order from White2Tea and this is my first sample. I’ve started to work my way up the quality ladder, and am very impressed. I’m enough of a newby that I won’t provide a numerical score yet.
This is extremely smooth for a pu-erh. The flavor is a complex mix of wood, straw and hints of caramel and veggies. The first few cups had tons of cha qi, but it’s not as powerful now (5th steep). I agree with the web-site assessment: “The soup is smooth, bronze colored, and has lasting huigan [sweet aftertaste]”. I’m really enjoying this.
This is from the White 2 Tea November subscription.
It’s amazing tea. Amazing.
I am in love.
I also might be a little tea drunk.
smooth. tangy. sweet.
The aroma is a earthy, but the tea doesn’t taste earthy to me. It just tastes amazing.
I wish I had better words to say because this is not doing this tea justice.
I broke this little cake before heading out to work – note to self: be more circumspect around sharp pointy objects, especially first thing in the morning!
I used about 1/3cake in my infuser cup and after as quick rinse let it steep for just the time it took to fill the cup (5secs, no more).
Already this little beauty was the colour of christmas pudding. Sweet first impressions, with a slight smokey, camphor undertone. A cool mineraly feel in the mouth and a nice balance. Comforting already.
4th & 5th 250ml steeps and I’m probably starting to ask a bit too much from this Shu. Some fleeting hints of sweet tobacco, liquorice and dried fruits and its all done by the 6th.
Flavors: Smoke, Sweet, Wet Earth, Wood
Unwrapping this cake, only a faint aroma of duiwei was detected. This is my first ripe pu’er and I was worried about encountering this.
The cake broke quite easily, and small bits could be crumbled off by hand.
2 quick rinses and the first 15sec steep is soft, biscuity and slightly earthy. A golden orange colour in the piao-i.
I left the leaves covered for 30 minutes to open out and the second steep (15secs) was a treacle brown, now with hints of plum in the smell of the leaves. An element of fig in the taste and more earthiness coming to the fore. Still very smooth.
An enjoyable puer although little complexity so far.
Flavors: Earth, Fig, Malt, Sweet, warm grass
I don’t know whether this is a shu or a sheng. Is this what sheng becomes after 17 years of aging? It’s not as potent and fishy as most of the shu I drink. It seems slightly smokey, but not nearly as smokey as the young sheng I’ve had.
The flavor is subtle and a little grassy, but I enjoy it.
This is the first tea I’m sampling from the White2Tea TOMC.
The dry mini bricks are very very dark & fudgey looking, with an aromatic wood/camphor & earth aroma. There are 2 10G squares, so I decided to go with 2 different steeping methods. For the first try I used 10G in my regular mug, giving it a quick rinse & then 15 sec steeps, increasing time as needed.
The early steeps were a light shroom broth, & a sweet bready after taste.
This built over time to a rich & very dark cup, very smooth, reminding me the feeling of unsweetened cocoa powder, with a taste of dried black figs, & blackstrap molasses.
It was very rich!
So I started this yesterday, drinking several cups. Today I gave the leaf a rinse & am enjoying it some more. I started on it when I got home at 3:00 & I think I’m on my 3rd cup. It’s still very dark, damp wood, tobacco, light camphor, & this last cup was kind of like cream of wheat with agave, & a little bit of a light shroomy broth.
The 2nd mini brick will be gongfu steepings in my yixing, sometime. I might have to pick up some more of these in the future.
Thank you SO much Marzipan for this sample!
This is such a nice shou! Only my 2nd tea ever from White2Tea. This is the first shou I’ve had with pronounced camphor notes that I’ve actually enjoyed. It is quite balanced with the earthiness, sweetness, and dark fruity notes. A perfect tea for a cold and snowy day :)
Overall its just really has a really nice pleasant earthy taste exactly what I would expect from a shu, also very smooth and easy to drink. Seems very consistent tasting for each of the brews and liquor is a nice clear brown color. Not really much else to mention but when I think of shu pu’erh the taste of tea would be the ideal taste I would think of.
Flavors: Earth, Paper, Sweet, Wet Rocks