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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. <3
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
The sticky rice description is incredibly accurate. If the whole sipping a hot liquid thing didn’t give it away, I’d probably think I was eating lightly sweetened sticky rice.
On a side note, I think I’m coming down with something. My sinuses were really bothering me earlier today and I could barely pick out specific flavour notes between the two shus I had today. Bleh.
No rating because I think I’ve given up on doing numerical ratings at this point, since recalibrating previous reviews is a pain.
Mr. White2tea is an amazing guy. Very patient, writes well, knows his stuff. If you don’t know him online yet, you should.
He saw a post that I made where I expressed my strange and unexplainable sort of fear of puerh. And since then he has been helping me get past it. A lot of what has helped is that he has assured me that what I feel is normal and I can get past it.
I told him that I think pu is like red wine. Like, at one point I decided I wanted to learn to like wine, and I started with the really sweet ones, like Malvasia (which is a red for people who don’t like reds). By now I like any type of red, even the really oaky and bold ones. But it took a while of sipping and appreciating.
That’s where I think this pu thing is heading. Last week I had a session with this tea and I enjoyed it. Now, I don’t think it tastes like any other tea. It’s its own THING. It tastes like it tastes. And I speculate that is what trips people up – they expect it to taste familiar and when it doesn’t, they just stop. But I’m willing to keep going. I ended up drinking two infusions of this tea while at work one day, and then saved it and took the next four infusions in a modified gong fu, all in one mug. There was no magical qi and nothing life changing, but I enjoyed it, so I consider it a success. I only used about 40% of the tuocha so I’m going to pass the rest of it to Stephanie so she can try it, and move on to the next pu in the flight.
Every journey starts with a single step, right?
Received one of these small ripe pu squares as a sample with a recent order. These squares should be up soon at white2tea.com, and I’ve already ordered a double on this. I don’t think the tea contains any chocolate, they just look like little candies because of the shapes, squares and little hearts ranging from 4 grams to 8 grams apiece. An order consists of a bunch of varied sizes.
I jumped on an order of these after giving the one sample a try, because I think this is a bit of benchmark history for puerh, a time when ripe puerh still contained some wild arbor or wild tea leaf. Camphor and a cooling finish indicates the trees grew near wild camphor bushes. The little bricks are dry-stored which will be good news for people who hate traditional storage. I can smell a bit of old paper smell, probably from paper wrappings or box storage, but I expect this to air out of the tea eventually.
Soup is brown and crystal clear. White2tea selections have been notable for me with clarity, I just haven’t yet had a murky tea from them. No chocolate flavor, but a nice smooth shu in a size I can take with me on travels and when I don’t feel like picking apart a cake. I plan to share a few of these with friends.
Got some photos of my little bricks and the brew on my blog at http://deathbytea.blogspot.com.
Flavors: Caramel, Paper, Tea, Wet Rocks, Wet Wood
Received this sheng puer tea as a sample with a recent purchase, but I don’t see it on the white2tea site at the moment. Perhaps it will be offered soon. Quite lucky to get a 10g sample of something older like this.
Loose compression of tea leaves, huang pian and sticks. Brewed up the full 10 grams in Yixing gongfu pot. Traditional wet storage, but not heavy, rinsed off with two rinses. Tea soup brewed up that lovely dark brown color we all want to see in our aged sheng. Got quite a bitter brew still, this tea has a lot of aging potential left, nowhere near flat nor tired. Very cooling on the finish, and I know that I’m tasting some of that old tree stuff that is hard to find nowadays. Two cups and surprisingly I got a heavy dose of caffeine, all too often aged sheng has nothing left of the caffeine and I start to yawn afterward but this baby had me up doing laundry and looking for lunch. Just those two cups and I can save the leaves for later. Dunno how many brews to go, but will find out!
More trouble I got up to and photos at http://deathbytea.blogspot.com
Flavors: Camphor, Caramel, Wet Earth, Wet Rocks