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GREEEEN SHROOOOOM! The wrapper is super cool! Breaking off pieces from a mushroom was a little difficult.

This young sheng is delicate with vegetal, peachy and amber notes. Moderate amount of dryness in the later steeps. I’m going to stash my shrooms away and see how they taste in a few months.

I tried it cold brewed as well and it was interesting as it was really thick creamy texture that was very nice!

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/july-white2tea-club-with-2015-green-shroom-puer-tea-review/

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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89

I tried the shroom today. It was very interesting. After my first sipping, I thought it was very light and not very complex. I was sure I was going to be disappointed. But I really wanted another sip. And then another. I found it strangely addicting. It really grew on me. I think the addictive quality is a testament to the quality of the tea. The flavor got deeper and thicker, and it lasted a long while. It was bright and citrusy, with a perfect amount of bitterness. I enjoyed it very much.

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87

Wow. Tea club treated us well this month. This mushroom is awesome in every way. It’s very drinkable now, with very little astringency unless over-steeped. Early steeps are fruity and sweet balanced well with a twinge of young tea astringency. The net effect is a sweet citrus fruit, like a sweet orange/grapefruit. Later steeps are creamy, sweeter, and still a little citrus-y. Reminds me of a dreamsicle. It’s great and I’m hoping there are more of these going up for sale soon because I’d love to hoard it.

Flavors: Citrus, Creamy, Grapefruit, Sweet

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I had my first session with the ’shroom yesterday. I love the shape and the wrapper. I totally played Super Mario growing up. So fun!

I was eating apricots before I drank the first infusion, and the first sips of the tea totally made me salivate, making my mouth flood with juice. It was also a bit smoky. In the second steep, I noticed a spinach note that continued throughout my session. I’m not a huge fan of that note…as you probably have noticed I don’t drink much green tea, which tends to taste like spinach….but it didn’t bother me. There was a really nice thick, silky mouthfeel, especially in earlier infusions that kind of stole the show. I drank a lot of infusions. I totally thought I was going to stop until the next day, but after a break with some snacks, I returned to the tea to find it sweeten up nicely. I definitely felt a caffeine energy from this tea, but it didn’t kill my stomach, which is a plus! Overall, it’s a good tea, which is good, because I have 250g of it!

boychik

oh wow! so jelly cause my hubby didnt bring it to me. he said i have enough. i wish we had emojis here lol

Tealizzy

Oh man! That’s a bummer! I’m sure it will be just as good when you get back. I look forward to hearing how you like it! And yes, we totally need emojis here!

boychik

he will bring it next week or else … lol Next month i change the address, so August will come on time

Tealizzy

Lol! You tell him! ;)

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Please Read
Not knowing that this thing was 20g, I began steeping this realizing that I was in for one long ass session…
Roughly 60 ounces later I felt like I couldn’t move.
Then 15 more steeps came; who knows how many ounces I’m at now…

I am not sober and I don’t believe I can operate stairs…
http://postimg.org/image/68m6l74h5/full/

paxl13

Good lord, you did the same mistake I did… In how much water ?

paxl13

I drank the whole 20g in about 4h, I felt soo.. sooo bad afterward that I haven been brave to face it again :P

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I recently sampled this, gotta say that the quality is undeniable. Soup is thick, dark, sweet, reminiscent of decayed wood, mushrooms, and wild honey, and has a distinct mahogany finish.

Flavors: Decayed wood, Honey, Mushrooms, Oak wood

jschergen

Cool. I have a sample of this incoming. Looking forward to it!

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80

A nice tea, I love the strength and complexity of Dancong. Like all other Dancong oolongs, this tea is best brewed aggressively. Leaves should be piled high 3/4 of the Gaiwan, water should be boiling (or just below since the leaves are very green), and should be steeped at least 30s every time. I like my tea strong, but not bitter or burnt, so if you are open to trying this tea in different parameters, I promise you wont regret it. To discover and appreciate the nuances of Dancong tea give it a try! By the third steeping a strong fragrance of rose steamed off of the leaves and the liquor. The scent cup held a complex array of characteristics including melon, white sugar, and roses. The scent and flavor of the liquor was overtaken by floral notes. The color of the liquor was golden and it had a very full, satisfying flavor.

Flavors: Melon, Roasted, Rose

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This tea was included in the May monthly box. It is really different than any other black teas I’ve tried. There are potato and bread notes, but it has a spiciness that I’ve never found in any black tea before. Really interesting! I think there a bit of smoke as well, similar to a raw puerh smoke. It’s extremely affordable, so if you make an order, I’d recommend trying this one out!

boychik

Yea $5 for 50g . I just put on my order. I do like it

Tealizzy

I thought about getting more, but I just got a bunch of black teas from WP, so I held off for now.

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70

This doesn’t smell like much when dry. After a rinse steeping the wet leaves smell sweet, like honey graham crackers. I have been rising my ripe pu-erhs twice.

Aged shou rarely tastes like much to me. This one isn’t much different. It’s only a little sweet, a little nutty, a little creamy, and not fishy at all. It’s somewhat bland but still enjoyable. I enjoy this tea for soothing a raw throat.

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I finally got around to this tea tonight. Love the packaging and how it wraps up neatly with the paper pushed into the inside of the tuo. It looks really compressed but actually breaks apart quite easily. I used almost 8g in my Jian Shui pot from Crimson Lotus Tea. I LOVE my pot, btw.

It brews up a pretty nice reddish brown…more red than other shou I’ve had. I noticed smoke right off the bat in the aroma, and then in the taste. It’s lapsang-like smoke. Interesting! I’ve never had a shou that was smoky!

The smoke is not as dominant as it is in lapsang, but it’s fairly prominent, overshadowing any potential mustiness from being an older shou. Or maybe this doesn’t have mustiness and that 2000 CNNP I had was the exception. Who knows! It has a clean taste, with some sweetness too. There’s a refreshing aftertaste along with the smoke, like minty jerky. Ha!
I like it! It’s so unique! I wonder why this is only being made available to monthly club subscribers. Guess I’ll have to savor the rest of this tuo!

JC

Cool notes. I honestly just had mine, I let it air for a about a week before biting into to it. I got smoke from the wet leaves when I smelled them, but only a hint of smoke in the first two steeps. Did you let yours air a while?

I know you also have the 2000 CNNP Lincang that does have smoke to it, but you also bought it from the US site, which has a different storage, I might send you some of mine some day so you can let me know if you think there is any difference between the two.

Tealizzy

I think mine aired out for about a week and a half before I tried it. The smoke was light, but I think I detected it throughout my session. :)

I don’t have the 2000 CNNP anymore, as I put the rest of my sample in the TTB. I guess I need to update my cupboard. That would have been fun to do a side-by-side comparison though!

boychik

JC, i bought it from US, ze cake ;) would you like to compare ?

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Thank you for the sample Phi!

This is a soldly tasty black tea. Probably not something I will re-purchase because there are cheaper black teas that I enjoy even more but I am quite glad to have a chance to try this one! :D

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From the Sheng and Shou TTB.

I was excited to see this one in the box, after seeing all the reviews from all the folks who received it in one of the monthly subscription boxes from white2tea. This tea took awhile to open up and I started it late in the day, so I enjoyed it over a two-day period. In the beginning it was strong, savory, buttery, a little bitter, with a fair amount of tobacco smoke. The liquor is definitely a touch darker in color than young sheng, showing the little bit of age. The second day it sweetened up nicely and still had a good buttery texture. I liked it, but I wasn’t head over heels in love with it.

Brian

i read somewhere this tea is blended with the bigger sun leaves (forget the name) which are more mellow in the caffeine department. So this could be an alright tea to drink later in the day and not be up all night.

Tealizzy

Ya, I don’t think I noticed a huge energy from it. :)

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88

So I have thing for a few Pu-erh companies where everything they carry I want , and this company is one of them. I heard about “Often” and I couldn’t wait until I got some for myself. Finally this great day has come!

I got a generous chunk and gave the toucha piece a sniff. This had a subtle fruit and woodsy scent, but a little stone fruit too. I warmed up my yixing and placed this tightly bricked forest green chunk inside. The warmed pot gave off the aroma of camphor and pine. I washed the leaves and prepared to brew up a cup. The steeped leaves had a distinctive smoky tobacco scent. The flavor was wonderful! It carried the traditional grass and woodsy flavor with a little smoke. The undertones consisted of eucalyptus and a sugared mouth-feel. The qi was sneaky and took a while to creep up on me. Also, the leaves were so tightly blocked that it took about 10 steepings until they were fully released. This small amount kept for about 15 steepings at least. The flavor went from wooded and smoke to sweet and vegetal after about 7 steepings.

This is another win from this company, and I’m very happy to have been able to try this!

https://instagram.com/p/2LohERzGSy/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel

Flavors: Eucalyptus, Limestone, Stonefruits, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
kieblera5

woohoo :D

KiwiDelight

I’ve had few shengs but this is the second best one, personally (the first was from the previous Butiki TTB and it tasted unbelievably fruity).

mrmopar

Wait till you try the 2012 Bulang cake they have , KBD.

Haveteawilltravel

mmmm Bulang :)

OMara

I love your instagram and I love your tea reviews even more. Your descriptions are vivid and make me wish that I could raid your tea cupboard.

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Wow, this is a $600 cake! It is awesome that I get to try this through the tea club! I probably wouldn’t have tried it otherwise. I went with about half of the sample, roughly 6g. Two rinses and a steep, and the liquor is sweet and creamy, and light creamy yellow in color. In the second steep, I noticed a nice spicy tobacco aroma from the lid of the gaiwan, but I wasn’t yet picking it up in the taste. In the third steep, the spicy tobacco note started to come through in the taste…it was incredibly creamy. All I wrote for the fourth steep was “mmmmm”!

I actually stopped after several steepings, and let the leaf dry on a plate for another day. A large part was still stuck together in cake form!

I was able to enjoy more steepings two days later. It just kept going and going, getting sweeter and sweeter. I finally decided I needed another break, so put the leaf in the fridge to cold-steep. It’ll be interesting to see how that goes! Overall, this is a fantastic tea, and I’m so glad that I was able to try it through the tea club!

kieblera5

Can’t wait to try this one :)

KiwiDelight

Living high :)

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drank 2013 FT Feitai 7572 by White2Tea
1108 tasting notes

Thanks to my buddy BezoomnyChaiVeck for the sample :D

This is incredibly solid shou. Sweet and rich and very satisfying! Looks like this was a very good price too but is now sold out. I will remember for future reference that Feitai is good tea and 7572 is a nice recipe! :)

Cheri

I have a whole cake of this that I haven’t even broken into yet. I could send you some more, if you wanted.

Stephanie

Aww you should try it Cheri! :D

paxl13

7572 is the best recipe in ripe IMO :) and I’m the one who bought the last cake :)

AllanK

I have a cake of this I have yet to try. I will have to break it out soon.

Stephanie

Jelly pax!! I JUST missed you in chat too, I was at lunch :)

paxl13

I’ll come by later on today :) Cheers Steph!

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Wow! I havent had a sheng session in awhile and I just recently got this cake. I was very excited to get home from vacation, so I could brew some up. I’ve been waiting to try this companies products because I hear wonderful things about them. This was a wonderful brew!

I “picked” out a generous chunk and plopped this colorful cake in my yixing. The cake consists of yellow, green and silver leafy matter. The cake evokes a lemon spring scent in my warmed yixing pot. I knew that this would be a treat. I poured my boiling spring water over to wash this cake and allow it to unfold. The aroma of southern tobacco fields and the chinese lemon highway mingled within my tea room. The liquor was a pale citrine. The initial sip was incredibly sharp. The bitter flavor is a lot like spicy food. A well spiced dish shouldn’t make your stomach hurt and cause injury; rather, it should give a pleasing burning sensation and evoke your senses. This tea does exactly this. The bitter flavor causes your tongue to drawback. You can feel a tingling upon your tongue and a smooth mouth feel. The silk menthol flows throughout your body. The qi is powerful and immediately uplifting. This flavor keeps consistent for about four steepings. Then, this brew becomes honey sweet. This sugared flavor, which lingers in the back of your throat, follows you throughout the tea ceremony. This brew became sweeter and sweeter with each steep. The liquor remained thick well into the double digits steepings. I thoroughly enjoyed this brew, and I’m very grateful to have more for a later day!

https://instagram.com/p/1vKxmVTGdW/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel

Flavors: Lemon, Limestone, Menthol, Nectar, Stonefruits, Sweet, Tobacco

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
mrmopar

This is KBT and I am glad to have a few cakes thanks to one that split an order with me. I think this will get better and better with age on it.

Haveteawilltravel

KBT? I loved it and will defiantly be acquiring more.

mrmopar

KBT Kick Butt Tea. I even think Paul liked that nomer on it.

Haveteawilltravel

hahhahah Kick Butt Tea xP I might steal this acronym from ya ahah

mrmopar

Yeah no prob. Use it as you like just make sure it is KBT. :)

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83

stumbles onto Steepster tea-drunk
I’ve never had GFZ since I’m still learning all about the different puerhs.. Got this from the white2tea box this month. I don’t know how to describe this.. My first thought was that it tastes “clean.” I didn’t find any bitterness or astringency and it just makes me feel so good. :P It’s pleasant – that would be the best way to put this. I could definitely drink a gallon of this tea :)
Two five second rinses, then steeped for 10/15/20/25/30/45..

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 OZ / 100 ML
Stephanie

I need an orb!!! YUM

mrmopar

Paul’s finds can be “addictive”.

kieblera5

Definitely good, but too expensive for me to want more

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This is my first sheng from white2tea, and it came in the monthly club. I like the orb idea for convenience sake. My husband thought it was a Ferraro Rocher chocolate! Ha!

When I got it, I thought it weighed 10g, as advertised, and was going to split it in half because my gaiwan isn’t that big. I also normally use about 6g for a sheng session. Thanks to TheTeaFairy’s suggestion, I broke it in half by bending it with my fingers! But then I weighed it and decided that half an orb was too small, so I went with the whole orb anyway! It was actually around 8g.

I did two 5-second rinses and then steeped 10/15/20/25/35/45/60s and beyond! I actually had this over 2 days, which is the first time I’ve done that. I just spread the leaf out on a small plate and let it dry overnight and went back to it the next day and gave it a couple of rinses.

This is the thickest, most buttery mouthfeel sheng I’ve had. Really delicious! The liquor is a beautiful peach color. In the early steepings, it seemed more savory, with a touch of tobacco and vegetal astringency, but the buttery smoothness was dominant. The sweetness emerged early, by the third steep, and got stronger as the steepings progressed. The buttery mouthfeel lingered throughout. This was one of those everlasting gobstopper teas. I lost count of the infusions. The later ones had a juicy fruity sweetness with that buttery mouthfeel.

I must warn you, though, that it was a bit harsh on my stomach, and had an extremely energetic effect. I was pretty tea drunk and giggly on the first day. On the second day, my heart was pumping fast with only a couple steeps! I wasn’t sure whether it was just this tea, or whether it was because of the large amount of leaf. I really enjoyed it though, and would definitely consider picking one up in the future.

Brian

im sold. ill be trying mine this wknd

Tealizzy

Brian – Awesome! Enjoy!

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A sample of this tea came in a surprise package from Stephanie! Thank you! The little cube was about 9g, and my gaiwan isn’t that big, but I was able to break it in half. Yay!

It took a bit to loosen up. I did that trick where you let it sit a bit after the rinse. Always helps. Stephanie mentioned it tasted like library books, and I have to agree, not that I’ve ever eaten one. ;) It also has this really nice sweet taste, which was silky, like caramel. It stayed that way through an average number of infusions. It goes down nice and smooth. Mmm. I liked it a lot! Seems like a solid shou! Would definitely consider picking some up!

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About 2y ago, when I started daily drinking ripe puerh, the ‘gong-ting’ cakes were my favories. The are usually composed of the smallest leaves of all and not include any bigger leaves. This cake is composed only of gong-ting material. It is super good.

This morning I’ve used 7g for my 95ml gaiwan. It gave a really nice dark and creamy liquor. It still has a bit of bitterness and I would not call this a sweet ripe at all. Considering I don’t like sweet ripe, that is a good thing to me. The only thing I could say is that with all that time I’ve grown to love more bigger leaves ripe which are a little bit less one dimentional. This is by no mean a bad comment for this tea!

I’d recommend this tea to anyone that want to wet his feet in the world of ripe puerh! It is very good :D

Cheers

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 95 ML

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This is my… counts.. second sheng? Third, maybe? I found it to be really astringent.. But talking to Phi and Veck, they let me know that my temp was too low, so I’d really like to try this one again.. I’m still a super pu noob, so I have lots to learn!

Preparation
6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
mrmopar

I do this about 200 to 205f.

kieblera5

I had done 185.. I didn’t realize I was so far off until it was way too late

mrmopar

Just the learning curve. We have all been there for sure :P

Haveteawilltravel

I sooo have wanted to try this! It looks so good and I hear amazing things about it. Rather, White2tea in general. I’ve yet to have any of their products, someday hahah I’ll get a subscription.

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