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drank 2017 Little O by White2Tea
2193 tasting notes

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It’s colder today than it has been recently, so I pulled out a pu’erh coin to try instead of making up an iced tea. I’ve been curious about this one for a while, so it seemed like the ideal opportunity. I haven’t tried a lot of chenpi; maybe only one or two at most prior to this one. Orange is a flavour that works really well with pu’erh in my book, though. I’m brewing this one western-style in my infuser, and I’ll probably stick with it most of the day.

Initially, it’s simply classic pu’erh; damp earth and wet wood. It’s so smooth, though, with the kind of texture that coats your mouth and really lingers – in the best possible way. There are some pithy orange notes from the third steep onwards, starting off fairly mild and building in intensity with successive steeps. It’s very much an orange rind kind of flavour, particularly to begin with, rather than softer, jucier orange flesh. It’s perhaps a little waxy-tasting at times, but I’ve no real complaints.

There isn’t too much variation with this one; it’s a solid performer through many, many steeps. I got tired of it before it got tired! I have another of these in my cupboard, but I’d not hesitate to purchase more in the future – maybe even a cake. Having said that, I rather like the coins for convenience, and they’d be great to travel with. Whatever works, I guess!

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s my latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.

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