Got to have flapjacks for breakfast, right? It was also an easy thing to pull out this morning, so maybe just call me lazy. I’m happy to be on safe ground with a ripe pu’erh, though; somehow I just feel like I know where I am with those. Raw is still a little scary!

This one is pretty much as I’d hoped. It’s on the sweet side right from the first sip, with some really prominent and distinctive dried date notes. There’s very little earthiness; mostly, this seems to be about rich sweetness and dark, dried fruit flavours. It reminds me a little of sticky toffee pudding, without the sauce! In texture terms, it’s really smooth and almost oily; it feels like it ought to leave a residue, but fortunately doesn’t.

This one’s really easy to drink, and pleasingly different from most of the ripe pu’erhs I’ve tried recently. It holds up well, too, as you’d expect. I’m still loving the coin format (like I said, I’m lazy), and I feel like I might have found my pu’erh happy place in White2Tea.

I’m on holiday for 2 weeks at the beginning of July, so some of these might come with me. I’m not sure how I’m going to manage my challenge during that time; either take a break or carry enough samples and note everything down, I suppose. TBD! For the moment, I’m going to go back to enjoying this one.

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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.


Norfolk, UK

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