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Rince (2-3s)

1st (2-3s)
Oh so light and incredibly sweet, this is a really nice your puer.
Slight vegetal notes that are very pleasant, very light. This might be the tea to reconcile me with young puers ! pleasant earthiness, although I sense some bitterness coming.
2nd (5s, 90C)
Some astringency on the front that will cause me to probably let my water cool down to 90C, For now however, it is still an excellent young puer, I’m getting tobacco and smoked meat.
3rd (10s, 90C)
The astringency doesn’t evolve as badly as I thought, we’re getting more of that delicious smoked meat and tobacco.
4th (15s, 95C)
Going to 95C with this one.
A bit more woody. Overall the same flavors, and I expect this to be a generous tea, giving us probably about 11-12 very good steeps.

- Flavor Complexity: 25/30 – Great Complexity, a very full tea with a lot to offer !
- Brewing Forgiveness: 13/20 – Definitely forgiving, though I wouldn’t expect it to hold well to anything other than gong fu style and Near-boiling temperatures.
- Consistency Across Infusions: 20/20 – This is a very consistent tea !
- Overall Enjoyment: 22/30 – A very enjoyable young puer, I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did, I definitely recommend it, got 50g in the 2024 w2t tea club !

Flavors: Meat, Oak, Smoked, Tobacco

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Sipdown & Backlog

It was raining on Saturday, so I was in the mood for something warming—such as a shou, or something similar—and this was sitting on the sipdown pile. It wasn’t as heavy as a shou would’ve been, but it was good for a not-too-hot, not-too-cold day. I noted “nutty, very little warming affects to the body, & good for a warmer day; prefer shou on a cooler, rainy day” I didn’t note a rating, but Saturday seems ages ago, now, so I don’t remember my overall thoughts.

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I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this tea, but I found the mouthfeel surprisingly quite soft with early steeps leaning a little sweeter and made up of tasting notes that made me think of peach or apricot flavoured cotton candy. The undertones are a little more vegetal and this becomes most apparent in the edamame-heavy finishing notes, which also had a lightly metallic tasting mineral note. As the session progressed, the flavours seemed to shift until this was more veg than sweet spun sugar – though the mouthfeel stayed a consistent, satin-like texture throughout. Though maybe a little too vegetal for my own tastes, I did feel like this was a very gentle way to ease into the day and the tea overall was quite approachable feeling. I would be soooo curious to hear from anyone else who has tried this sheng though, since my experience with this session feels pretty at odds with how W2T describes the tea…

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C61OOH7O75V/?img_index=1

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz3-AvEoSPw

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I got the mini version of this one

85C, 10s wash:

1st (10s):
White wine color, Very superficial first steep, Wool, Musty; without much definition it’s hard to say
2nd (15s):
The mustiness now is complimented by a very very subtle sweetness that only appears in the aftertaste. Just as subtle is an earthiess you can only get by really taking your time while drinking
3rd (20s):
I’m saddened because I don’t have the necessary vocabulary to describe what i’m tasting, I guess the closest thing would be a very pungent meat, wet wool, something along those lines. No bitterness though
4rd (25s):
This is the same as the 3rd steep and I expect this specific taste to persist even during further steeps.
5th (30s):
Well, that’s what I thought, it didn’t change and probably won’t.

Nothing exceptional about this tea, that’s too bad.

- Flavor Complexity: 10/30 – The tea lacked distinctive or exceptional flavors.
- Brewing Forgiveness: 14/20 – The tea’s flavor did not evolve significantly with different steeping times.
- Consistency Across Infusions: 15/20 – The tea was consistent, but consistently unimpressive.
- Overall Enjoyment: 10/30 – The tea was drinkable but not enjoyable or exciting.

Flavors: Musty

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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After much anticipation, I’ve finally had the chance to dive into white2tea’s 2020 Nightlife. Here’s my take on it:

Brewing Details:

Vessel: 120mL gaiwan
Tea Amount: 5 grams
Water Temperature: 95°C
Tasting Notes:

1st Infusion (10s): The tea presents a golden hue with subtle hazelnut notes. The flavors haven’t quite defined themselves yet.

2nd Infusion (15s): The liquor shifts from amber to copper, revealing sweetness reminiscent of caramel candy. It leaves a pleasant lingering taste, making this maybe one of the best white teas I’ve ever had.

3rd Infusion (20s): The color deepens to a rich copper. Unfortunately, this is where the tea begins to lose its charm for me. The caramel that dominated initially moves to the background, and I sense a hint of bitterness beginning to emerge, though it’s not yet overpowering.

4th Infusion (25s): As the tea cools, the anticipated bitterness softens, though the sweetness also starts to fade.

5th Infusion (30s): The brew turns a lovely shade of mahogany, with no bitterness in sight. It returns to the delightful caramel and hazelnut profile of the second steep.

6th Infusion (35s): Still mahogany in color, the sweetness begins to wane once more. It seems like this cycle may continue until around the 11th infusion, but there seems little more to discover beyond this pattern.

Definitely worth a shot if you’re curious about flavors that evolve slowly here and there, this is most definitely a higher-class white tea and it tastes like it, just don’t go for any temperatures lower than 95C, I feel like the tea suffers from terrible bitterness at that temperature. Overall, it’s got its moments of brilliance, especially early on.

- Flavor Complexity: 25/30 – Offers a delightful range of flavors, particularly in the early steeps.
- Brewing Forgiveness: 15/20 – Can become bitter if brewed incorrectly, but generally performs well with proper care.
- Consistency Across Infusions: 15/20 – The flavors evolve but maintain a coherent profile.
- Overall Enjoyment: 20/30 – Highly enjoyable in initial infusions, but becomes predictable and less exciting.

Flavors: Caramel, Caramelized Sugar, Hazelnut

205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Pronounced chocolate milkshake taste with floral and fruity notes shining through. Very unique. One of my favourite teas.

Flavors: Charcoal, Fireplace, Floral, Fruity, Honey, Milk Chocolate, Roasty

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 2 OZ / 70 ML

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Grandpa Style!

I recently saw somewhere describe the flavour as red and fruity like lingonberry jam, and that really caught my attention. I have to agree that there’s something to the top notes of this ripe pu’erh that are quite bright and jammy with a wonderfully unique and tart red fruit note. To me it’s a bit more like red currant, but I can 100% see the lingonberry comparison. The rest is thick but very, very smooth and clean with both a brothy earthiness as well as a sweet yet still umami nuttiness. Like a walnut or a brazil nut, with a nice buttery finish.

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C6ewXq7O0Z0/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJTtYiphfHk

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Tangy redberry shou. Lingonberry jam on walnut bread. Raspberry dark chocolate ganache. Cranberry sauce with chocolate-chip pancakes. Surprisingly light, clean, and tangy, with an aftertaste like faint cranberry juice. Somehow Christmassy. I bet this would age beautifully… I should get a cake…

Flavors: Cranberry, Dark Chocolate, Raspberry, Red Currant, Walnut

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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drank Millstone by white2tea
176 tasting notes

From the W2T club (not sure which – Feb or Jan)

There are not a lot of notes regarding this one. I wanted to believe that it was going to amaze me, but it fell short. There’s not a lot of flavor and a slight leathery note in the back of the throat (aftertaste). Otherwise, it’s nothing too special.

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Y’all already know the deal at this point; I’m basically predisposed to love almost any tea that’s been smoked. Shou pu’erh just makes so much sense though with its bolder, earthy flavours and rich body. This one was surprisingly smooth, with heavy notes of petrichor, decaying forest undergrowth, and umami broth. The finish was the most smoked tasting, like licks of flame running throughout a densely wooded forest. From memory, it’s a little tough to recollect how this compares to W2T’s two other smoked ripe pu’erhs, but I want to say this is both the smoothest and the woodiest. Definitely one I’m happy to have added to my stash of smoked teas!!

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C5l1dauOG-a/?img_index=1

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANI19GbLOAY

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drank 2023 Snoozefest by white2tea
18 tasting notes

An alright daily drinker. Some fruit in the aroma, but the taste is more vegetal and slightly creamy. Decent upfront sweetness, some minerality, leaves a slight vegetal bitterness. Not particularly complex or interesting, but it does deliver a clean modern raw pu-erh with a decent caffeine punch at a good price. Just don’t expect it to taste like a 40$ cake!

Flavors: Fruity, Mineral, Sweet, Vegetal

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drank 2021 Fox Down by white2tea
536 tasting notes

Sipdown. Sample?
I really wish I would have tried this earlier. It’s sold out and I can’t order any.
So good. Honey and smooth, but I wish I could have more of it to drink.

Flavors: Honey

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drank peach black by white2tea
536 tasting notes

Sipdown. Tea club
I did not like this tea all that much, which is unfortunate because I usually like white2tea’s black teas. I drank this western style for the entire 50g bag.
Faint peach flavor. Very easy to over steep, sometimes woody. Not a very robust tea and easy to make unpleasant. When it was a decent cup, it didn’t have a lot of flavor.

Flavors: Peach, Woody

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drank Borderline Hong by white2tea
536 tasting notes

Sipdown. Pretty sure this was from the White2Tea club. I liked it, but I don’t have solid flavor notes from it, more feelings. Warm, comforting, slightly sweet.

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I had this mini sitting in the sample pile for sipdowns, etc. I held off for a while to give this a try. I can’t recall when I had received it, but here we are…I had continued this in the wee hours of Saturday. I hadn’t slept very well (my dreams have been strange lately. I’ve been having “what if” dreams where I went into different fields of study during college and the type of careers I could’ve had, had I chosen an alternative field during college. I’ve also been dreaming of old friends, etc.) and I decided that the best time to wake up, despite having gone to bed after work around 01:00, was at 05:30. After hitting the tea some more, I realized my error, sipping on an empty stomach. I quickly tossed back a fruit smoothie and finished off the leaf.

To my surprise – there sat a little tea being, sharing their own bowl. Perhaps my imagination got the best of me or perhaps there are ‘tea people’ who wait their whole lives to venture into their own cup. Luckily, I was there to capture the moment.



Love the image!


I thought it was an interesting scene!


I love it! What a wonderful little tea companion…I bet you miss him.


They will be forever remembered in that cuppa!

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It’s been a hot moment since I’ve done this, so I thought I’d do a “Teas I Drink In A Day” roundup a few days ago – no theme. Just whatever I wanted to drink.

I ended up making this as a Western style cup which is something I don’t typically do with W2T’s heicha or, really, any heicha for that matter. I enjoyed the mug a lot though. It was surprisingly very smooth with a more medium body. The flavour had a bit of a pleasant funky and green sweet grass undertone and a nip of spice, but otherwise I kept think about how it mostly tasted like raw/unprocessed dark chocolate and peanuts. Not the first time I’ve gotten that chocolate and nut combo from a heicha – it’s one I enjoy a lot!

Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/C5RdiYtuAuR/?img_index=1 (First Pic)

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2enYNQi7vk

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drank 2022 Lumber Slut by white2tea
17 tasting notes

Eating walnuts in a hot sauna. Brewed strong, there’s nice cocoa and saline as well.

The dry leaf fragrance is an antique oak cabinet, a cedar chest full of clean cotton sheets, pine 2×4s, an arts and crafts store, paints and paintbrushes, and a wooden staircase to the attic in an old house.

A lot of raw, fresh, sweet wood. Also some mushroom and dried, brown grass clippings.

The wet leaf aroma: sauna, hot steamed cedar wood, acorns and cracked black walnuts. Very woody, but not dusty or bitter at all. It has a nice comforting sweetness to it, like freshly cut oak planks.

The taste is of black walnuts, cocoa powder, silky saline, charred oak casks, cedar chips, and wood vanillins.

Flavors: Black Walnut, Cedar, Cocoa, Oak, Saline

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Grandpa Style!

Though I’ve been trying to be more restrained in the amount of compressed cakes I’m buying, I couldn’t resist grabbing one of each of white2tea’s new smoked teas along with a handful of their mini counterparts. This tea order smelled incredible the moment I opened it up, with just a beautiful whispy smoke aroma permeating the air. Though I’ll wait for the cakes to settle, I couldn’t resist brewing up on of the 2024 Great Blue Heron minis in the meantime – I’ve been a big fan of W2T’s other smoked sheng productions so it was an easy first choice.

My first impression of this tea was that it’s quite bold and nippy, with an intense smoke aroma that reads quite heavily of pipe tobacco, oak wood, and peat with greener, more herbal undertones that make me think of smudging. It’s quite astringent, but not particularly bitter. I found myself appreciating the burly texture. I kind of wanted to be drinking it from a rocks glass; there’s just an overall “parlor room” vibe to the tea that practically begs to be accompanied by cigars and whisky. Not for everyone, for sure, but so up my alley.

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C4_kRBiu834/?img_index=1

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdEtnnzxcwk

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I was brewing this late on Saturday evening while playing video games. I maybe had 3-4 infusions and was enjoying the session, however, I stopped shortly after the last steep. I needed to give my full attention to Helldiver II’s Titans and lost track of tea. Jump to 45-60 minutes later and I get back to the leaf. Before brewing this further, I had placed the idea into my head that this was a tea from earlier and the leaf was spent, so I tossed this into the waste bowl. But wait! I found the wrapper sitting on the tea table and realized my mistake.

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I haven’t finished the session yet. I’ve made it to the 5th infusion and wanted to make a note before pushing this opportunity back any further. I usually read a book and have tea before heading into the office for the evening on Tuesdays.

I will note that my fondness for Lapsang has taken a temporary step aside these days. Smoked puerh? I had assumed I’d face the same problem on account that I’ve avoid smoked teas as much as possible. However, upon drinking this, I had forgotten that I really find a smoked puerh quite fascinating! It’s less aggressive, while maintaining a strength in smokiness. It’s comparing burnt wood or BBQ (Lapsang) to burnt honey or sugar (smoked puerh). They each have their place and time, but definitely something I don’t indulge in too often.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Smoke, Sweet

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I am laughing at my tasting notes on this review because the “aroma” at the start of the session compared to the end of the session were waaay different from each other.

Notes: Aroma reminded me of piss and roasted peanuts. I had hoped it wouldn’t’ve tasted like piss (whatever piss tastes like, I do not care to know). After the second infusion, that piss note had left the pot. End explicit content. This tea tasted slightly burnt, but it turned out to be pleasant after the 3rd infusion. I noted that the tea had more of a toasted walnuts and a charcoal flavor profile after steep #3. It was a warming tea and wasn’t necessarily my favorite from the February club.

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drank 2023 941 Mini by white2tea
15787 tasting notes


This afternoon, I’m sipping down a 2023 941 sheng pu’erh mini from @white2tea that was added as a free sample to one of my orders this past year! I have a cake of, I believe, the 2022 production of this raw pu’erh and though I’ve only steeped it a few times I recall really enjoying the soft and sweeter taste and texture. It’s one of those “nail on the head” teas in regard to appealing to my penchat for Yiwu productions.

From memory, this mini is expectedly quite similar with a really gentle overall profile and light notes of dewy fresh pears, snow peas, and a mellow grassy and hay-like midsip that anchors the orchard fruit and cooling vegetal notes. Almost a creamy finish, especially in the late session. However, as most of the more sugary notes sit in the front half of the sip, it’s a creamy tail end that lacks sweetness. If I didn’t have a cake of the 2022 material I could totally see myself adding a few more minis of this to my next order…

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/C4TsxeGO7s7/?img_index=1

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l81HZfkLwpk

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