2004 White2Tea Jingmai Big Tree Raw

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Dark Bittersweet, Floral, Raisins, Sweet
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 oz / 115 ml

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  • “Dry – Aged floral bitterness, wood with sweetness, very faint dried fruits, some medicinal notes, raisins, tamarind shell. Wet – Aged/slightly decayed wood but with a deep sweet fruit background,...” Read full tasting note
  • “This is a very nice straightforward tea – clean, creamy and sweet. Moderate compression; very attractive dry leaves which offer light floral notes to please the nose. The tea soup is a lovely...” Read full tasting note

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2004 White2Tea Jingmai Big Tree Raw 357g
The 2004 Jingmai Big Tree [Da Shu, 大树] is well on its way into mature age, but still retains the youthful floral fragrances associated with Jingmai. The material is bud heavy and the cake has a medium compression. Suitable for drinking now or further aging. An exceptional example of a middle-aged Jingmai mountain sheng.

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Dry – Aged floral bitterness, wood with sweetness, very faint dried fruits, some medicinal notes, raisins, tamarind shell.

Wet – Aged/slightly decayed wood but with a deep sweet fruit background, rich like dried dark fruits (raisins, dates, figs), dark sweet notes (molasses, caramel — the sweetness that inherently has a bitterness to it).

Liquor – Amber to reddish amber (Aromatic of dried fruits and bittersweet notes)

1st 3secs – Bittersweet woody and fruity, some bittersweet notes that resemble a very gentle tamarind with some shell pieces up front. It feels rather thick and as it goes down it is smooth and maintains the thick and rich notes with the same bittersweet-floral and woody note from the start.

2nd 3secs – Bittersweet floral/fruity and wood front that still somewhat resembles mellow tamarind(shell) to me which transfers to a richer/thicker body and notes and a lingering mouthwatering sensation. If well slurped it is more bitter up the front in a very pleasant and huigan enhancing way.

3rd 3secs – Bittersweet floral/fruity, woody front that transitions into the rich woody sweetness that resembles dried fruits such as raisins with a slightly herbaceous sweetness appearing as it washes down. Gentle camphor present.

4th 4secs – Bitter woody that becomes bittersweet woody with floral notes and a dried fruit background. As it goes down, it is still very smooth with apparent bitterness, combined with the rich dried fruit notes and hints of molasses.

5th 6secs – Bittersweet, wood, floral notes with apparent fruit background, the fruit and wood notes still combined continue to resemble a mellow/gentle tamarind note, it is almost an acidic fruit note. As it goes down, the liquor is very smooth with only minor astringency after it has completely washed down.

6th 7secs – Very similar to most previous steeps, some more astringecy seems to chime in, but still has that thick and rich body with plenty of that bitter to bittersweet note that keeps reminding me of a gentle tamaring note. The liquor continues to be aromatic.

7th 9 secs – Bitterness and bittersweet notes, wood, floral and fruits notes reappear with more energy again. After the liquor goes down the bitterness lodged in the throat and the huigan is very pleasant.

8th 10 secs – This one was cleaner steep with a bit weaker bitterness, but still very pleasant overall, mostly sweeter.

9th 14 secs – This one appears faded again in the bitterness aspects but still wears similar notes. Time for bigger steep time adjustments.

10th 25secs – Second wind; the bitter and bittersweet notes returned with most of its previous profile, a bit more floral and juicy than the richer and filling body it had before.

11th 35secs – Richer again, bittersweet as opposed to the weaker flat bitterness with less wood and more fruit notes. A very pleasant and lasting/lingering huigan.

12th 45secs – Still holding up for the most part, you can tell this one still has a few more steeps in it.

13th 1min – Returned some of the initial notes of bittersweet, plenty of floral and fruit with some astringency present. Very smooth still, specially in the 13th steep, it has some faded rich notes.

14th 1min 30secs – Good bittersweet notes, floral, some fruit and again astringency.

Final Notes
Very infusable, I feel like it has a perfect balance between the wood/floral/fruit bitterness with sweetness ratio. It has plenty of aged notes together with ‘I can age more’ character. This is not a complex tea, I didn’t get changes along the steeps, maybe something being more up front at times than others. I liked it a lot but this is also the type of tea that takes me two days to get through, not only because of the how infusable it is, but because it can be a bit boring after the 6-8th steep of the same notes. I would still recommend it.

Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Floral, Raisins, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

This is a great review. I’ve had a sample of this lying around for maybe six months. Every time I pick it up, something in me recoils from the greenness. It doesn’t look 10+ because of the dry storage, looks like just a couple years!


Hi Cwyn, yeah it does have a lot of green-youth to it still. I think it is part of what makes me think of tamarind when it combines with the sweet notes. I’ll probably revisit it later with a Yixing pot to see how it reacts to the clay.

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This is a very nice straightforward tea – clean, creamy and sweet. Moderate compression; very attractive dry leaves which offer light floral notes to please the nose. The tea soup is a lovely clear copper color (dark copper). This is a smooth tea with very little if any bitterness found underneath the dominant theme of sweetness. Little complexity, just an enjoyable sip with pleasant mouthfeel and aftertaste. For me the tea’s effect was quite calming and relaxing, in fact, it made me feel rather tired. Puerh from Jingmai has a reputation for being softer and lighter than Puerh from other tea growing regions and this tea lives up to that reputation.

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

I like a nice sweet raw. It is so weird how some seem to perk me up and others mellow me out. I guess it is the caffeine/theanine ratio? shrug


I think of chaqi as the energy or feeling you get from drinking the tea so that’s the way I look at this and other teas. Don’t know how many others feel this way but I think “sweetness” is sometimes confusing as we describe tea. For me, saying that a flavored tea is sweet is different from describing puerh as sweet. When I describe a puerh as sweet, it means that it is smooth, mellow, easy to drink; does not make me salivate the way something bitter or sour does. Sometimes I wonder if I might mislead others who are unfamiliar with puerh. Interesting to wonder about what puerh sweetness might mean to different palettes.


I definitely think of some straight teas as naturally “sweet” tasting. I like a sheng with a nice balance of sweetness to bitterness :)

But you’re right that it is very different than a flavored tea or a sugar sweetened tea of any kind!


Nice notes! I have yet to try this one, I’m waiting to receive my order from W2T, but I’m looking forward to it. I agree that ‘sweet’ in Puerh and non-flavored tea in general can be confusing to newcomers, but people get the handle of the description once they’ve been exposed to enough times to Puerh. One of my favorite ‘sweet’ Puerh are Spring Xi Kong :)


JC – I was sampling the W2T Jingmai in an effort to make a purchase decision. Haven’t decided yet so I’ll be curious to hear what you think of it. I agree on the XiKong teas. You refer to which Spring Xi Kong? TU, YS or another?

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