A very nice mild puerh. Delicious nutty and earthy notes linger in the early steeps. A very nice daily drinker that I’m glad I let mellow out for a couple of years.
“A very nice mild puerh. Delicious nutty and earthy notes linger in the early steeps. A very nice daily drinker that I’m glad I let mellow out for a couple of years.” Read full tasting note
“Sweet and smooth with hints of plumes. Nice Shu. Images and more at https://puerh.blog/teanotes/2015-old-reliable-w2t” Read full tasting note
“june 7/17 earthy, a bit mushroomy, sour, sweet at times. for the price this seems like a good daily drinker. probably update this tasting note in the future after ive got into this cake a bit more.” Read full tasting note
“One of my first ripes awhile back, it was an affordable introduction to shu. As expected in a budget tea it didn’t develop through steeps but there were no nasty surprises either, nothing to turn...” Read full tasting note
The 2015 Old Reliable Ripe Puer Tea is White2tea’s house blend.
The name says it all, a solid daily drinker ripe Puer tea that you can count on. An excellent combination of value and quality, the Old Reliable is a blend of several years of material, so despite being pressed in 2015, it is ready to drink now and will only continue to improve over the next few years. A smooth, sweet, thick ripe Puer tea with a classic Menghai character.
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My favorite ripe shou to date, this one is rich and creamy from start to finish. Definitely a solid daily drinker for anyone who would want to replace their coffee with tea. The flavor just keeps getting deeper and deeper for around 10 steeps, but I found that around 9-10 it started dying down a bit.
Flavors: Bitter, Cocoa, Coffee, Cream, Malt, Mushrooms, Vanilla, Wet Wood
Another solid ripe from w2t. I went heavier than I normally do on the leaf (I think I prefer to do this with shou) at 8g in 100mL. The dry leaf smelled musty and woody. After a rinse, there was still some wetness on the nose and a more aromatic woodiness – also a bit of sweet vanilla.
The first two steeps had just a tad bit of funkiness to the – not enough to put me off thankfully. They were also immediately thick and creamy, with sweet vanilla and dark cherry notes.
After those two steeps, the tea tasted nice and woody with a sweet finish – I tasted vanilla and tobacco. Not smoky, but like the smell when somebody is smoking sweet pipe tobacco. Sometimes it would be a little bit drying, but that aspect seemed to come and go at random. I did flash steeps for around seven infusions before I had to do longer ones. Got through around 10. Seems like shou is hardly worth drinking once it stops brewing up inky black for me.
Glad I got samples of w2t’s Shou. I think just getting a few samples is enough to satisfy my rare shou cravings though. I don’t see myself stocking up on cakes anytime soon.
Flavors: Cherry, Creamy, Sweet, Tobacco, Vanilla, Wood