2015 Old Reliable – Ripe Puer House Blend

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Plums, Smooth, Sweet, Bitter, Cocoa, Coffee, Cream, Malt, Mushrooms, Vanilla, Wet Wood, Cherry, Creamy, Tobacco, Wood, Earth, Loam, Rice, Roasted Nuts, Cedar, Spices, Wet Earth, Wet Moss, Wet wood, Caramel, Smoke
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 4 oz / 107 ml

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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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258 tasting notes

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.

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

Nice to see you’re still around! My last couple years have been spent burning off old tea stock that accrued at home, but I’m hoping to try and review some more new things this year.


Hey, you too! I’m also currently in burning off stock mode. It has to be done.

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126 tasting notes

Sweet and smooth with hints of plumes. Nice Shu.
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Flavors: Plums, Smooth, Sweet

8 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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37 tasting notes

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.

6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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82 tasting notes

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 off a newbie to puerh. :-)

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11 tasting notes

A solid, smooth ripe. Nothing wild, not as creamy or sweet as some pricier shou’s, but consistently balanced and relatively long-steeping.

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 11 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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10 tasting notes

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

1 tsp

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12370 tasting notes

Sample from Christina i figured i’d try this one out today. I’m only a few steeps in on this but the general feeling i’m getting from this one is that it’s a decent enough every day puerh. There isn’t a lot of complexity to this one, but it’s a solid shu. slightly earth, smooth, tasty.

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485 tasting notes

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

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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63 tasting notes

um…pretty blah. dark colored water. no flavors, no body, no aftertaste, just…dark colored water. Is there a silver lining? There’s no off flavors, nothing bad. So I guess that’s good? Glad its inexpensive.

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266 tasting notes

I think the best way to describe Old Reliable is that it is a “generic shou puerh” in the best possible sense. Basically a good quality everyday puerh that I think is summed up in its name of Old Reliable house blend. A simple puerh for when you just want a decent plain puerh to enjoy.

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