2005 Aged White Tea Zhenghe

Tea type
White Tea
Ingredients
White Tea
Flavors
Smooth, Spices, Wood, Autumn Leaf Pile, Berries, Cinnamon, Flowers, Fruity, Honey, Vanilla
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Caffeine
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 6 oz / 188 ml

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  • “This tea is so beautiful, I have quite enjoyed it. I got about 7 or 8 steeps gong fu style in a Sama Doyo. The last few steeps were 5-10 minutes long. Really tried to stretch this one out because...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I boiled up a session with this tea for my daughter and her boyfriend this last weekend, 5g tea, 500ml water, boiling in a small pot. I try to keep the boil low so that too much water does not boil...” Read full tasting note
  • “Following up on my comparitive tasting from last week I wanted to drink this tea by itself. As W2T gave a pretty good sample size I decided I would brew it lightly tonight and then probably do a...” Read full tasting note
    84
  • “This is a tea from the White2Tea subscription box. It is to say the least an interesting tea. It is by no means the best tea I have had nor is it the worst. It is the only aged white tea I have...” Read full tasting note

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25 tasting notes

This tea is so beautiful, I have quite enjoyed it.

I got about 7 or 8 steeps gong fu style in a Sama Doyo. The last few steeps were 5-10 minutes long. Really tried to stretch this one out because it is so lovely.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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54 tasting notes

I boiled up a session with this tea for my daughter and her boyfriend this last weekend, 5g tea, 500ml water, boiling in a small pot. I try to keep the boil low so that too much water does not boil away.

This session I boiled the leaf for 10 minutes (the soup was not red enough for me after 5) and poured off 250ml which I replaced with fresh water and reboiled. I repeated this several times, increasing the boiling time like 15, 20, 25 min. Even after the 4th boiling this tea was still making fairly dark soup but we had to knock it off by that point and I was not ashamed to discard the leaves.

Flavors: Smooth, Spices, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 5 g 17 OZ / 500 ML

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Following up on my comparitive tasting from last week I wanted to drink this tea by itself. As W2T gave a pretty good sample size I decided I would brew it lightly tonight and then probably do a heavier brew and a boiling session. Tonights light sesh used about 2 grams in my 70 ml gaiwan. This tea is balanced and delicate. Early notes show signs of white flowers (white peony), honey, paper, and a clean grain/malt note. This develops into a medium bodied brew which has all of the above attributes with a nice finish of berries and a hint of dark fruit sweetness. There is an additional flavor of autumn leaves and a bookish-ness to it. Hints of baking spice fade in and out. The finish is clean and sweet and slowly goes in and out for a few minutes. The energy of this tea is very pure and uplifting. This is very clean tasting for an 11 year old tea. While it doesn’t draw mean in the way the 2008 shoumei did, this tea is a very clean and well stored aged white that requires a lot of attention but can be quite rewarding.

2/25 update
Been drinking this a lot this week as I’ve been very tired upon getting home from work and this has a good hit of caffiene/ uplifting qi. I tried brewing it heavier today, about 5g in my 70ml gaiwan. While the aroma was heavily amplified I found the character of the brew to be completely different. It was wood with a lot of foliage flavors and some vanilla and cinnamon here and there, but the berry like fruit notes turned into more of an oxidized fruit flavor in the vein of what you find in some Oriental Beauty oolongs. The body was much thicker as well, which I expected. The finish was less sweet but was longer and more pronounced with a hint of fruity acidity. No bitterness or astringency. I tried a few brews at a lower temp as well, these came out with a more pronounced acidity and a more forward fruitiness – really enjoyable.

I think my original 2g to 70ml produced a more nuanced and balanced brew, but the 5g/70ml was a full bodied brew that fits the winter season. The lower temp brews provided some interesting insight into how much this tea can change by adjusting a parameter or two.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Berries, Cinnamon, Flowers, Fruity, Honey, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 g 2 OZ / 70 ML

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1758 tasting notes

This is a tea from the White2Tea subscription box. It is to say the least an interesting tea. It is by no means the best tea I have had nor is it the worst. It is the only aged white tea I have tried. It was very smooth. There was no bitterness or astringency to it. I am not entirely sure how to describe the main note of this tea. It was somewhat sweet. The thing that comes to mind is if you could take whiskey and remove all the kick from it and the alcohol too it might taste like this. That is the best description I can think of. I didn’t add sugar to this tea but was thinking about it. Next time I drink it I may try western brewing it and adding sugar. It does not matter if I recommend this tea or not as you can’t buy it anyway.

I steeped this tea ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 5.3g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. If this tea was available for sale I don’t think I would be impressed enough to buy more of it. It did last well through ten steeps. And it was darker i color than any white tea I have had.

Preparation
Boiling 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
Cwyn

Striking observation, the image of whiskey with the alcohol removed is a good sensory analogy. Lately many of your observations such as this one have been sticking with me as I’m drinking various teas.

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