6 Tasting Notes
Oh god I love this stuff. I received it from White2Tea tea club and left it to air out for weeks. When I finally decided to brew it, I was completely hooked. This semi-aged tea just hits the right spot with its honey sweetness, which lasts through the whole session. The beautiful golden liquor had a very smooth mouthfeel and I experienced very slight bitterness only in second steeps, but otherwise there was no bitterness at all. I will definitely order a cake of this later as I don’t have any of the tea club sample left. I need more.
Flavors: Honey, Smooth, Sweet
An inexpensive ripe puer classic from Xiaguan. I bought this tea long time ago but completely forgot that I had it. After rediscovering it, I have had couple of sessions with it and found it pretty nice ripe puer. First steepings were still pretty light, but after the start the tea expressed very nice smooth ripe puer aromas, which is exactly what you could expect from good ripe puer. Under the earthy and woody taste the tea had nice underlying sweetness with maybe hints of vanilla and cherry. The soup was nice and smooth and sometimes the mouthfeel was even somewhat buttery.
In the end this tuo was very enjoyable for its price. Really good contender for a daily drinker tea and I think I’ll buy more of this in the future, but maybe production from different year for comparative reasons.
Flavors: Earth, Wood
An interesting and inexpensive tea (one 357 g cake was 25$ when I bought it, now 35$) from Kokang, Myanmar/Burma. I have had this many times now and it certainly has very floral taste combined with bitterness. Personally I found that the best amount to brew this is about 7 or 8 grams in 130 ml gaiwan and then proceed with quick rinse, flash steep, 10 seconds steep, then 15s, 20s, 25s, 30s, 40s, 1 min and so on. The tea became too bitter for me when I used more than 8 grams of tea or had longer steeps.
When brewed well, the floral taste was enjoyable and is certainly the redeeming side of this tea. Additionally I also preferred the first steeps over middle ones, as the flavour felt to be little more floral and only slightly bitter.It will be interesting to see how this tea changes with age, but meanwhile I would recommend this if you prefer puer that tastes like your grandmas (bitter) flowerbed and want to experience something from unusual areas.
Flavors: Bitter, Floral
Inexpensive and and somewhat aged 2006 Feng Qing 7813 was one of my impulse purchases from YS, as it was (and apparently still is) inexpensive in its age group. I have had this few times now, and I steeped about 8-9 g tea in 130 ml gaiwan those times. Just like AllanK noted in his review, the start was not good at all, but later steeps brought out the better side of this tea. I got some mineral, tobacco and slightly floral flavours from the dark liquor and personally I found it somewhat off-putting.
As you might have noticed, personally I did not like this tea much, but it was still drinkable and far from the worst I’ve had . Maybe if you prefer a bit aged, but inexpensive tea, this might be for you, although in my opinion there are still many better teas even in this price and age range.
Flavors: Mineral, Tobacco
Excellent bargain from TuochaTea, one 250 g brick is just 8.50 USD! Made this one in 130 ml gaiwan, starting with two rinses. First brew was about 10 seconds, and the taste of was very clean, very smooth and pleasant. No bad tastes anywhere. The tea brew much sweeter gradually and last brews (9th to 11th) were very sweet, but not very strong otherwise. Nevertheless awesome bargain for its price, try it out!
I got this as part of January White2tea club package and I must say that it really surprised me positively. I must add that I’m not the biggest ripe puer fan, but still enjoyed this cake a lot.
The tea has really nice aroma of wood with sweetness and hints of tobacco. The taste stays mostly the same every steep albeit it becomes little sweeter over the time. There is no annoying du wei left as promised. It will be interesting to see how the taste develops over the time as promised.
Big plus for the wrapper art too, it fits the tea perfectly.
I really liked this tea and I’m pretty sure that will buy this next time when I order something from White2tea, since one 200g cake is only 14,50$, which I would call a great deal. Absolutely recommended, especially if you are planning to order something from White2tea and want something extra with your order, be sure to snag this tea.