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drank 2015 Poundcake by White2Tea
486 tasting notes

I made sure to pick up a sample of this tea with my first W2T order, because I had heard a lot of good things about it in the online tea community.

If ever there was a dessert tea, this is it. Crazy sweet flavor, but not overpowering. I thought at first that the flavor was a bit light, but then decided it wasn’t light, but was pretty subtle. The texture was anything but light – thick and oily to begin with, after which it came across as more of a milky/creamy taste/texture. I think I got a little bit of floral flavor from a few steeps, but mostly the sweetness was from your more sugary/sweet type of stuff – particularly honey (mostly in the early steeps), vanilla and burnt sugar. In the later steeps, i also got a kind of honey-nectar type of flavor that was pretty good. This was around the same time it started to acquire a slight mouth-drying effect as well.

I was able to get about 10 good infusions out of this one, which is actually a little less than I expected (maybe I’m just greedy). I did enjoy this for its milky sweetness, but I think I prefer the Little Walk cake (I think they make an alright comparison, as they’re both predominantly sweet shengs). So, this was good, but not one I need to order a cake of.

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Creamy, Floral, Honey, Milk, Nectar, Sweet, Thick, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Daylon R Thomas

I really wanted to try that one myself, but always hesitate because of shipping.

Matu

Yea…I got free shipping on my first order by ordering the Raw Basics set with it. It makes it seem that it’s only worth it to make an order if you make a pretty big order. If you wanted to get just a few samples, you could maybe make a discussion post and see if you could piggyback on somebody’s order or something then have them ship it to you.

Daylon R Thomas

A lot of my friends have tried it on here and have liked it. I thought that I’ve asked one of them for it before, but I could be wrong. I’ve bugged a lot of people with questions on it and I have gone back and forth on whether I want it because it’s a pu-erh. I would not want more than ten grams of it since I already have so much tea. Again, something that I can easily do in the discussions.

Daylon R Thomas

BTW, what time periods and geographic areas do you like the most in archaeology? I was an anthropology major myself with a focus more on classical civilizations like Egypt, Rome and Greece.

Matu

Oh, are you not a huge pu-fan? Yea, maybe you could just swap somebody for a bit of it or something.

And that’s cool! I did take quite a few classes focused on the Classics, but I was most interested in Early Middle Ages, particularly England and Scandinavia. I wrote my 60-something page senior thesis (definitely more of a history paper than an anthro paper) on Alfred the Great.

Daylon R Thomas

More like a biography…unless you include the details about his burial.

I’m really picky with Pu-Erh’s. I used to like how similar they were to black coffee, but over time I started to lean towards lighter teas like Silver Needles and Taiwan Jade Oolongs. LP was able to change that with his blends and the 2011 Bang Wei he had me sample. That is one of the few ones I like, and it is a Raw with some good Cha Qi. I Gong Fu it in small gramage though-at 1-2g per 3 ounces. The astringency is cut down for me allowing some enjoyment of the green tea like apricot sweetness and grassiness.

My seminar paper was a history paper for early Roman history, and much shorter. It was 20 pages analyzing imperialism in Rome’s relationship to Ptolemaic Egypt.
Daylon R Thomas

Also, I live in Michigan too.

Matu

Gotcha. I like that 2011 Bang Wei a lot too. I usually brew quite a bit heavier, like 7g to 100-120mL.

I guess my paper was pretty biographical. It was to get departmental honors in History, not Anthro, hence the focus. The main covering points were the policies and changes during his rule that had an impact on the British monarchy after him. You can skim it if you’re interested: http://commons.emich.edu/honors/459/

Your paper sounds pretty interesting. I have always sort of wanted to learn more about Egypt, but I never took any classes that covered its history other than the relatively brief details we went into in my Roman history course, and I haven’t done much of any reading on it.

Whereabouts in the mitten do you live?

Daylon R Thomas

The history is so extensive. I can only name a few major pharoahs, with me knowing more about Akenaten, Nefertiti, and Tutankhamun. Of course that comes from my obsession with Howard Carter and Zahi Hawass. And the many Hollywood movies inspired by the excavation of Tut’s tomb. As for the Ptolemaic Egypt, the social structure is very different from older periods under native kings. The Greeks essentially colonized Egypt after Alexander’s conquest adapting Egyptian government and economics to their own, while superseding over native Egyptians into upper classes while the Egyptians are lowered in status-save a few priests. I started to think that Roman imperialism was influenced in part by Alexander’s legacy and the imperialism inherent in the Ptolemaic dynasty.

And I live in the knuckle of the thumb, Port Huron. Also an MSU student.

Matu

MSU? Ewwww ;)

Yea, definitely something I want to read more about. Would you recommend works from Carter and Hawass (if there are any)? Others?

Daylon R Thomas

I haven’t read any truly academic publications by either. Not sure what Carter wrote other than what’s in his diaries and Hawass has published several books.

Carter died in 1939, so the work that I know of is his diary, his excavations, and some of his part time collecting. His methodologies would be different than ours, and he was an artist before he was an archaeologist. I think that a lot of his formal training was through experience, and well, connections.

As for Dr. Zahi Hawass, he’s done a lot of work on Tutankhamun himself and Khufu’s family. Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs is good, but it’s an exhibit companion with more analysis of the artifacts into a coherent narrative. The photography is awesome.

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Daylon R Thomas

I really wanted to try that one myself, but always hesitate because of shipping.

Matu

Yea…I got free shipping on my first order by ordering the Raw Basics set with it. It makes it seem that it’s only worth it to make an order if you make a pretty big order. If you wanted to get just a few samples, you could maybe make a discussion post and see if you could piggyback on somebody’s order or something then have them ship it to you.

Daylon R Thomas

A lot of my friends have tried it on here and have liked it. I thought that I’ve asked one of them for it before, but I could be wrong. I’ve bugged a lot of people with questions on it and I have gone back and forth on whether I want it because it’s a pu-erh. I would not want more than ten grams of it since I already have so much tea. Again, something that I can easily do in the discussions.

Daylon R Thomas

BTW, what time periods and geographic areas do you like the most in archaeology? I was an anthropology major myself with a focus more on classical civilizations like Egypt, Rome and Greece.

Matu

Oh, are you not a huge pu-fan? Yea, maybe you could just swap somebody for a bit of it or something.

And that’s cool! I did take quite a few classes focused on the Classics, but I was most interested in Early Middle Ages, particularly England and Scandinavia. I wrote my 60-something page senior thesis (definitely more of a history paper than an anthro paper) on Alfred the Great.

Daylon R Thomas

More like a biography…unless you include the details about his burial.

I’m really picky with Pu-Erh’s. I used to like how similar they were to black coffee, but over time I started to lean towards lighter teas like Silver Needles and Taiwan Jade Oolongs. LP was able to change that with his blends and the 2011 Bang Wei he had me sample. That is one of the few ones I like, and it is a Raw with some good Cha Qi. I Gong Fu it in small gramage though-at 1-2g per 3 ounces. The astringency is cut down for me allowing some enjoyment of the green tea like apricot sweetness and grassiness.

My seminar paper was a history paper for early Roman history, and much shorter. It was 20 pages analyzing imperialism in Rome’s relationship to Ptolemaic Egypt.
Daylon R Thomas

Also, I live in Michigan too.

Matu

Gotcha. I like that 2011 Bang Wei a lot too. I usually brew quite a bit heavier, like 7g to 100-120mL.

I guess my paper was pretty biographical. It was to get departmental honors in History, not Anthro, hence the focus. The main covering points were the policies and changes during his rule that had an impact on the British monarchy after him. You can skim it if you’re interested: http://commons.emich.edu/honors/459/

Your paper sounds pretty interesting. I have always sort of wanted to learn more about Egypt, but I never took any classes that covered its history other than the relatively brief details we went into in my Roman history course, and I haven’t done much of any reading on it.

Whereabouts in the mitten do you live?

Daylon R Thomas

The history is so extensive. I can only name a few major pharoahs, with me knowing more about Akenaten, Nefertiti, and Tutankhamun. Of course that comes from my obsession with Howard Carter and Zahi Hawass. And the many Hollywood movies inspired by the excavation of Tut’s tomb. As for the Ptolemaic Egypt, the social structure is very different from older periods under native kings. The Greeks essentially colonized Egypt after Alexander’s conquest adapting Egyptian government and economics to their own, while superseding over native Egyptians into upper classes while the Egyptians are lowered in status-save a few priests. I started to think that Roman imperialism was influenced in part by Alexander’s legacy and the imperialism inherent in the Ptolemaic dynasty.

And I live in the knuckle of the thumb, Port Huron. Also an MSU student.

Matu

MSU? Ewwww ;)

Yea, definitely something I want to read more about. Would you recommend works from Carter and Hawass (if there are any)? Others?

Daylon R Thomas

I haven’t read any truly academic publications by either. Not sure what Carter wrote other than what’s in his diaries and Hawass has published several books.

Carter died in 1939, so the work that I know of is his diary, his excavations, and some of his part time collecting. His methodologies would be different than ours, and he was an artist before he was an archaeologist. I think that a lot of his formal training was through experience, and well, connections.

As for Dr. Zahi Hawass, he’s done a lot of work on Tutankhamun himself and Khufu’s family. Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs is good, but it’s an exhibit companion with more analysis of the artifacts into a coherent narrative. The photography is awesome.

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A bit about myself: 22 years old, college grad (Double major in Anthropology and History). I plan to make a career of archaeology and hopefully travel (much of) the world in my days.

I enjoy many things aside from tea, including gaming, mixing cocktails, reading, watching anime, and painting miniatures.

My favorite type of tea is sheng puerh. Particularly younger stuff, if only because I haven’t gotten the chance to taste much of anything aged. I also really like oolong (Taiwanese, Wuyi, Dancong, etc.) and Japanese Green Teas. I do also enjoy most other kinds of tea, but they aren’t what I normally buy. I’m not a huge fan of shou puerh, black tea, or flavored blends, with few exceptions.

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