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drank 1998 White Tuo Ripe by White 2 Tea
486 tasting notes

I pulled a wee sample of this tea out of the Puerh TTB when it stopped at my house. I was mostly skipping on the shou from the box, but I had heard enough about this tuo that it piqued my interest. My chunk was a rather compressed piece – it didn’t want to open up at all. I let it steam in the gaiwan a bit, but that didn’t help a great deal. Anyways, the dry leaf had a slightly moist and earthy smell. After a rinse, it smelled similar, but a little bit stronger.

This one was quite different from any other shou I’ve tried. It didn’t have any fermentation flavor, but there was some moistness to the tea, probably from storage. It tasted like a moist basement early on – very earthy. I could also pick up slightly woody notes along with some wet autumn leaf. Toward the end of the session, I started to pick out a very slight chocolatey note, but it was not present for the majority.

This tea was pretty decent, and unique in my shou experience. I’m not particularly sad that it’s no longer available. Liquid Basement!

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Wet Wood

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 2 OZ / 60 ML
elena-z

I have a small sample from TTB, and I’m afraid to deal with it :))

Matu

Haha it’s a bit of a hassle, but the tea is interesting, so it’s worth it. You could try to break it up just a bit with a pu pick…but at the same time, that may yield you a lot of extra dust :P

AllanK

I bought this tea. The first time I drank it wet storage flavor. I drank it again after dry storing it for 6 months and it was much improved.

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elena-z

I have a small sample from TTB, and I’m afraid to deal with it :))

Matu

Haha it’s a bit of a hassle, but the tea is interesting, so it’s worth it. You could try to break it up just a bit with a pu pick…but at the same time, that may yield you a lot of extra dust :P

AllanK

I bought this tea. The first time I drank it wet storage flavor. I drank it again after dry storing it for 6 months and it was much improved.

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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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