drank 2017 Old Reliable by White2Tea
22 tasting notes

Dry leaf – dusty, old barn, dry stall… ( I grew up on a farm, boom exact smell) dirt. Earthy.

Aroma – mellow classic shou, clean.

1 steep- very light, and mellow , hay, and dust accent. I feel like the tea is still opening.

2nd steep- much darker, leaves are opening.
Hay, and dustiness…
Unfortunately, I’m getting a flavor I’m not enjoying, and it’s really only because thats what it is reminding me off.

Raid. Like the bug killer…

Signature smell… that im tasting. Trying to get past it.

Smokey cherry wood and medicinal flavors. Cherry. Almost a cherry cordial.

3rd steep- old dusty barn. Thankfully, I don’t get much raid anymore. Wet, old hay. Smooth, soft mouthfeel.

4th steep- lots of hay. Some malt coming through. Flattening out here…

5th steep- it has mellowed smooth and round.

All in all… an interesting shou for me, as it was absent of the typical. A one trick pony if you will…
Other than the brief raid flavor, it was a pleasant drinking experience. Sending me down memory lane. Nostalgia at its finest. Smell is quite powerful. However, I’m not sure I’d order this one again. It was a good session, but nothing I want to seek out again. I do like the old feeling of the whole process. The unexpected flavors were welcomed.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Cherry, Cherry Wood, Dirt, Dust, Hay, Hot hay, Malt, Medicinal, Mineral, Moss, Musty, Paper, Smooth, Wet Earth

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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Review Ratings:

100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.
89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again.
79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.
69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.
59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possess off flavors/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.
Unrated: Haven’t made up my mind or some other reason. If it’s puerh, I likely think it needs more age.


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