2019 Builders

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A hand roasted bamboo black tea, the 2019 Builders is a perfect balance of working class utility and artisan tea snobbery. It is our white2tea twist on the classic concept strong style of “builder’s tea” from the UK. This bud heavy whole leaf Yunnan sun dried tea was mercilessly crammed into bamboo and hand roasted over an open flame.

The result is a shard heavy tea with many of broken bits and plenty of surface area which cause the tea to steep out very quickly making a very potent brew for an afternoon pick me up or a morning eye opener. This tea is very versatile with a heavy aroma of fragrant bamboo, malt and honey; not to mention a booming lingering aftertaste. Steep in gongfu style like a bamboo loving connoisseur or western style topped off with cream like you have a job to do.

The mash up of style and function makes this unique tea a common morning cup in the white2tea house.

Each tube is 200 grams of tea.

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I had this one during a virtual tea session last night with an instagram friend, and I picked it because I’ve been in this intense black tea mood lately and the W2T website describes this tea as super intense, full bodied and strong. So, I was braced and ready for a black tea that would basically kick me in the ass. I was surprised, and a little bit saddened, that my experience really didn’t match that at all…

I got about four steeps from the tea, but I found all of them tasted almost exclusively of bamboo – with just a hint of a roasted note to them. The liquor was a bit thin as well, and in general I just thought that the tea needed a lot more body and tannin to be interesting to me at all. I also don’t love the taste of bamboo scented teas – I mean, I’m not against it or anything but it’s not a flavour that I like enough to want it to be the only thing I’m tasting in a tea.

Next time I will drastically increase the amount of leaf I’m using and see if that makes a difference…

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/B_PiG6VAaJQ/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLGwIHjhboA&list=PLHwvDXmNUa92NlFPooY1P5tfDo4T85ORz&index=10&t=0s

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