2020 Old Reliable

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Forest Floor, Peat, Wood
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Caffeine
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Average preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 14 oz / 414 ml

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  • “I got a free 8g sample of this tea in my last order and I decided to steep it up Western style on the same day as receiving it, since I was craving shou and I do already have a sample of it to brew...” Read full tasting note
  • “Don’t remember the parameters I used, probably 8g to 100 mL, but I didn’t take specific notes because I only went through a few infusions and was not impressed (disclaimer: I don’t drink a ton of...” Read full tasting note
  • “Feel like I need to revise my original review after some additional steeps. On a side note, this is going to be my last review on Steepster until I can edit my profile. This is frankly pure...” Read full tasting note
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From white2tea

Our 2020 Old Reliable is an entirely small batch shu Puer version of our classic house blend. It’s our best balance of high quality small batch material and affordability.

The white2tea house blend and the gateway to understanding our small batch shou skills.

A carefully blended and well balanced shu Puer that incorporates material from five different small batches spanning four years. Engaging and complex flavor, aroma and sweetness with a thick presence. An all around crowd-pleaser of a tea with a price tag that defies logic. Drink now or age, you won’t find a better quality/value ratio.

Each cake is 200 grams of tea, with five cakes per tong.

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I got a free 8g sample of this tea in my last order and I decided to steep it up Western style on the same day as receiving it, since I was craving shou and I do already have a sample of it to brew gongfu at a later time. It was fine, but truthfully I didn’t particularly love this one. At least, with this method of brewing at the very least. The taste was very approachable & smooth though with a really consistent earthiness. The problem was more than it was kind of smooth to a fault!? Like, there was no character or depth to the tea and I wanted more peaks and valleys of flavour instead of this flat one note earthiness.

I suppose, however, that it does fit its namesake and if you were looking for cheap entry level shou with a predictable and consistent taste…

Well, this would hit the nail perfectly on the head.

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Don’t remember the parameters I used, probably 8g to 100 mL, but I didn’t take specific notes because I only went through a few infusions and was not impressed (disclaimer: I don’t drink a ton of shou and personally lean towards lighter profiles). Classic shou profile, the only thing I remember is a distinctly herbal note at some point. Would not repurchase.

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Feel like I need to revise my original review after some additional steeps. On a side note, this is going to be my last review on Steepster until I can edit my profile. This is frankly pure unadulterated bullshit that needs to get fixed like yesterday. Trust me I’m a professional.

Previously I might have said this tea would be accounting middle-management if it were a job but I see now that this is a harsh if slapstick comparison. I’m save my best writing on this topic for a better platform, but the key to this tea is to go big. Mor leaf. Do this and you’ve got a burly delicious cup that offers dimensions and intrigue a-plenty for something marketed as a daily drinker. Forest floor and wood and PEAT dominate. It’s never smoky or chocolatey but hints at both.

For some the value on this cake might diminish when you think about the additional volume required to draw out the best performance, but frankly I’m thrilled to find such a great tea and don’t mind one bit.

Some folks like to add a song to their rating so here’s one appropriate for my feelings on both this tea and Steepster in general. Adios!

Petey – Apple TV Remote
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AVl-8Q_z4I

Flavors: Forest Floor, Peat, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
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ciao, i guess

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Check back now and then to see if you can edit it. I wasn’t able to edit mine a while back when I tried to but now I can. I’m not really sure why you can only edit sometimes.

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