The 2016 Dogs is a blend produced by white2tea, which can be brewed alone, or with the 2016 Cats (available exclusively via Crimson Lotus Tea). Both blends were produced in collaboration and are meant to allow tea drinkers to experiment with blending proportions and explore the two teas on their own or as a duo. The proportions of the blending are entirely up to the drinker.
The Dogs blend has a lasting huigan [lingering sweetness] in the mouth and a heavy body.
This 100 gram brick was uncovered in the depths of a puer warehouse, stacked tall, with no wrappers and nobody to claim it as a champion. When we first drank this tea, we knew we had found the bargain of our dreams. Plenty of body, but aged enough that it has a smooth and inviting character.
The White Whale can easily go toe-to-toe with similar factory productions from the 2002 era, but the whale weighs in at a fraction of the cost. Those in search of a smooth daily puer tea with over a decade of age that doesn't hurt the wallet need search no further.
The Old Bear brick is a smokey, heavy tea that is ideal for tea drinkers who enjoy flavors that are present in Scotch whisky, cigars, and pipe tobacco.
The Old Bear is a 100 gram brick that we found unpackaged in a warehouse. The tight compression of the traditional fangcha [square brick] style served it well, as most pieces are wholly intact. The characteristic smoke of the fangcha has faded slightly, but still carries a punch in the early steeps. The tea is a burly daily drinker for tea drinkers who want some oomph in their cup.
This 100 gram tuo [nest shaped] tea from Lancang Tea Factory was first produced in the mid 1980's under the trademark jianshen [健身] which translates literally as "fitness". The brand was created as a way to promote Lancang county teas and it was promoted as a healthy tea, hence the name. Ideal for the budget minded drinker, as this tea has a decade of age and is economically priced. Still very strong in flavor and character, with burly wood and tobacco notes scotch drinkers will enjoy.