The 2016 Brown Sugar is made from a large percentage of huangpian [the largest leaf used in Puer production]. The soup is sweet and smooth, with a light and approachable character. The blend has a larger percentage of smaller leaf material than the 2015 blend, as well as the incorporation of several regions.
Each brick is 200 grams.
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.
The Fade brick is a raw Puer tea, pressed in 2016 using 2015 Yiwu Huangpian [the largest leaf in Puer processing] material.
While huangpian are often considered to be inexpensive, the quality of the material in this blend is very high. The tea is sweet and thick. There is a slight sour note in the tea which will give way to honey and smoothness with further aging. We also feel this tea has a strong body feeling, though that varies from person to person.
Suitable to drink now or age for the long haul. There are 5 bricks per 1 kilogram tong.
Ripe Puer Tea from White2tea, made using 2012 material, pressed in 2015.
This tea is made from a pile fermented exclusively with top tier huangpian [the largest leaf used in Puer production]. The Brown Sugar brick has Menghai character. The soup is sweet and smooth. It was rested for over two years prior to pressing and is ready to drink now or store for the long term. The material used is of uncommonly high quality. Later steeps are light in color, with a sweet and soft profile.
The fermentation level of this tea was around 65%, which is considered light. Some leaves may even be slightly greenish, and will continue to become darker with further aging.
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.