2007 Raw Puer Tea, pressed in 2015 by White2tea.
For those seeking some age on their Puer with budget in mind, the classic mushroom offers the smoothness of middle age, without sacrificing your wallet. This tea is fragrant and sweet with Menghai character. There is some residual astringency in the early steeps, but the tea is overall a smooth experience. This maocha [loose Puer tea] was aged in Xishuangbanna since 2007.
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.
Note: We have run out of Old Bear boxes! However, we still have some Old Bear left. It's identical tea, but will be shipped in a sealed white2tea bag instead.
Repave was made with aged puer tea material from 2007, which was stored in Menghai for 7 1/2 years prior to being pressed in November of 2014. The soup is already a dark bronze color, sweet and soft. The material is from Hekai. This is the second and final pressing of this material. Some of the wrappers were stamped incorrectly as 2006.
Another unwrapped warehouse find, the Often 250 gram tuo is a solid daily drinker Puer tea for the Puer fanatic on a budget. Slightly strong in early steeps, this tuo behaves like a young Puer that is just beginning to calm down. The tea leaves a strong sweet feeling in the mouth.
This tea was first featured in our December 2014 Tea Club shipment.
The 2012 White 2 Tea / Taochaju Giant Steps blend was pressed in 2012 with a blend of pure old arbor material from three regions; Mensong, Nannuo, and Laoman'e. The material used ranges from 2008-2012, with both Spring and Fall material being used. It has an intense and durable huigan [sweet aftertaste], with light/medium kuwei [bitterness] and some astringency. This cake is suitable for immediate consumption or storage. The blend was made as a collaboration between white2tea and Taochaju.