TEA REVIEW: White 2 Tea – 2006 Old Bear Fangcha

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Tea and origin: Raw puerh. Dry storage in southern China since 2006
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I was recently in contact with Paul at White 2 Tea about reviewing some tea. One of the first things that struck me about White 2 Tea is their relaxed and nonpretentious approach to tea – especially when it comes to puerh. Their philosophy and attitude towards tea is basic and straight forward: they sell what they drink, can’t stand flowery tea stories and shun BS. White 2 Tea also has an excellent blog. It is particularly loaded with great information about puerh.

Being that White 2 Tea is dedicated to puerh, I felt compelled to try a puerh for my first review of one of their teas. I went with this raw 2006 puerh not only because I love the name and description, but I like that it has a little story: White 2 Tea found the square bricks unwrapped in storage in southern China and packaged and branded it ‘Old Bear’.

Tasting notes

Dry leafTightly compressed square brick. Leaves are dark green, although the cake has                     a good amount of golden tips

Wet leaf: Smoky

Liquor colour: Dark green

Liquor aroma: Smoky, earthy

Liquor flavour: Smoky, whisky-like, earthy and hay flavours. A bold, hearty tea,                                               although it has a clean mouthfeel and mild to moderate astringency. It                                   has a smoky, dry aftertaste

Infusion method: Gong fu style with gaiwan or Yixing teapot                                                                                     5 grams of tea                                                                                                                                         150 to 200ml of water at 90C                                                                                                             At least 7 infusions

Comments/Conclusions

This is my kind of raw puerh: bold flavour and not loaded with sharpness or astringency that you find in some young raw puerh. It is a great tea for mornings, and it would really appeal to Lapsang Souchong drinkers. Additionally, it is great value for money, as the tightly compressed brick yields numerous infusions. You can hit on this tea all day

Retail price: 100 gram cake for $18 USD

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I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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2 Responses to TEA REVIEW: White 2 Tea – 2006 Old Bear Fangcha

  1. Doug Wade says:

    It’s good stuff – definitely in the rotation around here. You might also like their White Whale – similar kind of story but it’s from 2002. It’s not as cheap as it was but it’s still quite reasonable.

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