TEA REVIEW: White 2 Tea – 2004 CNNP 7262


Tea and origin: Ripe puerh cake that has been dry aged in the south of China
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Link to CNNP 7262

White 2 Tea recently sent me this ripe puerh, and I’ve been itching to try it. It has a good ageing on it, and I’m hoping for a refined puerh. Read on to see what I think.

Tasting notes

Dry leaf: Pressed cake with a few golden tips and a subtle earthy aroma

Wet leaf: Woody

Liquor colour: Initially a rosé wine-like colour. It darkens with each infusion

Liquor aroma: Woody, with sweet undertones

Liquor flavour: The liquor has classic earthy, woody puerh flavours, but it has a fruity                                     sweetness that will grab your attention most. The liquor is smooth,                                         has a semi-thick mouthfeel, a slightly dry finish and a mellow/relaxing                                   aftertaste

Infusion method: Gong fu style with gaiwan or Yixing teapot                                                                                     5 grams of tea                                                                                                                                         150 to 200ml of water at 100C                                                                                                           Infusion time: 20 to 30 seconds                                                                                                         7 to 10 infusions


For my puerh palate, this tea is spot on: it has classic puerh flavours, although a nice sweetness to it, and the flavours are refined and not overly bold/strong – it is the type of puerh that I could see myself drinking on an everyday basis.

I gave the tea two quick washings, and while the first two infusions were good, I think the tea really hits its stride after the third infusion. The liquor becomes a bit stronger and flavourful at this point, and the finish slightly drier. This is a tea that you will want to pack your gaiwan with and drink all day long.

Retail price: 25 gram sample for $5 USD / 357 gram cake for $49 USD


About teaxplorer

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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