2007 White2Tea Repave Pu-erh Tea from White Two tea

2007_Repave_2Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Pu-erh

Where to Buy:  White Two Tea

Tea Description:  

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.

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Taster’s Review:

Smooth!  Really, really smooth and mellow!

That’s my first impression of this tea.

To brew this pu-erh, I grabbed my gaiwan and heated the water to 190°F.  Then I eyeballed a measurement of leaves – what looked like about a bamboo scoop of leaves – and put them into the bowl of the gaiwan.  The leaves of this sample have been cut from a cake that probably looked like the cake in the photograph above.  Some of the leaf pieces are individual leaves, but most of them are chunks of several leaves that I pried apart carefully with a knife.

Then I poured enough of the hot water into the gaiwan to cover the leaves and I steeped it for 15 seconds.  Then I strained off the liquid and discarded it.  This is the “rinse.”

I’ve found that this simple ‘rinse’ procedure is the big difference between a cup of pu-erh that I can enjoy drinking versus a cup of pu-erh that I would rather discard.  So, if you find pu-erh to be too earthy or just off-putting, I recommend trying the rinse!  It really does make a HUGE difference!

Then I filled the gaiwan with more water and this time, I steeped the tea for 45 seconds and strained the liquid into my favorite “little” teacup.  It holds one gaiwan-full of tea.  How much is that?  I don’t know.  I’ve never actually measured it.

My first cup is SMOOTH.  Mellow.  It has a lovely sweetness that is somewhere between a deep molasses and a buttery caramel.  It’s earthy – but it isn’t an off-putting or overwhelmingly strong earthy flavor.  It’s beautifully mellow at this stage.  There are distant mineral-y notes.  This first cup disappeared quickly because … I really enjoyed it!

The second cup is just as smooth as the first.  The flavor is deeper this time.  Still very sweet and that sweetness is still very molasses-y/buttery caramel.  I taste less of the earthy notes that I tasted in the first cup now, but the distant mineral notes are still there.  This cup seems to be all about the sweet and that’s quite alright by me.

This tea just seems to keep on getting sweeter with each infusion!  The third cup is even sweeter than the first two.  With this cup, I am picking up very little earthiness (an occasional earthy tone here and there) and the aforementioned mineral notes are softer now.  This is just SWEET.

Later infusions offered the same sweet, molasses-y taste, and I liked that the earthiness mellowed out significantly by the fourth cup.  I don’t know if it’s that my palate has become more acclimated with the sweetness of this tea or that the flavors are just now emerging, but I am starting to discover some soft floral notes.

A truly lovely pu-erh – this is one you’ll fall in love with!

Da Ye Xiao Qing Tuo (Big Leaf Mini Green Tuo Cha) from Seven Cups

BigLeafMiniTouChaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Seven Cups

Tea Description:

This tea has a light aroma and rich, smooth flavor with a long finish through multiple infusions. The liquid is light and clear, and the infused leaves are the color of bamboo leaves. You can feel the sweetness of the tea in your throat after a few sips. 

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Taster’s Review:

I’m love LOVE loving this Da Ye Xiao Qing Tuo Pu-erh from Seven Cups!  It’s so remarkably sweet – one of the sweetest Pu-erh I think I’ve ever encountered.

The sweetness was strong from the very first cup, and this sweetness only developed with each subsequent infusion.  I taste a very light vegetal tone to the first cup as well, but mostly what I taste is a honeyed sweetness that is absolutely delightful.

The second cup was where I noticed the sweetness developing into a creamier note.  I could also taste the vegetal notes a little more with this cup.  The combination of the cream and the veggie notes gave it an almost “creamed spinach” type of flavor, although the vegetal notes were sweeter than spinach.

The third cup was a little less sweet and a little more vegetative.  The creamy notes were not as noticeable this time.  The flavor is more of an earthy vegetation this time.  Still very flavorful, but, I found myself missing the sweet creaminess that I experienced in cup number two and the joyful sweetness of the first cup.  This is still good, just not as delicious as the first two cups.

I decided to have one more cup to see what flavors were in store for me, and I found that with this cup, there were no creamy notes and the sweetness was not the same.  It was more of a sweet vegetative taste rather than a honeyed sweetness or a creamy sweetness of the earlier infusions.

I am sure that this Pu-erh could have gone through many more infusions, but, I think that because I so enjoyed the first two cups so much, that I found myself missing what those two cups had to offer and I couldn’t appreciate the later infusions as much.

A really nice Pu-erh, and I’m glad that I got to try it.  Another great tea offering from my Steepster Select box!

Mengku Arbor Tree Ripened Puerh Cake Tea ZhenMu LingYa 2007 from Teavivre


Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Pu-erh

Where to Buy:  Teavivre

Tea Description:

With a century-old history, abundant rainfall and sunlight, Yunnan owns a reputation as “South of the Colorful Clouds”. She feeds her people and the land they live on with her own stream. This time TeaVivre brings you Pu-erh lovers the ZhenMu LingYa, within which the passion of Yunnan Pu-erh people you can feel. This Ripened Puerh Cake Tea ZhenMu LingYa uses fresh leaves of Mengku arbor tree as material. The tea workers have years of experience in making Pu-erh tea. With their hands and professional experience, they made the fresh tea leaves into this beautiful ripened Pu-erh cake. Using the Mengku arbor tree of high quality as material, this ZhenMu LingYa has the pure and mellow flavor of ripened tea. You could see the golden pekoe covering on the dry leaves. As the cake was suppressed just fine in tension, you could enjoy breaking the cake.

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Taster’s Review:

Like I do with most Pu-erh … I put off trying this Mengku Arbor Tree Ripened Puerh Cake Tea ZhenMu LingYa 2007 from Teavivre for a little while, but, I’m glad to be sipping on it today.

I brewed a chunk of this cake in my gaiwan, and I managed quite a few infusions from one small chunk.  The first infusion was earthy (most Pu-erh teas are!) but I liked that the earthy notes were subdued.  The flavor is deep, rich and mellow.  Really smooth without any astringency.  The sweetness is reminiscent of molasses!

My second infusion was a little more earthy than the first, but it was still very sweet and smooth.  By the third infusion, I found that the earthiness had really subsided to the point where I really found myself enjoying this Pu-erh.  Sure, I liked the first and second infusions just fine, but, my palate was much fonder of the third infusion!

The fourth infusion produced a slightly smoother taste – the taste was still very smooth in the first three infusions, but here I notice that the flavors tend to meld and become more unified.  It becomes a very smooth drinking kind of tea, with lovely sweet notes, hints of earth, and a sweet, caramel-y, molasses-y kind of taste all coming together in a seamless flavor.  It was really nice and mellow – the kind of cup that you like to enjoy after a meal.

I could have very easily taken this tea through even more infusions … although it was getting late.  My personal tea time had come to an end before this tea was ready to quit!  A really enjoyable Pu-erh … not my favorite, perhaps, but, certainly one I’d be happy to enjoy again!

Mengku Palace Ripened Golden Buds Pu-erh (2007) from Teavivre

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Pu-erh

Where to Buy:  Teavivre

Tea Description:

This Palace Pu’er Tea (Gong Ting 宫廷普洱) carefully selected by Teavivre is produced in Mengku, Lincang, which is a representative producing area of Yunnan pu’er tea and one of the famous five tea-producing areas in Yunnan.

The pure flavor, the mellow taste, the exposed gold coins make this kind of high-quality tea deserve to be appreciated carefully.

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Taster’s Review:

As I’ve said before (more than once), I’ve not always been so fond of Pu-erh.  I think my taste buds have not only matured, but, also that I’ve learned more about the best way to brew teas including Pu-erh and this really has made a huge difference in how I’ve come to enjoy it.

But even so, Pu-erh still sometimes scare me, especially when they come off smelling very earthy.  And that is just what this tea did.  When I opened the pouch, I didn’t notice it quite as much as just after I brewed it.  When I poured it from my gaiwan, I really noticed a strong, earthy smell – it smelled of earth, reminiscent of peat, and also slightly of leather and wood.

I took a very apprehensive sip, but was so pleased to discover that this tastes less of earth than the aroma had lead me to believe.  Instead, this tastes sweet and remarkably smooth.  No bitterness or astringency at all.  It has a buttery sweetness – not so much like a buttery note that you might experience with a green tea or an Oolong, but more of the buttery taste in butter toffee or browned butter that’s been poured over the crust of a freshly baked loaf of bread.

It has an earthy flavor too, of course, but, it isn’t as prominent as I expected it to be.  It is very mellow tasting, and the flavor seems to improve with each subsequent infusion, so do take the time to explore this tea thoroughly!

A really amazing Pu-erh.  And after a visit to Teavivre’s website, I noticed that this particular tea is 10% off through July 15!  Time to stock up on this, you’ll be glad you did.