Wednesday, January 21, 2015

White2Tea 2014 Manzhuan

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: varied greens and browns, compressed
Ingredients: puerh tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: gold

This tea is kind of like the fruity cocktail that doesn't taste like it has as much alcohol as it actually does. It was very soft and mellow but still left me feeling quite tea drunk. Fruity, floral and honey notes dominated the flavor profile. There was hardly any astringency and it never crossed the line into unpleasant bitterness. I've only had a few young shengs that were quite this understated. A vegetal element came to the forefront towards the end but it stayed fairly constant throughout my many infusions. +White2Tea is one of the few vendors where I'll actually believe that a puerh is truly from ancient arbor trees. The quality of the material shows in every tea that I have tried. I only wish that this one was not sold out :)

2014 Manzhuan sample provided by White2Tea.