Wednesday, November 18, 2015

White2Tea 2002 CNNP (Zhong Cha) 7572 Green Label Tiepai

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: dark, tightly compressed
Ingredients: puerh tea
Steep time: 15 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: very dark reddish brown

There are two words that strike fear into my heart when I'm drinking puerh. Wet. Storage. I just can't bring myself to enjoy the affect that it has on tea. That being said, I owed it both to myself and to the gent behind White2Tea to power through this one. Many moons ago he was kind enough to send a package full of tea education after I asked a total newb question on a forum. This tea was the very last of those samples. The dry leaf was fairly tightly compressed. I did two quick rinses, just to be on the safe side, and was surprised to see how dark the tea was already. The humidity was definitely apparent for the first four or so infusions. I did not find that aspect pleasant at all. That being said, I trudged through the muck and came out with a really pleasant tea. Chocolaty and creamy notes came out of nowhere. I drank this tea for two days straight so the leaves had real staying power too. Maybe wet storage isn't so bad after all? We'll have to see. At the price, I'd venture to say that this tea is a real steal because I've definitely seen similar teas go for a lot more.

2002 CNNP (Zhong Cha) 7572 Green Label Tiepai sample provided by White2Tea.