Hey there Teacups! I hope you’re all doing well, as you can probably tell by the title today’s post is another Let’s Talk Tea post. This time around I’m going to be reviewing White 2 Tea’s 2017 Poundcake (Raw Puer Tea). If you’re looking for high quality teas with honest and truthful descriptions then you need to check out White2Tea.
White2Tea was created by passionate Puer devotees. They conduct business with a simple philosophy: if they would not drink it, they will not sell it…and I LOVE that. You know that one of my main goals with my blog and the tea reviews I do is to be as honest as I can and you’ll also know that I won’t feature a tea or any teaware that I don’t love when I drink or use it. So to see a company work the same way makes me very happy. I wish more companies out there would work this way.
(I love their packaging – I’m such a sucker for bright & creative packaging)
White2Tea’s 2017 Poundcake is a Raw Puer tea, you’ll all remember me saying at the start of this year that one of my main goals for this year was to try more Puer tea. It’s something I’m quite new to but from what I’ve tried so far I’m really enjoying it and I can see myself having quite a love for it by the time this year is over. So when White2Tea said they were going to send me a few of their teas to try I was beyond excited because there’s really no better company to start off a Puer journey with than White2Tea. It was so hard to choose out of the teas they sent which to feature first but I thought I’d go with the 2017 poundcake as I’ve heard nothing but good things about it and I wanted to try it out for myself.
Aroma: Sweet, Honey, Milk, Sugar, Stone fruit (plum)
Shape: Large tightly compressed leaves
Colour: Rich Dark Green, Brown, Black.
Aroma: Sweet, Slightly Vegetal, Plums, Sugar, Honey, Milk
Shape: Mostly large & Long full leaves – there was some broken leaves but not many.
Colour: Rich Dark Green, Light Brown, Some Redish Areas On Some Leaves.
I brewed this in my gaiwan and started the tasting session off I rinsed the tea and then began my steeps. I decided to flash steep this and started at 10secs (I did that twice) and then from there I just added 10secs on for each steep. Steeps 1-3 were very light and sweet and had no astringency at all. I was drawn in by how amazing these first three steeps were and from there it only got better. Around steep 4 is where the sweetness started to mellow out and I started to notice an ever so slight Smokey/Woody note in the aftertaste (it wasn’t strong at all but it was definitely there and I didn’t hate it). Steep 5 was where a slight taste of butter started to creep in, between steeps 5-7 it only got stronger and stronger.
Sadly it didn’t carry through to my last few steeps and that’s why I didn’t push it further than nine steeps. By the time I got to 9 I felt like I had taken it far enough, everything started to mellow out and all the flavour qualities I loved had been lost. I was so shocked to taste that buttery note in there it was so reminiscent of a buttery/milk oolong which you all know I love. I can’t wait to experiment more with tasting sessions when it comes to this tea. I’m so glad I was given this chance to try this and introduce you all to it. I think I chose the best tea from my little package to start with – I can’t wait to see what is yet to come.
You can find out more about White2Tea and purchase this tea for yourself here. As always teacups if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on twitter (@teaisawishblog) and I’ll answer them as soon as I can.
Speak to you all on Sunday. Happy Steeping – Kimberley