brandon wrote:What you're describing is the reason why blending exists.
bonescwa wrote:Just got my order of white whale bricks from white2tea... just from smelling the outside of the wrappers I can tell it has some substance to it. we'll see if I get some time to brew it today or tomorrow. P.s. super fast, 15 dollar shipping and nice 10 g samples, so far so good.
Rdeitz wrote:After much excitement, today I tried the 2002 White2tea White Whale.
OK, I guess I’m going to be the one to disagree with all the hype about this tea. It is smokey. Really smokey, and stays that way through at least several infusions, after that I couldn’t take anymore. It is certainly a hearty tea, but the smoke is overwhelming. I personally don’t consider this quality good for a Pu erh tea. I did not enjoy this at all. If you like smoke, I’m sure you will.
bonescwa wrote:I didn't actually drink it yet, but it didn't smell smokey to me, like xiaguan does. Is it normal to be able to smell the smoke from the dry leaves? And I'm sure this has already been asked but what contributes to smokiness? Actual smoke during processing or are there other things that can exacerbate it?
William wrote:Had a long session with some wild DXS from 2004, stored without any contact with air or moisture for its (albeit short) life. Amazing tea.
Tead Off wrote:William wrote:Had a long session with some wild DXS from 2004, stored without any contact with air or moisture for its (albeit short) life. Amazing tea.
Do you mean it has been under vacuum seal all this time?
William wrote:No. Ii was sealed with oxygen absorber and silica bag, but not vacuum sealed. Seems to be the same, but actually I am not sure if it is the same. Different quantity of nitrogen inside the bag, due to the lack of oxygen, can lead to different results. I am not sure of all this, still at an early stage of experimentation.
The tea was wonderful, this is ultimately what matters.