Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Tea Review: 2021 Spring Old Arbor Raw Puer (White2Tea)

2021 Spring Old Arbor Raw Puer
Type: Puerh
Origin: China
Product Description: 
This year's spring old arbor tea just barely made it to the warehouse in time.  While most areas were picked a bit early during 2021 spring due to weather, this tea was later than most.  Old arbor trees generally bud later than younger bushes, but this little cake pushed us to April 19th before we were able to press the cake.  Factor in that the cakes must be dried for a couple of days post pressing in a hong fang (a heated room), wrapped, sent to our storage and then packed for the tea club, and you will know why we barely got this show on the road before the May 1st Chinese Labor Day holiday.  You'll have to do that math for how long this tea took from picking to your door, but suffice it to say it that it might be some of the freshest raw you've ever had.  I'll spare you my notes on the tea, that bit is up to you. 
Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2-3 minutes

The dry leaves have a sweet aroma with notes of wood and hay.

The liquor is peach yellow with an aroma of green vine, grilled vegetables, and root vegetables.  The taste has notes of green vine, grilled vegetables, wood, and nut shells.

This flavor of this puerh was intriguingly complex.  I particularly enjoyed the aroma of the second steeping because it was so reminiscent of a tasty vegetable dish.  

This tea review was written in 2021. This tea was included in a monthly paid subscription box.

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