There's no brakes on this hype train. I received my samples of some of White2Tea's 2015 lineup of their custom puerh cakes. Also, I snagged one of their Ruyao gaiwans to replace a similar one that my cat broke. I've already harped about how I believe that White2Tea and other "new school" puerh producers are at the vanguard of a new step in revolutionizing the tea industy, so I'll stick just to the review this time around.
Because I got the sample, I did not get the awesome wrapper design.
This cake was stone pressed and the samples were still some solid chunks. For this tasting, about half of it was a solid piece and the other half were loose leaves. I did a rinse and kept the infusions at 10 seconds, due to the 100ml gaiwan.
After a wash, the large leaves unfurled to show a few purple bruises, very similar to a Yiwu purple puerh. The pysical appearance is certainly not the only similarity. I was flying blind during this tasting and didn't look at the product description until afterwords, where they made the same connection.
The tea brewed a golden yellow cup and it tasted quite sweet with barely a touch of bitterness at the end. I do want to add that the liquid of this tea is very thick, and mixed with the sweetness makes it seem like some sort of diluted honey. Lots of "lingering sweetness" going on. I was really enjoying this tea until the flavor dropped off after the 4th steeping. I'm guessing that if this tea were older it would maintain its flavor a bit better, but man those first few infusions were great.
I can't wait to dive into the other three samples, and this new gaiwan is amazing compared to the glass gaiwans I've been using. For $50 a cake, this is a solid tea to have on hand for a tea session. I do want to direct your attention to Cwyn's Death By Tea review of this tea in it's... erh, interestingly shaped gourd form. Cwyn went hard in the paint for this one!