First White2Tea Club: 2009 Jingmai Sheng and 2nd Flush Auburn Black

I’ve known about and contemplated joining White2Tea’s club for a while now.  For thirty dollars a month they send you something interesting, educational, or just plain tasty.  If your interested in what the past months have been like, Oolong Owl has reviews for many of them. I heard that this months was a brick of aged Jingmai sheng, so I finally gave in and joined.

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The packaged came a few days ago, and contained not only a 2009 Jingmai brick, but also a sample of second flush Auburn black, a relative of the popular Auburn black that White2Tea offered a year or so ago.

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The brick has a nice tobacco smell and some staining of the wrapper, hinting that it is pretty mature for it’s age.  Opening it up it looks and smells quite nice; medium brown leaves and gold-orange buds. I load up 6g in my 90mL Jianshui pot and give it a rinse.

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It brews a clear, light orange liquer. The tea tastes of dry herbs and honey with a bit of mineral, citrus, and tobacco in the background.  The herbaceous quality is nice and reminds me a bit of Tiger Balm.  I quite like the storage: it’s mature for it’s age without being overly dank or earthy.  It’s a pretty decent tea, but doesn’t have anything that makes me go “wow.” Unoffensive, but doesn’t have any particularly special qualities.

On to the Auburn Black…

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I pour out almost seven grams for my 120mL gaiwan. A little heavy handed, but I decided to go with it. The dry leaf is dark and wiry with few buds. Slight savory aroma, but not a lot.  I don’t rinse because I find that blacks generally don’t need it.

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Brews a medium orange. It lets off a delicious aroma of fresh flowers. It tastes of malt and fruit with a floral aroma that reminds me a bit of a jade TGY or Taiwan high mountain oolong.  It has a silky mouthfeel that reminds me of peach or mango nectar, and the fruity flavor adds to that.

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Very tasty tea, I’d love to get my hands on some more of this one. Overall I greatly enjoyed this White2Tea club, and it was quite a good value. I look forward what future months will hold!

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