So I'm digging around my collection for that guaranteed whiskey-like concoction, the bark-like-a-dog tea, the one that has me hanging over the bar in a complete stupor. The one that gets me emailing shout-outs to other teaheads who've learned by now they don't need to answer back, and they are too tea-drunk themselves to reply anyway. I can think of three teas which are usually a slam dunk for this tea drunk, the 2005 Menghai tuo from Yunnan Sourcing, Sencha Ashikubo from Camellia Sinensis, and the 2014 Manzhuan from White2Tea. I wrote a bit about the 2005 Menghai in my post about quantitative statistics a couple of months ago. Currently I'm out of the Sencha Ashikubo and still trying to drink up this year's senchas from O-Cha which are like lettuce soup.
That leaves the 2014 Manzhuan which I wrote about already on Steepster. My opinion is the 2014 Manzhuan should be banned for people with more than three misdemeanors or a felony conviction. This tea isn't for lying around and avoiding, it's one that could cause the wrong person to shoot the neighbors. But what else can I do but drink it? I need to get out of bed long enough to take out the garbage.
|Official photo from white2tea, mine has faded characters already.|
|*Hic* did I really drink all that?? No...|
Actually, I haven't even opened this cake yet. I got two samples with a couple of tea orders, and drank those up which precluded the need to break into my actual cake. I notice the cake is getting a bit brown now since the spring, on the surface anyway. Okay, do I really need 10 grams? I think I do.
|My 2014 Manzhuan from white2tea|
Thick brew, no splash and no bubbles when pouring after two rinses. Like engine oil going into the chainsaw. The apricot is still there but deeper now than I remember from earlier this year, and the combination of heat and thickness of the brew feels like cognac in the mouth with a bit of warmth down the hatch. Oh yeah. Three cups in and I don't feel exactly tea drunk but I am getting hungry. I can feel the caffeine a bit.
Requiescat in Pace.