Today, I have decided to review the 2015 Pin from White2Tea. This tea was supposedly made with 2013, 14 and 15 material that resembles Lincang character. I personally found it very relaxing, easy to drink and of very high quality material. The aging brings out more of the softer notes, and intense aroma. Lets get to the actual review.
2013, 14, 15 material
0.48 CAD per gram
Temperature ( 95 degrees celsius)
Brewing Vessel (100 ml Jingdezhen gaiwan)
Grams of Leaves ( 7 grams)
Steeping Time ( less than 5 seconds per infusion, and every infusion increasing the time by 5 sec to 10 min depending on which infusion)
Review in detail
(1st to 3rd steep) Relaxing, super sweet tea. Nothing off putting. Sweet potato with lemon and mint leaves, mixed with some basic, hay and honey notes. Again, not much astringency but very throaty and pleasant. The huigan is pretty great. The classic, sugary Lincang profile, nothing harsh and crazy. My back and shoulders feeling the Qi.
(4th to 6th steep) slightly more bitter, thicker and definitely more potent. The bitterness is sweet, and brings more huigan to the palate. Minerality definitely increased, and it has a very warm effect on the body. Definitely more action on the tongue
(7th to 9th steep)
Slightly less bitter, but more of the Stone-fruit taste coming out. Peach, longan, cookies and oats.
( 10th to 13th brew) very easy to drink. Some of the sweet potato note coming back, and again… really sugary. A little bit of corn and spinach.
14th brew: not very thick, red dates and longan in the brew. Nothing crazy but still good. Pretty much done brewing at this point.
Wet leaves: smells of maple syrup, roasted nuts and yogurt with fig! Sugary, again.
This is a very uplifting and easy to drink tea, that has a lot of potential for the future. The Lincang character, this ultra sugary taste is very nice and something a lot of people will enjoy. If you like sweet and very fragrant tea, this might be the one for you. The unique balance of honey and base notes were very well done, and I think for longer term storage this tea is very capable of improving and will age gracefully. The mouthfeel is not the absolute thickest, so I don’t think it is made with Gushu material; but overall it does make it a very good tea. My final Attitude Ranking for the 2015 Pin would be a 8/10. Awesome!