I managed to get a sample of this on a recent re-order at
white2tea. I would usually get a full
cake to sample from but the descriptions I read about this tea so far it sounds
a lot like Mengku plantation- too similar to many other drinkers I have. This 2018 white2tea Splendid goes for $28.00for a 200g bing or $0.14/g. This one is CwynN from Death By Tea’s top pick for cheapest fresh sheng puerh. She came out with this review early and this
tea has been popular ever since. In her
post she said that you really have to compare budget teas to each other to know
which is better. This is, in fact, the
exercise that I have been participating in here in the quest for the Best of
the Cheapest fresh young sheng…
When the dry leaf odour hits you from opening the sample
bag, you can be sure that this is a strong and vibrant puerh. The smells have a certain intensity to them a
strong citrus and apricot/ peach, sour type of high fruity note, with a zesty,
almost piercing odour. Impressive.
The first infusion has a muted wood with soft lingering
vegetal note in a mainly watery body.
The mouthfeel is slightly sticky.
A few minutes after swallowing there is a long faint Asian pear taste on
the breath. This first infusion is
The second infusion starts with very soft fruits of pear in
wood the dry wood taste is the more dominant of the two. The mouthfeel is slightly drying. There is faint fruits in the aftertaste.
The third infusion starts off a bit woody and slight pear
sweetness. There is a bit of vegetalness
in there as well. There is a slight
rubbery/vegetal almost fruity orange finish with almost no cooling returning
throat action. The profile of this tea
is quite simple and thin with not too much going on as far as flavor goes. It has a nice faint but long muted peach
flavor linger for 30 seconds or so. The
Qi is slightly alerting and has a mild forehead heaviness feeling almost dizzying
feeling. You can feel it in the stomach,
it’s a touch young puerh feeling raw here- normal stuff for such fresh puerh.
The fourth infusion has a more peach and pear mellow almost
diverging into a raison like taste.
Things pick up in this infusion (ie the binghole sample is finally
decompressing). The almost syrupy
sweetness is thicker throughout. A peach
taste is present throughout the entire profile with longer, lingering
aftertaste. The qi has a more dizzying
effect on me, like a lightheadedness and looseness in the neck. The mouthfeel is slightly drying with sticky
lips and slight squeaky teeth.
The fifth infusion infusion starts with weighty peach like
notes over dry wood. There is a syrupy
nectar sweetness to this tea that sticks around long in the mouth. The mouthfeel here is real nice balance of
sticky, astringent, and slightly drying.
The profile here doesn’t have that much complexity or movement but is
long and rich, held with a nice mouthfeeling.
I specifically like a mid-throat opening taste minutes later where deep
peachy notes reside. The long sweet
flavor is quite enjoyable here.
The sixth infusion has a slightly punchier fruit almost
floral taste of slight tropical and mainly apricot and peach flavours. There is a vegetable note of celery and
carrot in there underneath too in this infusion over a dry wood base and slight
vegetal taste. The mouth is nicely
stimulated and is becoming more astringent here. This pureh feels nice and clean in my body
and its qi is significant- backlogging in my head and making it feel light and
The seventh infusion starts with a clean fruity taste of
tropical fruits and syrupy sweetness which dominate the profile the dry woody
suggestion shows up before the returning sweetness. The astringency in the mouth builds and
becomes almost dry in the mouth and throat pushing saliva into the cheeks. The qi is building up and noticeably strong
my head is floating for sure. I am
The eighth infusion has more of a toasted grain taste
initially with the sweetness mainly a grain taste. The fruits are background here behind the dry
wood even. The mouthfeel is
significantly astringent causing lips to pucker and get real sticky and almost
The ninth infusion gives off a dry woody flavor with lots of
the fruit notes gone and lingering in the aftertaste faintly now.
The tenth the peachy woody notes are in some kind of
balance. There is a suggestion of cool
sweetness then a long faint sweet syrupy fruit suggestion. Qi continues to be something nice and
11th is more fruity and woody but much
thinner. It has a nice long fruity
profile in a drier and astringent mouthfeeling.
12th I steep 10seconds more than flash and it
delivers a creamy sweet broth with decent thickness still and long syrupy
tastes. 13th is much the same
with long drawn out sweet syrupy tastes.
The cool throat and returning sweetness is longer in these later
infusions as this puerh is still managing to change. 14th is back to a flash but is a
bit thin and woody but still long sweet cascading tastes and nice mouth
stimulation. Long cool throat now with
long sweet deeper tastes.
15th I leave for 40 seconds and get a nice
toasted grain and richer result more of toasted grain sweetness than
fruit. More strong mouth stimulation
less coolness and sweetness returning.
Still, a pretty engaging tea at this point with its dual layered syrupy
sweetness and brown sugar sweetness. I
love the throat and mouthfeeling on this cheap option. But the young fresh qi and astringency is too
harsh on the Stomach in these late infusions.
So I decide to stop but could keep going this tea also seems to have
some decent stamina.
Overall, this tea’s flavor doesn’t change too much throughout
the session but what is there is easy to enjoy.
I would say that flavor is not as interesting as the mouthfeeling and
throatfeeling and resulting long sweet aftertaste and strong Qi. I value more of the later, so I quite like
An interesting thing about this puerh is that it is not super
green processed as per colour and feeling, this is the new processing trend for
young puerh. I would completely guess
that Splendid underwent a longer processing which helps curb the astringent
young puerh energy from overly afflicting the Stomach. This type of
processing tends to give it more warmth making it easier to drink while young which, according to the description, this is when this puerh is meant to be consumed. However, I think it has enough in it, specifically the astringency, to be also aged with good results in dry storage.
The strengths that both of these young sheng share is a solid mouthfeel. After this these teas
are pretty different. The Snoozefest has
a bit more variation throughout the session, more intense and varied highnotes,
and a much more enjoyable taste at the end of the session, if not a bit
monotone. Splendid has more vitality and
vibrant Spring energy which the Autumn Snoozefest lacks. Splendid has way more Qi, and it does some
different things in the body and mind, not just the same sensation on repeat-
the Snoozefest lacked qi for sure.
Splendid had much more depth to its profile in taste, mouthfeeling, and
qi as well as movement through the initial taste to the aftertaste- this
movement was reasonably long and complex for a tea of this price.
The description of Snoozefest states that is a tea thatwould normally be priced over $40.00 ($0.20/g) but is priced for $15.00
($0.09/g). Splendid goes for $28.00
($0.14/g) but to me is a far better tea than Snoozefest in many different
areas. Especially the areas that matter
to me like Qi sensation and overall strength and vitality. I don’t
really know what this means but, it’s my own value assessment of them. I would easily take someone up on an offer to
trade tong for tong for my sold out Snoozefest.
That tells me that either the Snoozefest isn’t actually worth $40.00 or
that Splendid is actually worth more than it sells for. I suspect the later. Thanks Paul for offering both of these decent cheaper options.
Comparing Splendid ($0.14/g) to 2018 the Essence of Tea Bamboo Spring ($0.16/g), they are again both very different sheng puerh. The Bamboo Spring is more elegant, green,
ethereal, and pure with candy like taste.
Splendid has complexity and strength with a richer taste and
feeling. I feel that Splendid would be
better for aging and has more layers and depth to it but maybe if I was just
buying to drink now or was concerned about purity (Splendid felt just as clean
as Bamboo Spring though), I would still go with Bamboo Spring. Overall, Splendid is a much better puerh.
So far, I agree with Cwyn N’s assessment that 2018 white2tea
Splendid is the Best of the Cheapest.
But I have some very nice options that are even cheaper ahead to post
that could easily unseat the champ.