Cut-tear-curl, the basic processing that gives you a teabag filled with dust and tea leave floor sweepings.CTC ?
No-no-no.Some whites can be lovely, but they're a novelty tea for me. They seem to go stale much faster than other teas, and are only good for a single infusion.
If you would like to taste some of the aforementioned shu puerh, just go to your local tropical fish store and dip your cup into a tank.
When you say ridiculous number of infusions, I assume you're talking about shu, which is correct. I was referring to white tea falling apart after a single infusion.No-no-no.
Earthy-mushroom, maybe, sometimes. True-tea ruby-red goodness with ridiculous number of infusions, always.
Purple moonlight is my favourite ... I prefer the "big leaf" varieties compared to the "needles" ones.
I think some whites last longer than others ... the ones I prefer also tend to be the ones which tend to give me more infusions. It's not going to outlast a puer, I admit, but certainly goes well beyond a single infusion for me.I was referring to white tea falling apart after a single infusion.
I think we have the same brick. I forget what it's called, but I have one stashed away and plan to bring it out whenever I get a sore throat.I have a bad sore throat so I've been drinking my most medicinal teas constantly, including my old dirty brick cureall, which I consider to be a shu.
I think I have one of those tucked away in a box. Now I have to look.I find it's like wine- you have a good one and never remember the name to get it again ... only with good shu, it's worse. My best one I just call "the journalist's tea," as it was chosen by the Chinese press association ...
luckily I keep a Word doc on what I drank. this:
"2008 Menghai Qizibing Pu-erh Tea Cake " Certified as a chinese Organic product, this tea cake is the best 7572 we have ever tasted, but it's made by Yunnan Tea Research Institute instead of Menghai tea factory. The cake won a gold medal in 2009 and it was selected as the official tea for Chinese news organizations.
But, ah, as OP says, white tea is good too.