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Thanks Bonnie for the sample! I brewed this tea in a yixing pot. I used approximately 2 tsp of leaf for a roughly 6 oz pot.

Dry leaf appearance: almost like bits of charcoal. Very dark, crisp looking leaves. This shou is loose-leaf, not compressed into a cake.

Dry leaf aroma: Very little aroma from the dry leaves, likely because the leaves are very old!

After a short rinse, I brewed the first infusion for around 20 sec with boiling water. The liquor is surprisingly light considering the darkness of the leaves. Aromas are musty, but not in a bad way. The flavor is very sweet and toasty (but not roasty) up front with some very interesting notes that I couldn’t really name. Subsequent infusions reveal a peppery spice and increase the sweetness.

Oh, and this tea does indeed have strong chi! After four infusions, I can definitely feel the theanine kicking in.

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Boiling 0 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

I hope you continue to steep away and enjoy the Chi Eric! For all the grand tea you’ve served me this year and the expertise you have with Puer…you deserve a fine time!

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Bonnie

I hope you continue to steep away and enjoy the Chi Eric! For all the grand tea you’ve served me this year and the expertise you have with Puer…you deserve a fine time!

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