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This is very nice. It has a sweet honey melon flavor. The liquor is pale yellow moving to golden as the tea resteeps. I’ve resteeped it several times and each time the sweetness and fruitiness are more pronounced. Sometimes it is more like honey. Sometimes the flavor is fruitier.

Update: Apparently 12 resteeps are enough to overwhelm the leaves. My twelfth re-steep was listless and barely flavored. So I’m moving on to another raw puerh.

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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
teaplz

I’m loving your pu-erh journey, Carolyn! Even though I’ve only had one cup of it, I find myself craving it. The earthiness is really just nice and comforting.

Carolyn

Interestingly enough, the raw puerhs, which are my favorites, are not earthy at all. They’re sweet and light. I’m beginning to assign puerhs genders and personalities in my childish little mind. (For some reason I anthropomorphize almost everything.)

The dark fermented puerhs are all men. Depending on the flavor profile they are Chinese farmers or warriors or tea merchants moving along the Tea Horse Road.

The raw puerhs are women. The muskier ones are knowing matrons. The light, sweet ones are delicate little teenagers hiding behind a screen. My puerh mind is being populated by an entire society of puerh people. Don’t tell PeteG. I’m sure that this is not the approved method of puerh appreciation. ;)

I find it interesting that most of the companies that sell puerhs as part of a bunch of other types of tea primarily sell the very masculine fermented puerhs.

Cofftea

“I’m beginning to assign puerhs genders and personalities in my childish little mind.” -@Carolyn, as a person who loves tea blending I’m curious as to if a feminine tea would blend better w/ a masculine tea than another femanine tea? <>suddenly wants to make a tea Punnet Square<>

Carolyn

@Cofftea I don’t know that I would blend a masculine puerh with a feminine puerh. I think the masculine tastes would completely mask the light tastes of the raw, feminine puerh. But, as we already know, I’m really not a tea blender by personality. Would you blend a white tea with a black tea? It would be like that, I think.

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teaplz

I’m loving your pu-erh journey, Carolyn! Even though I’ve only had one cup of it, I find myself craving it. The earthiness is really just nice and comforting.

Carolyn

Interestingly enough, the raw puerhs, which are my favorites, are not earthy at all. They’re sweet and light. I’m beginning to assign puerhs genders and personalities in my childish little mind. (For some reason I anthropomorphize almost everything.)

The dark fermented puerhs are all men. Depending on the flavor profile they are Chinese farmers or warriors or tea merchants moving along the Tea Horse Road.

The raw puerhs are women. The muskier ones are knowing matrons. The light, sweet ones are delicate little teenagers hiding behind a screen. My puerh mind is being populated by an entire society of puerh people. Don’t tell PeteG. I’m sure that this is not the approved method of puerh appreciation. ;)

I find it interesting that most of the companies that sell puerhs as part of a bunch of other types of tea primarily sell the very masculine fermented puerhs.

Cofftea

“I’m beginning to assign puerhs genders and personalities in my childish little mind.” -@Carolyn, as a person who loves tea blending I’m curious as to if a feminine tea would blend better w/ a masculine tea than another femanine tea? <>suddenly wants to make a tea Punnet Square<>

Carolyn

@Cofftea I don’t know that I would blend a masculine puerh with a feminine puerh. I think the masculine tastes would completely mask the light tastes of the raw, feminine puerh. But, as we already know, I’m really not a tea blender by personality. Would you blend a white tea with a black tea? It would be like that, I think.

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I’m a suddenly enthusiastic tea aficionado. I had no idea how varied and delicious teas could be. Also I’m a dairy-free vegetarian, so if you see me say “cream” or “milk” it means soy milk or soy cream.

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