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I got a sample of this pu-erh from cheetah pita (thank you!)

It is a pretty good pu-erh. I’ve been putting it off after my experience with the raw pu-erh sample that I got from Misty Peak. Although I have had good sheng in the past, I was still recovering from my most recent experience.

Im only on the third infusion of this one right now, but so far its yielding a very creamy cup with mild mineral notes and bitterness; slight astringency. There are other earthy spice-like flavors too that I can’t place, but they are nice. This is not my favorite sheng pu-erh ever, but it is helping to put me in the mood for pu-erh again.

ETA: I had to write this note quickly because I was running late to pick up my cat from the vet.

After I took some more time to contemplate the flavors notes of this tea, I think I can sort of recognize the olive oil and basil notes that it is advertised to have. Also, now that I think of it, the sheng I’ve tried in the past was aged at least 5 years or longer. Maybe very young or raw pu-erh is what I don’t like as much. Although so much more palatable than the bitter Misty Peak pu-erh that I tried, I just don’t dig mineral flavors.

And since I’m here writing, let me tell you about the cat and the villainous vet’s office. She needed a dental. She needed one last year but we could afford it. She really really really needs it now. We can barely afford it, but I budgeted it in and took her to her appointment today. Her blood work showed that she has a high white blood cell count so the doctor called me 4 hours later (about the time I expect them to say that all went well) and told me they couldn’t do the dental but that they wanted to do more blood tests and xrays to check for cancer. I ended up paying nearly as much as the dental would have cost and walked out with my cat in the same condition as before save an antibiotic shot in case it is an infection. So now Im really wondering why the heck I couldn’t have just gotten the antibiotics and then test her for other stuff if they didn’t have an effect. . .I am so mad. (>.<)

Kittenna

They shouldn’t have done anything to your kitty without your consent, unless you signed a form stating they could. I hope everything turns out well with her… it was always a bit scary when my cats were put under for dental work… one time, my cat ended up having 7 teeth extracted (didn’t bother him a bit in terms of eating though!) And then the last time he went under for a bit of dental work, he ended up having a stroke under anaesthesia, and never recovered (there was also a tumour on his pancreas, and he was diabetic… it was a bad situation.)

Shelley_Lorraine

they had my verbal consent. It is technically my fault for not asking why and just letting the dr. tell me what “needs” to be done. Really, if my cat has cancer that’s something I doubt we can do much for anyway. Therefor, I don’t think waiting two weeks to see if antibiotics lowers the cell count would have caused any harm in the long run. But I asked the Dr. what needs to be done and I just went along with all that she told me. I am so awful thinking straight under pressure and I feel uncomfortable standing up for myself most of the time because I am afraid of coming across as rude (this is what I have my husband for, lawyer in training with no hesitation snapping at anyone for the slightest offense. But, alas, he was not with me this time).

Kittenna

Ahh, I understand. :( I’m the same way with my car… pretty sure I got suckered into services that really didn’t need to be done because I’m far from an expert. I really hope that your cat just has a minor infection, or something easily treatable, which cancer typically is not.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Sorry to hear about what happened at the vet! My cat had to have two teeth extracted at one point and it took a long time for him to come out of the anesthesia. Hopefully it’s just an easily curable infection and nothing more serious.

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Kittenna

They shouldn’t have done anything to your kitty without your consent, unless you signed a form stating they could. I hope everything turns out well with her… it was always a bit scary when my cats were put under for dental work… one time, my cat ended up having 7 teeth extracted (didn’t bother him a bit in terms of eating though!) And then the last time he went under for a bit of dental work, he ended up having a stroke under anaesthesia, and never recovered (there was also a tumour on his pancreas, and he was diabetic… it was a bad situation.)

Shelley_Lorraine

they had my verbal consent. It is technically my fault for not asking why and just letting the dr. tell me what “needs” to be done. Really, if my cat has cancer that’s something I doubt we can do much for anyway. Therefor, I don’t think waiting two weeks to see if antibiotics lowers the cell count would have caused any harm in the long run. But I asked the Dr. what needs to be done and I just went along with all that she told me. I am so awful thinking straight under pressure and I feel uncomfortable standing up for myself most of the time because I am afraid of coming across as rude (this is what I have my husband for, lawyer in training with no hesitation snapping at anyone for the slightest offense. But, alas, he was not with me this time).

Kittenna

Ahh, I understand. :( I’m the same way with my car… pretty sure I got suckered into services that really didn’t need to be done because I’m far from an expert. I really hope that your cat just has a minor infection, or something easily treatable, which cancer typically is not.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Sorry to hear about what happened at the vet! My cat had to have two teeth extracted at one point and it took a long time for him to come out of the anesthesia. Hopefully it’s just an easily curable infection and nothing more serious.

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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Wyoming
Occupation: Student and Evil Genius
Ward: 3 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, 1 Cocker spaniel, 1 super cranky but lovable siamese cat, one bipolar black turkish angora, and my husband’s black and white cat.

Hobbies: Learning, reading books, math, physics (have a degree in it), literature (have a degree in it too), anthropology, traveling, piano, and making TEA, of course (^o^)

Future plans: World domination >-)
Graduate school for Comparative literature (in German, Latin, and Greek) – Update: I’m going to the University of Colorado in Fall 2014!! yay me!

Favorite teas: Kukicha, Green teas in general, aged oolongs, charcoal roasted oolong, taiwanese oolongs, Assam . . .

Don’t like: Genmaicha, Earl Grey, Darjeelings, ginger, coconut, smokey teas (even mild ones), nut flavors, overwhelmingly strong floral flavor (esp. Jasmine), most della derra and adagio teas. . .

My Rating System

100 My happiness absolutely depends on it

95 Will definitely repurchase

85: Might repurchase (teas that depend on my mood)

75 Won’t repurchase (but I would drink it again if offered).

65: meh

45: I reluctantly finished a cup.

15: Couldn’t finish a cup.

I simplified my ratings to single numbers rather than ranges because I can’t precisely compare so many teas with a system more detailed than this.

An unrated tea is most often one that I recognize as having significant notable quality, but that does not suit me personally. Sometimes, I leave teas unrated for other reasons, such as I am undecided or I brewed it wrong, etc.

Note: Boiling temp. barely reaches 200 where I am (and a few times it sticks at 195, I assume due to unexplainable shifts in altitude or the position of the moon. . .aliens?. . .).

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