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-Preface
I’m still getting to know Pu-Erh, shu and sheng, I have only tried about half a dozen different teas over the last few months .
-Review
The dry leaf smells sweet and inviting, nothing like the first Pu erh I tried by adagio which smelled fishy. I rinse twice and Gongfu style I get rich smooth oily chocolately notes and Western brew I get earthy, bold, coffesque richness. As with other pue erhs I get a really unique buzz and of course the stomach gurgles.
-Soapbox
Overall my favorite shu to date( rishi’s tuo cha are actually second) and at $8/50g a price you cant beat not to mention it’s organic(not that organic means its better quality but it certainly isn’t a bad thing) since Im just starting in pu erh and learning about how its made until I familiarize myself and can afford to drink the good stuff(which will certainly not be"certified oragnic") I like the reassurance of knowing an inspector has at least walked through the production line once.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Earth, Leather

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Sil

Highly suggest trying a few from mandala even as a “newbie” to puerh. Special dark and the wild monk are both super delicious!

Sil

…..haha just saw your special dark note :) noble mark is also interesting (and on sale)

Jiāng Luo

lol yeah thanks though im debating making another purchase I literally just bought a bunch of stuff from mandala(and verdent and rishi…… and tea vivre :)

Sil

I haven’t had a chance to try many rishi teas yet but the others your mentioned are pretty tasty! :)

Jiāng Luo

Rishi tasting notes are always accurate unlike some companies cough cough verdant which seem a little far fetched so far. Anyway they hit the spot when they say smooth espresso if I were to close my eyes and drink the cup Id swear it was an oily rich smooth coffee.

Sil

Nice! I’ll have to. Add to my list for future purchases :)

Bonnie

I’m sure you’re already familiar with the puerh discussion board here on Steepster. mrmopar knows quite a bit about puerh. He even converted a full size refrigerator into a humidor for his puerh. (His real name is John) Anyway, a jewel of a guy! I’ve been drinking puerh for years now and prefer shu. After a few months I gave up on being fussy about it and followed my own instincts. Think of the workmen and women gathering on a cold day with a small fire, a pot and a chunk of puerh. Nothing fancy about it! Sometimes, a little milk or fruit goes into the pot…a spice… honey… or an herb mixture for the cold Winter as a curative. I play around with tea and learn from the experience as did the first tea drinkers. It’s the best way in my opinion.

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Sil

Highly suggest trying a few from mandala even as a “newbie” to puerh. Special dark and the wild monk are both super delicious!

Sil

…..haha just saw your special dark note :) noble mark is also interesting (and on sale)

Jiāng Luo

lol yeah thanks though im debating making another purchase I literally just bought a bunch of stuff from mandala(and verdent and rishi…… and tea vivre :)

Sil

I haven’t had a chance to try many rishi teas yet but the others your mentioned are pretty tasty! :)

Jiāng Luo

Rishi tasting notes are always accurate unlike some companies cough cough verdant which seem a little far fetched so far. Anyway they hit the spot when they say smooth espresso if I were to close my eyes and drink the cup Id swear it was an oily rich smooth coffee.

Sil

Nice! I’ll have to. Add to my list for future purchases :)

Bonnie

I’m sure you’re already familiar with the puerh discussion board here on Steepster. mrmopar knows quite a bit about puerh. He even converted a full size refrigerator into a humidor for his puerh. (His real name is John) Anyway, a jewel of a guy! I’ve been drinking puerh for years now and prefer shu. After a few months I gave up on being fussy about it and followed my own instincts. Think of the workmen and women gathering on a cold day with a small fire, a pot and a chunk of puerh. Nothing fancy about it! Sometimes, a little milk or fruit goes into the pot…a spice… honey… or an herb mixture for the cold Winter as a curative. I play around with tea and learn from the experience as did the first tea drinkers. It’s the best way in my opinion.

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Reputable Companies I have narrowed down to over the years and my personal purchase preferences from each

Origin tea (Gao Shan Oolong)
-Eco Cha (Taiwanese Teas)
-Rishi (Great starter for Taste Profile Footing and high quality teaware)
-Yunnan Sourcing (Teaware, Black, Pu er)
-White2Tea (Curated Pu erh)
-Essence of tea (Curated Pu erh)
-Tea Classico (Curated Pue rh)
-Yuuki-Cha (Japanese Teas/Teaware)
-Den’s Tea (Japanese Green)
-Teavivre (Chinese Teas)
-Jing Tea (Best Chinese Teas I’ve Tasted)

“You can go a week without food, but not a day without tea."

Numerical rating personal meaning
70-75
#Bulk#
Drinkable but would not purchase

76-80
#Traveling/Tumbler/Office Tea#
Willing to pay up to $5/oz

81-84
#Staple#
Willing to pay up to $8/oz

85-89
#Reserve#
Willing to pay $10/oz

90-99
#Experience#
Priceless

I try to refrain from numerically rating a tea until I have tried brewing at least an oz of it with various different parameters and vessels (hotter/colder water, longer/shorter times, yixing/gaiwan etc)

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