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drank Maiden's Ecstasy by Samovar
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Another tea from Samovar-pusher Takgoti. ;P

So this is the first genuine pu-erh tea I’ve had the chance to try (Numi’s Chocolate Pu-erh was nice but not really the same thing) and I was really excited about it. I heated the mug and I gave the leaves a rinse with boiling water before steeping it. At first it smelled like fish, and not fresh fish either, but several weeks old rotting fish. Yeah, ew. Thankfully as the tea steeped the scent slowly changed to something earthy-smelling.

The taste is quite earthy too, but not like just regular dirt – it’s a rich, loamy dirt full of decaying plant matter…I made it sound gross didn’t I? Sorry, it’s the ecology student in me talking. It’s a powerfully strong, ‘dark’ tea that I find I can’t drink quickly, but small sips seem to work – problem is, it’s getting cold. I am noticing that as the tea cools a bit of a sweetness creeps in aswell.

This is a fascinating tea and I’m glad I got the chance to try it. Do I like it? I’m not sure to be honest. I think pu-erh might be an acquired taste, though I’ll certainly strive to acquire it! ;)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Jason

Ha, she is such a pusher, isn’t she!

takgoti

Hahaha! I do think that straight pu-erh does require some acquisition of taste. I do think that it’s also one of those things that not everyone will like, but it sounds like it could be something you might.

Is it wrong that your “rich, loamy” dirt description actually sounded appealing to me?

And I might add at this point, missy, that the Samovar teas I sent to you were ones that you requested!

Jillian

Oh definitely, and I’m not regretting asking for them. And while I’m not raving over all of them, there’s not a bad tea in the bunch. :)

takgoti

Whee! I’ll take it!

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Jason

Ha, she is such a pusher, isn’t she!

takgoti

Hahaha! I do think that straight pu-erh does require some acquisition of taste. I do think that it’s also one of those things that not everyone will like, but it sounds like it could be something you might.

Is it wrong that your “rich, loamy” dirt description actually sounded appealing to me?

And I might add at this point, missy, that the Samovar teas I sent to you were ones that you requested!

Jillian

Oh definitely, and I’m not regretting asking for them. And while I’m not raving over all of them, there’s not a bad tea in the bunch. :)

takgoti

Whee! I’ll take it!

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I’m a university student in her twenties who’s currently working her way toward a Bachelor of Natural Resource Science degree. I love both science and science-fiction and I’m a history nut on top of that. Maybe I should just call myself a nerd and leave it there. ;)

I’ve been drinking tea since I was young but it’s only in the past couple years that I’ve become interested in the good-quality stuff.

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