I am really determined to be a pu person. It reminds me a lot of when I started drinking wine, and I thought the Moscatos and Masvasias were the end-all, be-all of wines. Then as I got further along my wine spectrum, I started appreciating the heartier, heavier ones that tasted awful to me at the beginning. Instinct tells me that that will happen with tea too, and I’m pushing ahead to get there.

So, this tea. I used all of the envelope, because it looked like a single serving. Now I know it was probably WAY overleafed, which explains a lot. It was crazy dark. I didn’t even let it steep, because as soon as I put the water in, it was dark like tobacco juice (ever have a grasshopper spit on you?)

I remember back when I was just getting weaned from tea bags, the thought of a tea tasting like sweet potatoes made me go “yeah, right” – and now I drink teas like that just about daily. So I was a bit “yeah right”-y about the whole leather, barnyard, tobacco, etc. profile. But it’s there. No fishy smell or flavor, which was nice.

Anyway, I drank it until I gave out. It didn’t. So I set the gaiwan in the fridge and will play with it again today.

The funny part was, my 18-year-old daughter came by and tried it, and liked it right away.

Cameron B.

Hey, don’t hate on the Moscatos! ;)

(I’m not a wine person but I like those, lol…)

Marzipan

Still like those too!

Cameron B.

Did you use the parameters from TeaVivre’s website? I still need to try my sample of this. :D

Marzipan

I looked but didn’t see any, here or there. So I was just winging it. Maybe I just missed them.

Cameron B.

Hah, that’s awesome. You’re right, this one doesn’t have ant instructions on their website. I guess I’ll wing it too later. :P

Marzipan

If I could go back, I would use half of what I used.

Cameron B.

I can usually get two or three servings out of their little sample pouches, so that sounds about right.

Mandy

I thought the typically excepted method was 1g:1oz? How much water did you use? If you used a cup then the amount should have been about right. Rinse a couple times, and then ~20 sec infusions is what I did

Stephanie

Puerhs are kind of hard to measure!

Sil

..and when you think it’s aaaalll done. throw the rest in to a cold brew overnight :)

boychik

And you need scale! Once you get it you will wonder how you lived without it. Same goes for variable temp kettle

Marzipan

I have a scale and a variable temp, but couldn’t find any brewing parameters for this one. Nothing on the package, their site, or here.

boychik

Usually 1g for 1oz
This one I use 10g for 4-5 oz because its nuggets
http://yunnansourcing.com/en/ripepu-erh/2680-yong-de-lao-cha-tou-ripe-pu-erh-tea-nuggets.html
I like 5-7g for 4-5oz
Have you seen Brenden of WP started a new thread today abt gongfu puer? Very informative

mrmopar

I second the scale as puerh can vary a lot. What looks like 10 grams could be 15. I would get one with a “tare” function so you can put the leaf directly in the brewing vessel.

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Cameron B.

Hey, don’t hate on the Moscatos! ;)

(I’m not a wine person but I like those, lol…)

Marzipan

Still like those too!

Cameron B.

Did you use the parameters from TeaVivre’s website? I still need to try my sample of this. :D

Marzipan

I looked but didn’t see any, here or there. So I was just winging it. Maybe I just missed them.

Cameron B.

Hah, that’s awesome. You’re right, this one doesn’t have ant instructions on their website. I guess I’ll wing it too later. :P

Marzipan

If I could go back, I would use half of what I used.

Cameron B.

I can usually get two or three servings out of their little sample pouches, so that sounds about right.

Mandy

I thought the typically excepted method was 1g:1oz? How much water did you use? If you used a cup then the amount should have been about right. Rinse a couple times, and then ~20 sec infusions is what I did

Stephanie

Puerhs are kind of hard to measure!

Sil

..and when you think it’s aaaalll done. throw the rest in to a cold brew overnight :)

boychik

And you need scale! Once you get it you will wonder how you lived without it. Same goes for variable temp kettle

Marzipan

I have a scale and a variable temp, but couldn’t find any brewing parameters for this one. Nothing on the package, their site, or here.

boychik

Usually 1g for 1oz
This one I use 10g for 4-5 oz because its nuggets
http://yunnansourcing.com/en/ripepu-erh/2680-yong-de-lao-cha-tou-ripe-pu-erh-tea-nuggets.html
I like 5-7g for 4-5oz
Have you seen Brenden of WP started a new thread today abt gongfu puer? Very informative

mrmopar

I second the scale as puerh can vary a lot. What looks like 10 grams could be 15. I would get one with a “tare” function so you can put the leaf directly in the brewing vessel.

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