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This tea arrived about a week and a half ago and has been sitting in my pumidor since then. The cake was darker than I expected for being a 2013 cake and had a deep, sweet scent. It is not as thick as I expected based on the scent but it is very, very smooth. There is no dryness or roughness. When the tea first entered my mouth it had a very strong yiwu and youle soapiness. For a 2013 puerh it is quite dark and has almost no green tea flavor. This puerh is definitely in the savory not sweet category. It has a punch with a strong flavor and huigan. The aftertaste is a long, dark savory puerh flavor. It moistens the mouth while swallowing and has almost a cocoa taste. There is a woody, cork like flavor after about the 8th steeping that starts to dominate the flavor profile. Based on the deep, savory flavors while it is so young I believe it is a tea that will age well, but it is hard to tell at such a young age. Overall it is quite good, and I believe it will only get better in the coming years.

Spencer

Sounds like a great sheng with some surprises (like how dark it is for being so young). What is “huigan?” Also, how has your pumidor been working for you? Have you noticed a difference in your tea?

Insence&Tea

Huigan is a mix between sensation and taste. I usually describe it as something that starts off with a deep bitterness and then turns into a dark, sharp sweetness leaving a cooling sensation on the breath. The pumidor has been great. The teas have only been in there since christmas last year, but I am already noticing the green flavors leaving and giving way to darker, sweeter flavors and all the teas mellowing our a bit.

Spencer

That is super awesome about the pumidor! Yours inspired me to build my own (in a wine box), but I am quickly finding that I need a larger container.

Insence&Tea

Yes, I had to upgrade mine about a week after I built the original

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Spencer

Sounds like a great sheng with some surprises (like how dark it is for being so young). What is “huigan?” Also, how has your pumidor been working for you? Have you noticed a difference in your tea?

Insence&Tea

Huigan is a mix between sensation and taste. I usually describe it as something that starts off with a deep bitterness and then turns into a dark, sharp sweetness leaving a cooling sensation on the breath. The pumidor has been great. The teas have only been in there since christmas last year, but I am already noticing the green flavors leaving and giving way to darker, sweeter flavors and all the teas mellowing our a bit.

Spencer

That is super awesome about the pumidor! Yours inspired me to build my own (in a wine box), but I am quickly finding that I need a larger container.

Insence&Tea

Yes, I had to upgrade mine about a week after I built the original

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I’m new to the high quality tea world and eager to get started tasting and enjoying a whole new world of flavor. I’m a high school senior, 18 years old, and have been an avid tea drinker my whole life. Previously I would drink generic tea bags. Recently I have been getting into Gong Fu Cha and loose leaf teas. Not only do I enjoy the flavors, but the ceremony is a nice way to relax and unwind after a hard days work. I aspire to try many different teas and meet others from the tea community. If anyone has any teas they would be willing to send as samples I would be very thankful to you for helping expand my tea knowledge and pallet.

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