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The tea is packaged as shown in the photo. Very cute little packets that are shaped into the form of a small nest. The dry tea smells like straw. It isn’t, however, offensive and barn-like as some other pu erhs tend to be.

I rinsed for a few seconds prior to steeping and was surprised by the amount of small pieces of tea that were washed away. After a relatively short steep, this tea does indeed smell like buttered popcorn. The taste is somewhat different. It’s somewhat earthy, yet with a little kick to it. I don’t think I would consider it a spearmint flavor as the description mentions, but there’s something wildly unmatched to the scent coming out. It’s as if the tea peaks mid sip then lingers a bit on the tongue.

I resteeped this twice. The second steep was too strong. I let it stay in the water for 45 seconds and the liquor was dark brown and a bit straw like in flavor. I didn’t care too much for it. The third steep produced a much more muted flavor. With the overwhelming scent diminished, the flavor is easier to detect. It is earthy, but not in a musty, dirty way as with other pu erhs. Instead, it was pretty good, all things considered.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Jenn

This sounds like a very interesting tea! I’m so glad to see you here and I hope all is well with you :)

QuiltGuppy

It was a part of the Steepster November box. It was surprisingly good for a pu erh. I hope that you’re doing well, too! :)

Spoonvonstup

just curious- did you use the whole toucha in your steeping? I usually start with half, and find it’s enough.

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Jenn

This sounds like a very interesting tea! I’m so glad to see you here and I hope all is well with you :)

QuiltGuppy

It was a part of the Steepster November box. It was surprisingly good for a pu erh. I hope that you’re doing well, too! :)

Spoonvonstup

just curious- did you use the whole toucha in your steeping? I usually start with half, and find it’s enough.

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I’m a middle school teacher of French, Spanish, ESL and reading intervention. I’m also a mom to two young children.

I’ve always been a tea lover. When I lived in France during college, I really loved the tisanes. Over the past couple of years, I’ve branched off into loose teas. I’m not very knowledgeable about teas, but I’m really loving the learning process!

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