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I began this yesterday, thinking that I would like a sheng to drink through the afternoon. The dry leaf smells nothing like any of the other shengs I have written about. If anything this tea brick reminds me more of a shu than a sheng. It is earthy and not camphorous (is that a word?). The leaves are dark and look inviting.

Brewing the tea confirms that the taste is more shu than the sheng I am used to. That could simply be that I have not tried many aged shengs. As advertised the mouthfeel is full. There is a pepperiness to the taste that is pleasing alongside the earthiness, and a slightly metallic tang. This is not the stableyard that I refer to so often with shengs. Instead it is more like a freshly turned garden awaiting planting after the rain. A lingering sweet earthiness remains after the tea is drunk and my mouth feels warm. I am not blown away by this tea but it is certainly not bad either. I have enjoyed every cup so far and am on to the 10th steeping without having to increase the steeping time beyond 20 seconds yet. Perhaps it is just that I am not used to this type of storage. Time to buy more teas that have been stored similarly perhaps?

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185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Bonnie

I enjoy the thought of the garden awaiting planting after the rain. That was lovely. I hope you have that kind of day.

Roughage

My day today seems to be somewhat fallow. Too much staring at a computer screen and not enough writing being done. I should switch the router off so that I cannot “just quickly check my email, and steepster and facebook and …”. On the other hand, I have enjoyed discussions on here and FB, so it is not all bad. :-)

Jim Marks

This sounds like a tea I need to try.

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Bonnie

I enjoy the thought of the garden awaiting planting after the rain. That was lovely. I hope you have that kind of day.

Roughage

My day today seems to be somewhat fallow. Too much staring at a computer screen and not enough writing being done. I should switch the router off so that I cannot “just quickly check my email, and steepster and facebook and …”. On the other hand, I have enjoyed discussions on here and FB, so it is not all bad. :-)

Jim Marks

This sounds like a tea I need to try.

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I am a historical consultant, Vikingologist and tea enthusiast! To be honest, I have always liked decent tea, but in 2011 I started working at learning what good tea really is. I continue to expand my horizons and discover new teas with the aid of my chums on Steepster, much to the chagrin of my wife, who despairs of my enthusiasm.

My favourite teas are Darjeelings, sheng puerhs and Anji Bai Cha. I return to these every time, after whatever flirtation with other teas I have been involved with.

I no longer rate the teas I drink because keeping ratings consistent proved to be rather hard work while not really giving me anything in return.

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