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I bought some samples from Zhi Zheng a month or so ago, as a result of the ongoing discussion on the puerh of the day thread. Fortunately, I was able to sneak them into the house without comment on the part of my better half. This is the first one that I have opened, because I have had a cold for the past seven or eight weeks, so my palate has been rather poor. I wanted to save them for when I could taste them, and decided that today was the day. So, into the pot with the leaves.

The leaves are quite loose in the block that the sample came in. They are also large and there is a slight tobacco smell to them when dry. The wet leaf has a dark, slightly earthy aroma. The liquor is amber in colour and I struggle to pin down what the aroma is. I think my nose is still not at its best! The tea itself is smooth and calming. It has a rounded mouthfeel with a slight edge of bitterness/astringency that only briefly makes itself felt, settling down to a very relaxing brew. I’m on my sixth cup now and it is still going strong. I think I may be drinking this for the rest of the day.

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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

Dr. Who and Dr. PU…The cure for what ails you! Feel better my friend!

Roughage

I still have to find time to watch Dr Who. Most miffed that I am too busy at the moment with looming deadlines like giant trains heading towards me! The tea has certainly helped today, so I feel sure that Dr Who will be the final cure.

mrmopar

Hah! I know all about sneaking in things! Now you have me headed to another site. Of course I get to blame this on you! Hope you feel better I still have the Christmas offer open from a year or two ago .

Charles Thomas Draper

I love their tea. I have never seen this one…

Roughage

mrmopar: you know, I really should take you up on that one, thank you. Also, feel free to blame me. I am on the other side of the pond, so it should be too far for your wife to be willing to travel just to tell me off! :)

Charles: I could not actually find it on their website through the normal process but googled it and found it that way.

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Bonnie

Dr. Who and Dr. PU…The cure for what ails you! Feel better my friend!

Roughage

I still have to find time to watch Dr Who. Most miffed that I am too busy at the moment with looming deadlines like giant trains heading towards me! The tea has certainly helped today, so I feel sure that Dr Who will be the final cure.

mrmopar

Hah! I know all about sneaking in things! Now you have me headed to another site. Of course I get to blame this on you! Hope you feel better I still have the Christmas offer open from a year or two ago .

Charles Thomas Draper

I love their tea. I have never seen this one…

Roughage

mrmopar: you know, I really should take you up on that one, thank you. Also, feel free to blame me. I am on the other side of the pond, so it should be too far for your wife to be willing to travel just to tell me off! :)

Charles: I could not actually find it on their website through the normal process but googled it and found it that way.

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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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