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Bleh! This tea is so drying and astringent, and incredibly smokey!
It’s widely available in tea shops (at least throughout the midwest), and while I commend Rishi for getting sheng pu’er out to the general public, I wish they’d found something of higher quality. just giving sheng pu’er an unnecessarily bad rap..

Really.. the main flavor is smokiness. It’s like a punch in the face that leaves my mouth and throat achingly dry, so I never really want more than a few steepings.I basically only like to use this tea as an example of what the market is currently widely offering. I make this one first for my friends at a tasting to set a benchmark. It really shows off how yummy and sweet and well-behaved my other shengs are!

Really.. the main flavor is smokiness. It’s like a punch in the face that leaves my mouth and throat achingly dry, so I never really want more than a few steepings.I basically only like to use this tea as an example of what the market is currently widely offering. I make this one first for my friends at a tasting to set a benchmark. It really shows off how yummy and sweet and well-behaved my other shengs are!I think of this tea like a rambunctious teenager. It still needs time to grow up and mellow out before it’ll be worth drinking. Then again, do I really want to invest time and money into aging this? I have other shengs that are younger than this, and they are already pleasantly drinkable, hinting at the promise of greater things to come. No matter how long you age something, you’ll never end up with something fantastic if you don’t start out with interesting material. Even if this were dirt cheap, I wouldn’t buy more for myself or ever recommend this to someone else. And it’s actually not that cheap. I feel like this will just grow into a flat, smoky, musty old sheng. If that’s the kind of thing you like (don’t set your bar so low! how about Smokey with hints of nuts? or aftertaste of apples? or a little bit of mint on the sides of the tongue??), then I guess this is what you want.

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I generally drink Chinese teas.

I love things that are interesting, that force me to stop and think about and enjoy what I’m experiencing. Even better are those teas you just have to drink with a friend so that the outpouring of tastes and memories find a sounding board in a trusted companion.

I’m into tea as an experience rather than just a thirst quenching beverage. I love to learn- there’s so much to learn about tea.

I also prefer my teas to be exceedingly delicious, if at all possible. Luckily, I have great tea friends and teachers that can hook me up with the good stuff.

Something I’ve noticed about my ratings:
I tend to use Steepster more like Yelp and less like Twitter. I’ll generally only review a tea once in its life (though that review and rating might be edited over time to reflect changes in my own understanding of it).
I do not generally log each tea I’m drinking as I drink, since that feels like a distraction- I’d rather just drink the tea!
I tend to only review teas I really love or that I really did not enjoy. If it falls somewhere in the middle of “meh” and “that was pretty good, I suppose,” then I won’t be compelled to sit down and spend time giving a nice, fleshed out review and rating.
As such, it might seem like I give out high scores willy-nilly. Instead, I’m doing my first round of rating mentally off-site, and presenting only the teas I really want to share with everyone.

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