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I traveled to northern Minnesota to visit my parents for spring break instead of going south as most sane people do. I did bring along my yixing and my dad gave me a large chunk of this tea to try. As I am delayed from driving home due to 5 inches of snow covering icy roads on April 1st, I decided to try the adorned in red, since it is pretty obvious I am going nowhere for a while!

My first reaction upon this tea is the wonderful cedar wood like aroma and flavor this tea has. I am on a fourth steeping of this and this cedar aroma/flavor continues to present itself more subtly each steep. It is giving way to a more mellow mineral flavor in the last steeping. This is a really nice and unique pu’er. I haven’t tried anything quite like it! It is a welcome surprise as I sit here watching the snowfall wondering if I am just the unluckiest guy on the planet or if there is some celestial April Fools joke being played on me right now. Either way at least I have a great cup of tea :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I got this cake recently and it is my new favorite pu’er. It has a well rounded and smooth flavor with a creamy texture. It also holds up well to multiple steepings (I get a good six in my yixing, which is as much tea as I can handle in one sitting!) I would also recommend for people being introduced to ripe pu’er tea. It is a bit more well “behaved” than many other pu’er out there.

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Boiling

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This is a really well balanced ripe pu-erh. It is smooth and well rounded. The first steepings have some sweetness to them that gives way to hints of vegetal and earthy flavors in later steepings.

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I received one of these for my birthday this year. I had wanted one for a while, but figured that my electric tea kettle was pretty good and I never really was planning to buy a Zojirushi. Now I don’t know how to live without it. Water is ready to go when I wake up thanks to the timer feature and gone is the constant reheating water and waiting for it to cool to the right temp. This never seemed to be a big inconvenience at the time, but I don’t think I could get by with out the Zojirushi. I even bring it to work with me! The downside to this product, however, is that my tea consumption has gone way up and I have been buying much more tea than in the past!! (Although…on second thought…that really is not a downside!!)

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I am a tea lover who has been learning much about tea over the past year. I started with greens and lighter oolongs. Now shu pu’er is my tea of choice. Along the way I have encountered white, dark oolong, sheng pu’er and most recently black tea. I love them all but I generally do not care for flavored teas, as I find that they cover up the flavor of the tea. I enjoy reading reviews on steepster and find that they offer much insight on what to expect from a tea!

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Rochester, MN

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