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7.8 g / 130 ml / 212 F / 1 wash
Steeps: 15 / 10 / 15 / 15 / 30 / 45 / 60

First steep was astringent and lacked depth of flavor. In retrospect this tea could benefit from two rinses.

The next two steeps yielded a dark, coffee-colored liquid. Astringency was diminishing and flavors were integrating such that no one thing stood out, which was enjoyable. Nice earthy aroma with no off-smells. These were my favorite steeps.

Steeps 4 and 5 were lighter in color, a reddish-brown. Astringency is gone, aroma diminishing, flavor becoming more delicate, but still enjoyable.

Steeps 6 and 7 are now a reddish-amber, aroma is faint but still slightly earthy. Flavor is very light like a green tea.

I consider this to be a decent value every day drinking tea when you don’t want to have to pay as much attention as you would a fine Pu-Erh. Caffeine level is moderate, so I could drink this after dinner and not be too wound up to go to bed three or four hours later.

Next time I would do two washes and stop drinking after the fourth steep. It might be interesting to see how this matures in another 5 years.

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SimpliciTEA

You mention doing two rinses. I have read that some Chinese Pu-urh drinkers do as many as three. So, doing a second rinse here would help mitigate the astringency?

TeaExplorer

Sorry for the delay; was AFS (away from Steepster). I don’t believe that astringency is generally reduced by additional rinses. In the case of this shu, the extra rinse helps the tea open up in preparation for a better first steep. The astringency in this particular tea diminished as the steeps went on, but that won’t always be the case with all pu-erh.

SimpliciTEA

Got it. Thanks TeaExplorer!

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SimpliciTEA

You mention doing two rinses. I have read that some Chinese Pu-urh drinkers do as many as three. So, doing a second rinse here would help mitigate the astringency?

TeaExplorer

Sorry for the delay; was AFS (away from Steepster). I don’t believe that astringency is generally reduced by additional rinses. In the case of this shu, the extra rinse helps the tea open up in preparation for a better first steep. The astringency in this particular tea diminished as the steeps went on, but that won’t always be the case with all pu-erh.

SimpliciTEA

Got it. Thanks TeaExplorer!

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I’m fairly new to the world of fine tea, having begun my exploration in earnest in mid-2013. I had given loose tea a try a decade ago but what I chose was not to my liking and I never finished the couple of hundred grams I ordered.

I’ve spent most of my life as a coffee drinker, and have studied and practiced the art and craft of coffee roasting for the past decade. I drink coffee until about noon, at which point my palate needs a change.

This eventually led me to try good quality tea one more time. The Internet is a great resource and I got pointed in a more solid direction this time. I started at Upton Tea with mostly black teas, a Jasmine-scented green and samples of some flavors. I’ve been enjoying three or four cups a day.

Then I stopped into a tiny Chinese restaurant in rural Pennsylvania and in response to my request for hot tea the proprietor brought me her personal Pu-Erh, which had just arrived from China, in a portable Gong Fu teapot. OMG … I found something new to obsess about! She kept bringing me hot water and I did multiple steeps until I could swallow no more. My research on this tea eventually led me here.

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