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Purchased October 2013 from Upton. This was the only Pu-erh I ever had prior to finding Steepster. Now look at my cupboard! My taste buds thank all of you Steepster-ites who have since expanded my horizons. My wallet silently curses you.

Steeping Western style, per Upton’s recommendations, does not do this tea any favors. Gong Fu style at 10/20/30.. seconds, however, brings out a few interesting notes. The main aroma and flavor centers around shiitake mushrooms, with hints of wood, mineral, pepper and citrus making guest appearances in the cup.

Although this sounds interesting my final note reads “Overall not a bad shu, but not one I’d stock.” Compared to the various shu I’ve been introduced to here on Steepster this is just average at best and no longer holds my interest. As an entry point into the world of Pu-erh, however, it served it’s purpose.

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TheTeaFairy

Yes I hear you…the wallet curse is the price to pay (no pun intended) for expanded horizons. But isn’t it worth it??? I say, hell yeah!

TeaExplorer

Oh, it’s absolutely worth it. But I’ve stooped to intercepting the mailman at the curb and secreting packages away in my shop until my wife goes to bed. It makes me feel dirty … so very dirty =:-{

TheTeaFairy

Hahaha, OMG, I can sooo relate to that one…

Stephanie

I found this to be a drinkable but kinda boring shu myself :) I’ve moved on to better things as well!

Terri HarpLady

It’s a good thing Tony & I live in separate houses. He has no idea of the extent of my tea fetish!

TeaExplorer

Stephanie: Judging by the handful of very nice Pu-erh in your cupboard, I’m not surprised you found it boring as well.

Terri: “Tea fetish” – I love it! That totally sounds like something that should be kept hidden =:0

mrmopar

At least I am not the ONLY one that has to intercept packages. I have been busted two days in a row this week……..

Stephanie

I am always very clear on days like today when I got tea in the mail that it was TOTALLY free and no I am not blowing all my money on tea, hahah

mrmopar

Yeah I tried that “free” with only $29.99 shipping. Didn’t work.

Stephanie

Haaaaa!! Today I literally got free tea from Della Terras Facbook promotion so it was legit ;)

boychik

I keep saying to my hubby that its just samples. I order to my grandma address ( she lives on the same block). Some times I feel that I’m a squirrel hiding my stush everywhere. The most important thing not to forget where;)

Terri HarpLady

My sons (21 & 24) often intercept the mail.
“Mom, you have MORE TEA
“must be a trade from one of my Canadian Friends.”
“It’s from China”
“I have friends there too…”

TeaExplorer

“I have friends there too…”
Hilarious! I’ve been chuckling over that for the past five minutes =:-D

Terri HarpLady

I do!! There’s Angel of TeaVivre!! She’s sent me things, although admittedly not all of them were free…

Terri HarpLady

Master Han, the Li family, & all the other Peeps mentions on the Verdant site…I mean I’ve never met them, but I’ve never met any of you guys either, still I Love you all!

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TheTeaFairy

Yes I hear you…the wallet curse is the price to pay (no pun intended) for expanded horizons. But isn’t it worth it??? I say, hell yeah!

TeaExplorer

Oh, it’s absolutely worth it. But I’ve stooped to intercepting the mailman at the curb and secreting packages away in my shop until my wife goes to bed. It makes me feel dirty … so very dirty =:-{

TheTeaFairy

Hahaha, OMG, I can sooo relate to that one…

Stephanie

I found this to be a drinkable but kinda boring shu myself :) I’ve moved on to better things as well!

Terri HarpLady

It’s a good thing Tony & I live in separate houses. He has no idea of the extent of my tea fetish!

TeaExplorer

Stephanie: Judging by the handful of very nice Pu-erh in your cupboard, I’m not surprised you found it boring as well.

Terri: “Tea fetish” – I love it! That totally sounds like something that should be kept hidden =:0

mrmopar

At least I am not the ONLY one that has to intercept packages. I have been busted two days in a row this week……..

Stephanie

I am always very clear on days like today when I got tea in the mail that it was TOTALLY free and no I am not blowing all my money on tea, hahah

mrmopar

Yeah I tried that “free” with only $29.99 shipping. Didn’t work.

Stephanie

Haaaaa!! Today I literally got free tea from Della Terras Facbook promotion so it was legit ;)

boychik

I keep saying to my hubby that its just samples. I order to my grandma address ( she lives on the same block). Some times I feel that I’m a squirrel hiding my stush everywhere. The most important thing not to forget where;)

Terri HarpLady

My sons (21 & 24) often intercept the mail.
“Mom, you have MORE TEA
“must be a trade from one of my Canadian Friends.”
“It’s from China”
“I have friends there too…”

TeaExplorer

“I have friends there too…”
Hilarious! I’ve been chuckling over that for the past five minutes =:-D

Terri HarpLady

I do!! There’s Angel of TeaVivre!! She’s sent me things, although admittedly not all of them were free…

Terri HarpLady

Master Han, the Li family, & all the other Peeps mentions on the Verdant site…I mean I’ve never met them, but I’ve never met any of you guys either, still I Love you all!

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Fond of Puerh (raw and ripe), Yunnan Blacks, Oolongs. Occasionally drink Assam, Darjeeling, Keemun. Not a fan of flavored teas.

Taking a break from swapping for a while. The generosity of the Steepsterites has overwhelmed me, so now I need to focus on drinking what I have.

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