I followed the instructions on the verdant site, to brew this tea gongfu style. The wet leaf is of an old ancient pine forest, deep and earthy, black as night. It’s a smell I love.

The flavor is both bright and dark, if that makes sense. Very earthy, a little drying, slightly sweet, and there is the ‘fresh’ sensation of mint, but not the flavor.

I’d like to say, at this point, that I’m hypersensitive to a lot of weird things. A few days ago I drank a puerh that made my head feel numb. This one is doing the same thing, only in a much crazier way. I don’t feel that I’m in any danger, but I am going to put the tea away for now. I am going to describe what’s going on, because I want to know if anyone else has ever experienced anything like this from drinking puerh.

As a preface, a little personal history. In my youth I did a lot of hallucinogens, especially of the fungal nature. (I’ve been drug free for 29 years) Having said that, right now I feel like I’m on a mild shroom trip. My entire brain is tingling, especially in the 3rd eye area (front and back), & I feel a little numb mentally, but also strangely alert. If I didn’t have students coming soon, this would be a good time to go sit in meditation. With my eyes closed, this actually feels really good. With my eyes open, I’m having some photo-sensitivity (which I have sometimes anyway). I’m not having any other visual distortions, but the tingling/cooling sensation is also spreading, first down my spine, and also throughout my body.

Again, I don’t think I’m in any danger, I just feel weird. Maybe this is what they call ‘Chaqui’?

Claire

I’ve had some “tea drunk” feelings before with really good pu’erhs and oolongs. Mostly I just get really drowsy and blissful.

Terri HarpLady

Not all Puerhs effect me this way. So far, it’s this one and Puerh Poe from Adagio, and one other, but I don’t know which one. I just started a list in my Tea Journal. I’ve drank several others and not had this effect. It’s like a 3rd eye stimulant, and the tingling has subsided, leaving behind a mild headache, drowsiness, & some of my typical migraine symptoms: difficulty focusing my eyes, & sensitivity to sound & light. I’d go lay down & take a nap, but I have students all afternoon (until 7).

The funny thing is, part of me wants to do a couple steepings, just to see if the numbness returns, LOL.

Claire

I actually got a scratchy feeling in the back of my throat with this same pu’erh, and I thought it was an allergic reaction at first.

Bonnie

First I’d ask if it only happens when you drink tea. If not I’d go to a doctor. If so, the feeling in the head feels like a numbness for me sometimes, and I think I feel it more than some people because of my brain issues. Having an empty stomach can increase the feelings too or give nausea. I get good feelings from puerh that help my migraines most of the time. Don’t drink your puerh too fast. Too much other tea also. Too much caffeine is as bad as too little for people with migraines.

inguna

Sounds like some sort of allergic reaction.
I’ve had problem with migraines as well so I really sympathize. It is not fun at all.
Tea Trail 2004: Willow Grove Workshop, however, is one of my favorits from Verdant Tea.

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Claire

I’ve had some “tea drunk” feelings before with really good pu’erhs and oolongs. Mostly I just get really drowsy and blissful.

Terri HarpLady

Not all Puerhs effect me this way. So far, it’s this one and Puerh Poe from Adagio, and one other, but I don’t know which one. I just started a list in my Tea Journal. I’ve drank several others and not had this effect. It’s like a 3rd eye stimulant, and the tingling has subsided, leaving behind a mild headache, drowsiness, & some of my typical migraine symptoms: difficulty focusing my eyes, & sensitivity to sound & light. I’d go lay down & take a nap, but I have students all afternoon (until 7).

The funny thing is, part of me wants to do a couple steepings, just to see if the numbness returns, LOL.

Claire

I actually got a scratchy feeling in the back of my throat with this same pu’erh, and I thought it was an allergic reaction at first.

Bonnie

First I’d ask if it only happens when you drink tea. If not I’d go to a doctor. If so, the feeling in the head feels like a numbness for me sometimes, and I think I feel it more than some people because of my brain issues. Having an empty stomach can increase the feelings too or give nausea. I get good feelings from puerh that help my migraines most of the time. Don’t drink your puerh too fast. Too much other tea also. Too much caffeine is as bad as too little for people with migraines.

inguna

Sounds like some sort of allergic reaction.
I’ve had problem with migraines as well so I really sympathize. It is not fun at all.
Tea Trail 2004: Willow Grove Workshop, however, is one of my favorits from Verdant Tea.

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!

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