Usually when I think of a Puer tuocha, I’m thinking of a cute little bird nest of tea, just right to drop into my filter & steep. That has been my experience so far. The ones I’ve had up until now have been Shu tuochas, none of them spectacular, but good to experience.

I ordered a couple of these Lao Tong Zhi ‘11 Shengs, thinking they would be those cute little nests. I would drink one, and save the others to drink a year from now, etc. Each one actually weighs about 100g! So I’ll really have an opportunity to let them age for quite some time.

My first steeping of this:
5g + 4oz (rinse) + 4 sec = a very strong, green, rustic & brassy brew!
Very intensive, with a sharp flavor & acidity, kind of like mustard greens. It definitely had a rawness to it, and a strong taste of wood.
Interesting sensations? Yes, I felt a mild itching in my lymph nodes on my neck, and my ears started popping (like when you’re flying), and a little of the head buzz. I don’t know much about puer yet, but I do agree that this one has potential, and it will be fun to see how it progresses, I’m especially interesting in seeing how it mellows over the coming years.
Later Steepings: after about 4 or 6 steepings (who’s counting?), all the brassiness disappears and a sudden delicate sweetness was there, that honestly was completely unexpected & very nice.
NOTE to self: go back down to 4g on puer for awhile, you crazy mad scientist!

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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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