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I haven’t been drinking much pu-erh lately, I think when the weather is bright and sunny I am definitely into lighter teas. But, when you live in San Francisco it seems like you are never more than a week away from more dreary fog.

I have a lot of pu-erh but this sample caught my attention when they said it tastes like a gunpowder tea. I had to steep this regular infuser mug method.

In any case — yum! Gunpowder indeed. This is a very assertive, bold tea with quite a smoky/woodsy element and a lemony “tang”. There is a bit of sweetness present, but the finish is definitely a bit astringent and palate cleansing. I think this would be a great tea to have with savory food.

For the second steep I am getting slightly more sweetness and less smoke than the first. My cup is a dark yellow and very fragrant. This is definitely a powerful, invigorating tea. The year of production was 1995, so this has a few years on it already.

I do have a lot of green pu-erhs but only one of them is a loose leaf. I am enjoying this a lot and am adding it to my Upton wish list for future reference.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec
Scott B

Dreary fog sounds nice.

TeaBrat

I will take dreary fog over sweltering heat and humidity, but sometimes going for weeks without seeing the sun is depressing.

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Scott B

Dreary fog sounds nice.

TeaBrat

I will take dreary fog over sweltering heat and humidity, but sometimes going for weeks without seeing the sun is depressing.

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty

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San Frandisco

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