Yesterday was my One year Steepster anniversary and I am almost up to 1000 tasting notes, egads!

I haven’t been drinking a lot of pu-erh lately but today it’s raining so I thought this afternoon would be great time to try this sample cake I got from Mandala. According to traditional Chinese medicine, Pu-erh is a good cure for internal dampness.

I broke off a chunk and put it in the infuser mug after a quick 10 second rinse and then steeped it for about 60 seconds. I got a medium reddish-brown liquor. This seems like a very clean tasting pu-erh… a roasted coffee aroma with very earthy & mushroomy flavors and a creamy feeling in the finish.

My second steep was for about 90 seconds and this time I got a much darker infusion. This pu-erh now reminds me of coffee even more. I really think I used way too much leaf in my infuser basket so I decided to dump this infusion out and go for one with a little less time. I wasn’t really wanting such a dark tea so I resteeped it for 30 seconds and liked it a lot better this way. I really think that pu-erhs should be more of a reddish-brown color instead of black so if mine are very dark I know I probably used too much tea.

I’m not sure I am ready to give this a numerical rating yet due to the errors but I am enjoying it. I think I will retry this on another day with a smaller leaf to water ratio. It is warming me up and nice for this icky weather…

Still going strong after 4 steeps but I will probably end here. :)

Bonnie

Happy Anniversary! My sister-in-law told me it was raining in San Jose…odd for June! Hope you have many more successful tea journeys in the coming year! Steepster wouldn’t be the same without you!

TeaBrat

thanks Bonnie. :)

Missy

Yay for one year!!

ScottTeaMan

Happy Anniversary Amy. May your second year bring you many more tea adventures! :))

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj7LRuusFqo

…….In midnights & cups of coff [eh hem] TEA! :))

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0bNq4goMx4

CHAroma

One thousand teas in a year?! Holy cow!!

Cheryl

Cure for internal dampness? Hmm…
Happy anniversary … keep up the good reviews : )

TeaBrat

@CHAroma – some of them are repeat tasting notes, I am sure
@Cheryl – I’m skeptical too but whatev. :)

Invader Zim

Over 1000 in one year!! That’s a lot! Happy anniversary!

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Bonnie

Happy Anniversary! My sister-in-law told me it was raining in San Jose…odd for June! Hope you have many more successful tea journeys in the coming year! Steepster wouldn’t be the same without you!

TeaBrat

thanks Bonnie. :)

Missy

Yay for one year!!

ScottTeaMan

Happy Anniversary Amy. May your second year bring you many more tea adventures! :))

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj7LRuusFqo

…….In midnights & cups of coff [eh hem] TEA! :))

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0bNq4goMx4

CHAroma

One thousand teas in a year?! Holy cow!!

Cheryl

Cure for internal dampness? Hmm…
Happy anniversary … keep up the good reviews : )

TeaBrat

@CHAroma – some of them are repeat tasting notes, I am sure
@Cheryl – I’m skeptical too but whatev. :)

Invader Zim

Over 1000 in one year!! That’s a lot! Happy anniversary!

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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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