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So I just read over the tasting notes for this tea. Should sales people from tea companies even be allowed to rate their competitor’s teas: I don’t know. It seems a bit tacky to me personally.

In any event I bought a big bag of these a few months ago in 2011. I gave some away and I only have a few left which I will save to see if and how aging changes them.

This tea benefits from a quick rinse in boiling water. They recommend steeping it for 3-4 minutes which seems like a bit extreme to me. I did mine for around 2 minutes. It’s a very dark, earthy and rich brew, no bitterness at all. OK, it does smell a tad bit fishy according to the BF but I never noticed that before. I associated it with shiitake mushrooms, coffee, chocolate and broth. Curious. I’d much rather have this than camphor any day of the week. I first started drinking tea like this when I quit drinking coffee. I was told that pu-erh has the lowest acidity of any tea. It does seem like it’s easy on my stomach. I think this is a nice little shu.

My second steep was only for around 30 seconds and it is still very flavorful. I would definitely recommend shorter steeping times with this one…

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teawing

tacky indeed…

David Duckler

Hey Amy, Do you mean Nate? He wrote that review while working for a local teahouse here in Minneapolis, which served the Rishi Tuocha. He has been helping me out for only the last few months. We used to work together at the shop- I remember when he first showed me Steepster last year, excited to start logging the teas he had tried so many times.

Charles Thomas Draper

I love the camphor….

TeaBrat

David – yes. I will say no more. :)

TeaBrat

Charles – I feel like I’m drinking a cough drop it’s ok but not my favorite thing…

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tacky indeed…

David Duckler

Hey Amy, Do you mean Nate? He wrote that review while working for a local teahouse here in Minneapolis, which served the Rishi Tuocha. He has been helping me out for only the last few months. We used to work together at the shop- I remember when he first showed me Steepster last year, excited to start logging the teas he had tried so many times.

Charles Thomas Draper

I love the camphor….

TeaBrat

David – yes. I will say no more. :)

TeaBrat

Charles – I feel like I’m drinking a cough drop it’s ok but not my favorite thing…

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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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