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I can’t seem to find a picture of this on the internet anywhere – sorry

My guy was very excited when he discovered a new tea shop in his neighborhood recently We popped on over there this afternoon and discovered this. A shu pu-erh tea brick from the Xinghai Tea factory, the Label says Gold Brick. The back of the box says 1998.

The lady who gave us this tasting was very energetic and enthusiastic about the world of tea. We also tried a Chinese green tea that was very flavorful. I did take good mental notes on how she brewed this stuff, very gently. It’s a very sweet, dark red creamy cup. Probably one of the sweeter pu-erhs I have had. It does smell a tad fishy/mushroomy etc but tastes like cherries, vanilla and honey. Redwood trees and bark. When we took this brick home I brewed some up in the Tetsubin. This is another disaster when steeped for too long and a little bit can make a huge difference. I tried it for two minutes and the result was a bitter, thickish mess that I had to throw out. I would suggest one minute or less for the first steep and nice little short infusions for 30 -45 seconds after that seem to be doing the trick very well here. A delicious tea perfect for drinking now. yummmy.

I will try to save some for the future too.

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ScottTeaMan

Amy, do you think maybe brewing it in the Tetsubin changed the flavor at all? It is insulated/coated with enamel on the inside, right? So maybe, the flavor was not changed at all. I was just thinkin’…and sometimes….that gets me into trouble. :))

TeaBrat

Scott, I don’t think so. It tastes pretty much the same as I remember it in the tea shop. But I use my tetsubin for black tea and puerh mostly.

ScottTeaMan

oh ok…..also I found this link…….Does the tea look like this?

http://www.finestfast.com/-p-76.html

There are links with this named tea, but I don’t know if it is the tea you have exactly.

TeaBrat

nope… not it

ScottTeaMan

I’ve ordered alot of tea from Upton’s, and they reformatted their settings, and some of my reviews I had posted there are gone, along with the pics. I:o/

Fair warning would’ve been nice so I could’ve saved them & posted here. It’s still possible from memory, but some nuances will be lost!

Charles Thomas Draper

I would say a 30 second steep is a good rule for something that old.

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ScottTeaMan

Amy, do you think maybe brewing it in the Tetsubin changed the flavor at all? It is insulated/coated with enamel on the inside, right? So maybe, the flavor was not changed at all. I was just thinkin’…and sometimes….that gets me into trouble. :))

TeaBrat

Scott, I don’t think so. It tastes pretty much the same as I remember it in the tea shop. But I use my tetsubin for black tea and puerh mostly.

ScottTeaMan

oh ok…..also I found this link…….Does the tea look like this?

http://www.finestfast.com/-p-76.html

There are links with this named tea, but I don’t know if it is the tea you have exactly.

TeaBrat

nope… not it

ScottTeaMan

I’ve ordered alot of tea from Upton’s, and they reformatted their settings, and some of my reviews I had posted there are gone, along with the pics. I:o/

Fair warning would’ve been nice so I could’ve saved them & posted here. It’s still possible from memory, but some nuances will be lost!

Charles Thomas Draper

I would say a 30 second steep is a good rule for something that old.

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