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I have been aging this one for a few years now. I have expanded my puerh horizons but I am far from an expert. There are so many flavors I can not equate with something else for a description, especially in a sheng.

I like to steep a shu puerh a nice long time, relatively speaking, and I don’t mind if the cup is inky black. I like it, whether it is horsey, mushroom-y, cedar-y, fallen leaves on a wet woodland path, or leather and barn. I don’t like fishy, not at all.

With a sheng I like to keep things a little milder. This one has now been steeped about nine times and it is still going. The color remains a light amber, and the flavor is hard for me to pinpoint. There is definitely a mineral aspect, like wet stone in a forest with deep shade, a fresh and natural taste, and a muted vegetal flavor. The minty flavor of a few years ago is no longer apparent to me, which could be due to my cold, but I think my sense of taste has come back. I am not getting camphor at all. I have a bit left to continue aging. It will be fun to see if it changes further.

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about four years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens.

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