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Second Review

My favorite tea’s become jewels that I drink when I want to celebrate, or as a way to beat the blues.
Last night the local wild fire smoke came down as a fog again with ash and grit. I got a huge migraine and couldn’t sleep until the wee hours. I awoke at 6 AM…too early. Four hours of sleep was not enough for me! I went back to bed, and woke up at 10:30 ready for a PU’ER! I went for this Verdant Pu’er which is one of my best tea jewels!

My mood was not fussy. I really had no patience for Gaiwans or teapots!
(Thank you David Duckler for making plain old cups and brew baskets cool to use!)

All I had to do was boil water, put the Pu’er Shu Nuggets in the Finum brew basket, rinse the Pu’er Nuggets 20 seconds(once), pour and steep 20 seconds (it’s what I did) and drink! Duh! So easy! You do this over and over and over (18 times).

My love of this Pu’er…let me count the ways…
You can’t get more smooth and mellow than this Shu. It’s so clean and cinnamon tingly on the tongue. Every steep is juicy and flavorful, rich with vanilla and pastry delight. The earthiness is in the light maltiness. (You can transform the malt into a bit of caramel if you prefer a morning latte with a bit of cream). I like the saltiness of this Pu’er and added a little sweet to add contrast. That’s the way I love my Pu’er!

Like a big footed Bengal Tiger the flavor meanders slowly along steep after steep…looking back at you now and then, keeping you aware that there is excitement along this path and you want to keep going. 18 steepings is a journey.

Now why would I liken drinking tea to a Bengal Tiger walking down a path? What a dumb thing to say!

But wait!

If you take time with tea for 5, 10, 18 steepings… it will open you up more to yourself. It’s beautiful and dangerous like a Bengal Tiger.
Worth the small effort if you’ve never tried this before!

ScottTeaMan

I can’t even imagine getting 18 steeps from any tea! What size mug did you use?

Bonnie

I kept it small and went with about 4-5oz each round. Having some mugs that hold about
the same amount as my gaiwan is useful. I have a few Verdant’s with long steeping ability.

Charles Thomas Draper

I can see 18 steeps at 20 seconds each….

TeaBrat

My attention span is never that long… :)

Bonnie

You have to be in the right mood and I was not able to go out due to smoke from the forest fires and 100 plus temperature outside!

chadao

My mouth is watering. And I’m with the others. 18 steeps is quite an accomplishment. Even with my little yixing pot, I’m too tea drunk for more after about the eighth or ninth brew :P

Bonnie

This one didn’t make me tea drunk. The Laoshan White! Wow! The xingyang 1998 zowie height ashbury …I really get buzzed!

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ScottTeaMan

I can’t even imagine getting 18 steeps from any tea! What size mug did you use?

Bonnie

I kept it small and went with about 4-5oz each round. Having some mugs that hold about
the same amount as my gaiwan is useful. I have a few Verdant’s with long steeping ability.

Charles Thomas Draper

I can see 18 steeps at 20 seconds each….

TeaBrat

My attention span is never that long… :)

Bonnie

You have to be in the right mood and I was not able to go out due to smoke from the forest fires and 100 plus temperature outside!

chadao

My mouth is watering. And I’m with the others. 18 steeps is quite an accomplishment. Even with my little yixing pot, I’m too tea drunk for more after about the eighth or ninth brew :P

Bonnie

This one didn’t make me tea drunk. The Laoshan White! Wow! The xingyang 1998 zowie height ashbury …I really get buzzed!

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Grandmother to 3 teenaged girls and 5 young boys. (we all drink tea!) I began teatime in the Summer over 30 years ago when my children were little. We took a break from play for tea and snacks every day. My children loved tea time.
There are several tea houses close to my home and a Tea Festival in Boulder. Fort Collins is a bit of a foodie town. We brew lots of Beer (Fat Tire is one brand) and have several Spice Shops (Savory was one featured on Food Network).
Colorado State University is a mile from my home and the Rocky Mountains begin to climb at the end of my street. The climate is semi-arid with LOTS OF SUN AT 5000 feet. (Heavy Winter snows start in higher elevations). Living my whole life in Northern California (Silicon Valley) I have to admit that I LOVE IT HERE!!!
I attend a wonderful Greek Orthodox Church and enjoy cooking ethnic foods (all kinds). I am disabled with Migraines and Fibromyalgia.
My family is Bi-racial (African-American, Scots) and Bi-cultural, (Peru, Cyprus, France, Mexico, Native American)
I’ve worked at a Winery, was a System Analyst, in telecom, been an Athlete and Coach, Artist, Vista Volunteer. Love healthy cooking (and delicious food!). Love to travel and have been to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Malta, Peru, Croatia, Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska

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