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If you take time with tea, you can learn to listen to what it wants to say.

If you’re new to the world of tea this may seem like an odd statement. How can tea speak?

If I said that eating Turkey on Thanksgiving reminded me of my childhood home in California you would understand. And if I told you that hot chocolate with mini marshmallows on a snowy day made me think of being a kid again…picking up ice skates and going out with friends for a game of hockey…the picture would form in your mind. The Turkey and cocoa didn’t speak to me but eating and drinking them brought memories to mind.

Tea can speak to our memory also, taking us to places long forgotten but stored like jewels ready for discovery.

Pu’er tea is like an interesting memory key. The right tea opens up complex chambers often with earthy flavors that flash and turn like wood sprites.

My brewing method today was a fat 4oz white Gaiwan.
There were 7 steepings.
I played with the time beginning (after a wash) at 10 seconds then 15, 15, 20, 45, 20, 1 minute and lastly 30 seconds.
The color was light golden caramel brown changing to deep amber and back to lighter golden with the shorter steep time.

About the color: The tea glitters like the famous Amber Room of Catherine the Great!

Flavor:
The leaves smelled creamy and sweet. I wasn’t expecting the flavor to be as lightly sweet and smooth as it was for a first pour with a hint of vanilla honey.

I was tempted to drink quickly…in a hurry to jump into the pool of richer steepings. So impatient…forgetting the polite behavior required with my tea.

Someone far away had worked very hard for me to have this cup.

Slowly, I moved on to more steepings, remembering to look at the color, smell the leaves and enjoy each inhaled slurp tossed to the back of my throat. Ah yes, smooth and juicy…full of light brown sugar.

Halfway through the tasting, there were some memories of water …coastlines and trees, fields of flowers and mountains. Hum. I dismissed the thoughts.

I drank more tea, which was becoming more like clover honey mixed with light brown sugar. The flavor never became bitter even with the longest steep time and never became dry.

I looked for spice and there was a vapor…and poof, gone. I could not put my finger (or nose or mouth) on it. Some other time maybe.

At the bottom of the 5th steeping I noticed a chewiness and a golden raisin taste. “So,” I chuckled, “it couldn’t be that.” I decided to stick to my opinion though, and later when I read the notes on the Verdent Website and saw the flavor profile mention ‘Raisin’, I smiled.

Again, I was having those wandering thoughts about the Sea and Mountains but stopped this time to consider my tea and what it was saying.

The thoughts floating in and out…the pictures in my memory were of visits to family in Washington State.
It’s so GREEN there with lush forests and farms! The fields of flowers in the Skagit Valley go on forever, and there is WATER everywhere!

Why was I thinking about the seashore, green fields and the trees of Washington? Remembering sitting on a bench in Anacortes looking out to Orca’s Island with the sun glittering on the water? Sailing through the San Juan Islands? A drive up to the snowline of Mt. Baker?

It’s calming, restful and beautiful! http://flic.kr/p/dyqRX9

Was it the juiciness of the tea and the smooth slightly sweet flavor that brought me there? Was this my jewel and a gift from the tea?

I think so. I became rested and calm. Happy with my memories.

One thing that I’ve been known to do with Pu’er that has a hint of salt (there is just a hint here) and slight caramel (I think this is more buttery than caramel) is add a few grains of sugar.
Stand back and see what happens…few grains in…and..CARAMEL!
Very delicious!

I bought 1 cake and it’s fabulous! (This tasting is from a 7oz. sample I bought to go with it.)

Tamm

I loved this review! It is making me wish I had put an order in over the weekend!

Joshua Smith

Wow, this sounds really great! I just got this in today, but I opted to try a different tea first, and now I kind of regret my decision. While Shui Xian is nice, tasting an unknown tea is so much more fun!.

Anyway, I’m glad that you enjoyed it, and I can’t wait to try it in the near future.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Thanks for helping me remember to remember. This one brings me home. <3

Terri HarpLady

Nice review, as always, Bonnie. I just got a bunch of new teas in today, including this one, but it was late in the day and I have to get up early, so they all have to wait until tomorrow afternoon. Oh, the agony…

Bonnie

It will be fun to hear what everyone else experience is with this tea since we all filter through out own taste buds and experiences.

Indigobloom

sounds yummy!
Bonnie, will you take me to the mountains please?

Bonnie

I-Bloom, sure…but those are at the other end of Canada at the border with the U.S. Just hop on a ferry in Vancouver or Victoria…the San Juan Island and Puget Sound area’s are gorgeous (the Canadian and U.S. Rocky Mountains are beautiful too). Sure…come to the mountains any time!

Indigobloom

I went to Calgary once, visited Banff and it was stunning! can’t wait to go again one day

Kashyap

beautiful review

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Tamm

I loved this review! It is making me wish I had put an order in over the weekend!

Joshua Smith

Wow, this sounds really great! I just got this in today, but I opted to try a different tea first, and now I kind of regret my decision. While Shui Xian is nice, tasting an unknown tea is so much more fun!.

Anyway, I’m glad that you enjoyed it, and I can’t wait to try it in the near future.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Thanks for helping me remember to remember. This one brings me home. <3

Terri HarpLady

Nice review, as always, Bonnie. I just got a bunch of new teas in today, including this one, but it was late in the day and I have to get up early, so they all have to wait until tomorrow afternoon. Oh, the agony…

Bonnie

It will be fun to hear what everyone else experience is with this tea since we all filter through out own taste buds and experiences.

Indigobloom

sounds yummy!
Bonnie, will you take me to the mountains please?

Bonnie

I-Bloom, sure…but those are at the other end of Canada at the border with the U.S. Just hop on a ferry in Vancouver or Victoria…the San Juan Island and Puget Sound area’s are gorgeous (the Canadian and U.S. Rocky Mountains are beautiful too). Sure…come to the mountains any time!

Indigobloom

I went to Calgary once, visited Banff and it was stunning! can’t wait to go again one day

Kashyap

beautiful review

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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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