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drank Pu-erh loose by Zen Tea
1700 tasting notes

This is my first Pu-erh. I’m a little nervous because people keep saying that it’s fishy.

I steeped it for 50 seconds like the package said, and then gave it a sniff. My immediate reaction? Bleeeach. I actually made a noise out loud and that’s saying something!

First sip? Oh geez. This is super fishy. And it’s thick and seaweedy and so very strange.

A few sips later – I’m not sure if this is for me.

Oh. I didn’t rinse it. So I steeped it again. Less fishy. Still seaweedy, with a darker malty taste. It’s drinkable though.

Maybe it’s an acquired taste? I keep sipping but I doubt I’ll come close to finishing my cup.

It doesn’t seem fair to rate this because I’m sure there’s nothing wrong with it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Claire

It could be due to how old the tea is. In my (limited) experience, it seems like the younger ripe puerh is, the more fishy it tastes. If the puerh was made in the last year or two it could be fishy still from the cooking process.

Cavocorax

Oh! That’s an interesting idea. Maybe I’ll bury it for 6 months and thentry again!

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Claire

It could be due to how old the tea is. In my (limited) experience, it seems like the younger ripe puerh is, the more fishy it tastes. If the puerh was made in the last year or two it could be fishy still from the cooking process.

Cavocorax

Oh! That’s an interesting idea. Maybe I’ll bury it for 6 months and thentry again!

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Tea: I just started drinking loose tea in the fall of 2012, and once I started I had to get more and more and try ALL THE TEAS. Joining Steepster made this worse/easier.

So far it seems that I prefer unflavoured black teas, although I still drink a few that are flavoured each day too. Oolongs, greens, puerhs and white teas are all very good, but I just don’t crave them as often.

Yet.

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