I recently received an email from Kim at Old Wilmington Tea Co with some steeping suggestions for this tea and today we finally got a propane delivery so I could run the stove to boil water. Huzzah!

1st Infusion: 4 minutes, boiling water
Here goes the campfire again. I love the bright amber color of the liquor. The smokiness is accented by a strong astringency. It’s a great compliment to the lemon chicken I got from the local Chinese restaurant though!

2nd Infusion: 8 minutes, boiling water
This time the liquor is a bright golden-honey color. It’s still smokey but the bitterness has been replaced by a surprising sweetness. Wish I had some rice left from lunch to go with this.

I don’t think I could drink this very often but I’m kind of glad I gave it a try. It has definitely helped round out my tea experience…and taught me that I will never EVER try Lapsang Suchon!

Edit: oops, didn’t mean to hit the rating bar on this. Please ignore the rating, there’s no way to reset it unfortunately :(

Preparation
Boiling
Cofftea

I wouldn’t bank on their steeping suggestions. You might want to try 1g of leaf per 1oz of boiling water (or just below boiling to save health benefits) rinsed for 10-20sec. Dump and boil more water (same amount) and steep for 20sec. You can drink this infusion. Continue steeping using the same steeping parameters til you find the flavors to be too weak, then increase the steeping time by 10 sec.

Jenn-cha

This wasn’t the directions on the site, she emailed me directly after reading my review from my first try with this tea for which, incidentally, I used a very similar technique as the one you just described. While the first steep this time tasted very much like the three steepings I did before I did prefer the second steep of this session with its sweetness.

Auggy

Always nice to see green pu-erh reviews. One day I’m going to man up and actually try one! (Also, I think if you edit the log, a little gray X will show up next to the Your Rating label and if you click that, the rating bar will reset.)

Cofftea

Auggy, you should take advantage of this http://steepster.com/discuss/507-free-with-puerh-puerh-knife-or-southeastern-enthnic-art-mini-tote then you have the Pu Erh knife right away (and free!). I got the $9.99 4 sheng (20g ea.) sampler.

Jenn-cha

Thank you Auggy! I never noticed that little x before, probably because it’s so tiny!

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Cofftea

I wouldn’t bank on their steeping suggestions. You might want to try 1g of leaf per 1oz of boiling water (or just below boiling to save health benefits) rinsed for 10-20sec. Dump and boil more water (same amount) and steep for 20sec. You can drink this infusion. Continue steeping using the same steeping parameters til you find the flavors to be too weak, then increase the steeping time by 10 sec.

Jenn-cha

This wasn’t the directions on the site, she emailed me directly after reading my review from my first try with this tea for which, incidentally, I used a very similar technique as the one you just described. While the first steep this time tasted very much like the three steepings I did before I did prefer the second steep of this session with its sweetness.

Auggy

Always nice to see green pu-erh reviews. One day I’m going to man up and actually try one! (Also, I think if you edit the log, a little gray X will show up next to the Your Rating label and if you click that, the rating bar will reset.)

Cofftea

Auggy, you should take advantage of this http://steepster.com/discuss/507-free-with-puerh-puerh-knife-or-southeastern-enthnic-art-mini-tote then you have the Pu Erh knife right away (and free!). I got the $9.99 4 sheng (20g ea.) sampler.

Jenn-cha

Thank you Auggy! I never noticed that little x before, probably because it’s so tiny!

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I prefer loose-leaf teas but I do like to keep some tea bags around for travel. I prefer black teas (especially Yunnans), dark oolongs, and pu’erh. My #1 favorite is Jasmine Golden Yunnan from thepuriTea.com.

Most used pots:

12oz blue tetsubin (1.75-2.0 grams of leaf. teas steeped in this get a spoon-full of sugar)

10oz green tetsubin (1.55-1.65 grams of leaf. teas steeped in this get less than a spoon-full of sugar)

5oz gaiwan (4.0-4.15 grams of leaf. no sugar)

4oz gaiwan (2.5-3 grams of leaf. no sugar)

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