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Had this today and I absolutely loved it, definitely my new favorite pu-erh.

This is a green tea pu-erh cake flavored like sticky rice. The little nest is very green with a remarkable lack of odor, until it gets hit with hot water. Once the hot water hit the cake and released a hit of sweet sticky rice and tiny natural outdoorsy smell, not at all like regular pu-erh, but clean in a way that makes you almost consider not rinsing before drinking, but the directions say to rinse for 30 seconds, so I obliged.

So 30 second rinse in hot water, then 30 second infusion, hot, no additives. The tea smells just how it tastes, like sweet, starchy, sticky rice mixed with a very sweet green tea. Similar to Genmaicha, but I do like this one a lot more. There is no earthy flavor or smell, this tea is the most mild pu-erh I have ever had (in cake form – as in the Chocolate Pu-Erh I rave about is actually more mild of a pu-erh, but I digress). You really still get the mouth-feel and richness of a pu-erh, but the lack of the fishy, outdoors odor and flavor really makes this one of the greatest pu-erhs I have ever had.

That being said, I believe this is my first green pu-erh cake and I should expand my horizons and not be so terrified of pu-erh, but I will definitely be buying more of these from Chicago Tea Garden…

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Cofftea

Whoa a 30 sec rinse?! When I try this, I think I’m gonna stick w/ my 10-15 sec. rinse. Glad to hear it still has a lot of flavor though!:)

Cinoi

It really does, I didn’t even mention,but I got three infusions out of it, even after the 30 second rinse :)

I do not like the earthy smell and taste, so I usually do longer rinses, usually 30-45 seconds, then an equal infusion. Here I was kind of winging it, like I said, I never had a green pu-erh and am just learning…

Cofftea

Yeah shengs are totally different… as in I actually like them. lol! Actually I didn’t even realize this was a sheng til now.

Madison Bartholemew

that sounds pretty fantastic!

Cinoi

Sad, I really wanted this tea this morning, but forced myself to save my last little nest…going to have to reorder soon, haha

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Cofftea

Whoa a 30 sec rinse?! When I try this, I think I’m gonna stick w/ my 10-15 sec. rinse. Glad to hear it still has a lot of flavor though!:)

Cinoi

It really does, I didn’t even mention,but I got three infusions out of it, even after the 30 second rinse :)

I do not like the earthy smell and taste, so I usually do longer rinses, usually 30-45 seconds, then an equal infusion. Here I was kind of winging it, like I said, I never had a green pu-erh and am just learning…

Cofftea

Yeah shengs are totally different… as in I actually like them. lol! Actually I didn’t even realize this was a sheng til now.

Madison Bartholemew

that sounds pretty fantastic!

Cinoi

Sad, I really wanted this tea this morning, but forced myself to save my last little nest…going to have to reorder soon, haha

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I am a sarcastic perfectionist, a computer nerd, a game geek, an avid reader, a gadget guru, a wine (and tea) enthusiast, and (in my spare time) a chemist.

As I mentioned, I am a chemist, research and development to be exact, so when evaluating tea, it is much like evaluating my products: I will find the flaws and do my very best to fix them because it is what I love to do. Along those lines, nothing is perfect, but can have perfect qualities, I will highlight those also.

I made a preliminary guide to my rating scale:
0-19 – Did not like anything about the tea, feel it cannot be saved without being reformulated.
20-40 – Did not like the tea, it can be saved with extreme amounts of tweaking (i.e., sugar, milk, honey and or blending with another tea)
41-60 – Neutral about the tea, it can be helped or hurt by additives or blends, varied temperatures and steep times
61-70 – Decent tea, needs a little bit of help to get it in the place I like it, but definitely not out of reach
71-80 – Quality tea, liked it, will try again
81-90 – Really enjoyed the tea, high quality, will continue to drink the tea, not looking for something better
91-100 – Loved the tea, will continue to brew and drink and spread the word about the tea to everyone

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