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This cake arrived in the mail dry as a bone and hard as rock. I wanted to do some experimenting with storage and aging without ruining a good/expensive cake. This cake was a cheap buy off of Amazon (don’t judge me!) so I went for it. Plus, you know, two day shipping. Anyway, I did have some the very first day it arrived, and it was just “ok.” I put it in a crock inside my makeshift pumidor, and waited a few weeks. Came back to it tonight. The cake is more fragrant, more pliable, and has definitely improved a bit. I know I should have waited longer, but I was in the mood to try it again so I did. 6g, boiling, gongfu, short steeps. 3 rinses. Earth, peat, wood, mushrooms. Not much sweetness. It’s slightly sour (probably fermentation) in early steeps, but mellows out later. I do know that I will continue to re-visit this tea over the course of several months, and it should be interesting.

boychik

very interesting. let us know the progress

Brian Dougher

Mine definitely kept getting better over the months after I purchased it. I probably sipped on it for about 6 months and just finished it off recently. About middle-end it turned into one of my favorite shou puerhs. In addition to the flavors you described I got vanilla and cinnamon, and some sweetness. Never completely lost that fermentation flavor but it definitely subsided quite a bit.

curlygc

Good to know, thanks Brian!

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I scored this pu’er at the World Tea Expo, but it looks like LongRun sells their teas on Amazon.

This raw pu’er starts off with an unripe sour fruit flavor and smoke with a moderate dryness. With each infusion the pu’er gets more peachy sweet with wisps of smoke. Lots of tea drunk in this one as I had constant thoughts of Bigfoots.

I steeped this with boiling water, though I think I need to try it with cooler water for less dryness.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2011-chunhui-unfermented-sheng-puer-from-longrun-tea-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
Stephanie

Bigfoots lol

curlygc

I’m considering purchasing one of their fermented cakes from Amazon. 357 grams is a lot of tea to have if it isn’t good though.

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

I tasted one of their ripe cakes at WTE, I don’t which one it was but it was so so. Too bad they don’t do samples of the cakes. I got a whole bunch of instant pu’er and pu’er tea bag samples though (I question how those will taste!)

curlygc

Oh dear, instant pu’er sounds…. nope, lol! I went ahead and ordered the 2011 Chun Hui ripe cake. Will post a review here once I get it. If it’s a halfway decent morning drinker, I’ll be happy.

Brian Dougher

I just finished off a 2011 Chun Hui ripe cake. It was great. Very rich, creamy and delicious. If you don’t like it I’ll glady buy it from you @curlygc :)

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

Oooh that sounds good @Brian! Now I’m tempted too

curlygc

I will let you both know if it doesn’t work out, I’m always up for a tea trade. It just got delivered today and I’m still at work (not working, clearly), so I’ve not had a chance to try it. Ah, new tea… makes every day like Christmas!

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Has citrusy notes to it. Smooth and robust, rich reddish brown tea soup the first 3 cups, afterward the color lessens to a rust brown and becomes exceptionally mellow.

Can easily get 5-6 16oz cups per 3-5 gram steeping. Wash for about 20 seconds. Let sit wet for a minute, when you add hot water, you need to pour. This tea steeps FAST. Too long, the tea becomes VERY potent.

I would say this has a high caffeine level. Very invigorating.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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