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I am drinking this as a sample from the Puerh for Beginners TTB. I have been slow on trying the raw puerh’s from that box because of my stomach (Ulcerative Colitis) being in a rough spot over most of the winter and spring. But now, I am currently in a remission period so I am able to venture out into raws a little more.

I put my 4g sample into my 100 ml gaiwan but didn’t fill it up all the way due to a smaller amount of tea available. Set my kettle for 190F.

One rinse of about 5 seconds followed by a first steep of 15 seconds. Light straw color. Very light flavor… can’t quite place it yet as it seems a bit thin. Something is there though. Maybe a stone fruit note.

2nd steep, 15 seconds. Same color. Noticing a slight sweet note right along side an undertone of bitter. But not much. Almost not noticeable if you weren’t looking for it. I got a little drying effect as well. But there is a lingering sweetness after drinking.

3rd steep, 20 seconds. I think next steep I am going to make a steep jump in steep time. I keep getting a very similar flavor and mouth coating. It is not a bad thing but just fairly light and underhanded. Perhaps I am used to ripe and black tea with the over handed in your face flavor and this is just how raw puerh is supposed to be?

4th steep, 30 seconds. I am getting a little bit of a fruity floral after taste on this one though. It is pleasant.

I’m stepping away for a while now. There might be a slight stomach tinge that I am going to keep an eye on. Plus, I have things to go and do currently :)

To be continued!

Flavors: Bitter, Drying, Floral, Stonefruits, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 90 ML
mtchyg

Yeah… unfortunately my stomach didn’t react great. Hard to say if it was due to the tea or other factors though. Could be coincidental I suppose.

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I found this ripe puer very clean in taste. The notes are earthy, woodsy, cherry, and sweet. No funk, dry, fish, or anything weird. It is also a ripe puer that doesn’t have wet storage, library book, rotting leaves, and compost flavors that some prefer.

It is a good new to puer tea or for someone who wants super clean taste.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/new-black-ripe-puer-misty-peak-teas/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 1 OZ / 15 ML

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This tea tasted pretty good. The fermentation was not overpowering or fishy or even really unpleasant. There was a bittersweet note at first, reminding me a little of bittersweet chocolate. After the bitter note went away a sweet note remained. Not entirely sure what to call that sweet note. Overall this was a very good tea. However, I have to question the quality of the fermentation. I eat nothing at all around the time I drank this. Something made me sick and it was likely the tea. I suppose I could be coming down with something and it could be a coincidence but I doubt it. Because I can’t be sure it was the tea I’m not going to lower my rating because of it. If it happens again the next time I drink this then I suppose I will be certain. I only gave this eight steeps, but I was using a big 220ml teapot. It would definitely have gone a few more steeps. Overall this was a good tea.

I steeped this tea eight times in a 220ml teapot with 12.6g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. The tea would have certainly gone a few more steeps but I had had enough caffeine for the day.

Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 12 g 7 OZ / 220 ML

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90

misty peak’s Spring 2016 sheng puerh review.

Ru Yao dragon teapot gongfucha.

1x medium rinse

Dry leaf: musty, green.
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Wet leaf: honey, green, metallic, sweet.
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Light steep: I taste/smell;
slight ->cream, smoke. Light -> honey, green. Vegetables.
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Medium steep: I taste/smell;
light -> cream, smoke. Medium -> spices, honey, green.

Heavy steep: I taste/smell;
slight -> cream, smoke.
Medium -> honey, spices. Strong metallic.

All in all a very yummy tea. Nice tastes and cha qi. I rate a 90 because there’s not enough smoke, and the metallic kick at the end was not too nice.

Many thanks to misty peak teas for this free sample.

PS: i guess this is not a good tea for my stomach. i had some burning in my lower gut after drinking this tea. i’m not deducting points or saying this tea is bad for you. i’m just saying “people, please remind me to never drink sheng younger than 3 years, thanks.”

Flavors: Cream, Green, Honey, Metallic, Smoke, Spices, Vegetables

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 g 9 OZ / 260 ML

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This was an interesting experience courtesy of Liquid Proust’s grab bag, one that reminded me I needed more training on how to break up an especially tight chunk of cake. The dry leaf smells nice—like raisins. After the rinse, they smell like honey, raisins, and hay.

I alternated 190º and 170º with different steeping times from 30 seconds down to a straight pour through. As the steep time got shorter and shorter, the flavor developed from a honey-hay with slight bitterness and astringency to toasty to completely vegetal with no bitterness. I would say that the last, shortest, lowest steep had a velvety quality, but at that point, the back of my palate had begun to tingle, so that might have had something to do with it. Is that qi that everyone is talking about?

This was a pleasant tea, but I still think it was a little greenish for me to truly love.

Flavors: Hay, Honey, Toasty, Vegetal

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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I should preface this with the fact that I am probably not a good person to get advice from regarding shengs. I’ve only tried a handful and have only found one or two that even agree with me. Having said that, I’m not a quitter and I keep trying new shengs to see what I might enjoy.

I sampled some of this from the Beginners Puerh TTB. I drank some of it with my wife while we were playing cribbage. There was definitely an apricot/stone fruit type of scent to the dry leaves. The wet leaves exacerbated this effect.

The flavor on the first few steeps was light and slightly sweet. However, it turned a bit bitter near the 3rd or 4th steep. Not overpoweringly so, just enough to let you know it was there and detract from any of the lighter sweetness present. We did not see this one through and ended our session fairly early on with it. It just didn’t speak to us. For the half session or so that I did have with it, it provided a warming energy that I imagine would have gotten stronger if I had drank more. Also (and take this with grain of salt as I have a temperamental tummy), I noticed it made my stomach a little sour. Nothing too horrible but again, I only drank half a session and the stomach pangs were present.

Overall, I can see how this is a quality tea and many people would enjoy it. But, with my unrefined sheng tongue, it didn’t do much for me that was worth it. Having said that, I do have a 4 or 5g sample left if anyone would be interested.

Flavors: Apricot, Bitter, Smoke

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 88 ML

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90

This tea was excellent. It was sweet with little bitterness and a little bit of astringency. It had notes of apricots and stonefruits and a note that I think you could call dry grapes but without the heavy sweetness of a grape mind you. Overall, however, I’m not sure if it is as good as last year’s Misty Peaks Tea. Still, it’s one of the best values in young sheng out there. At only $55 a bing and I got 15% off on top of that it was a good price. Some will say it can’t be Yiwu gushu for that price but on this I cannot comment because there is no evidence one way or the other. Regardless this was a good tea.

I steeped this ten times in a 140ml yixing teapot with 8.9g leaf and 175 degree water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min.

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Stonefruits, Sweet, White Grapes

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 8 g 5 OZ / 140 ML

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Received a small sample of this with my order yesterday. The first thing about this is it was excellent tea. It had little bitterness and a lot of sweet notes. It had none of the unpleasant notes usually associated with aged teas. That being said it did not have the color I am used to seeing in a nearly twenty year old tea. While the color of the tea was darker than yellow, it was not the dark red to brown you would expect from a tea this old. In short while this was a fantastic tea I am not completely convinced as to the age. The color was more in line from what you’d expect from something maybe six or seven years old. It had started to change in color but it wasn’t there yet. So I have two points here. One it was one of the best raw teas I have tried, two I am not convinced it was twenty years old.

I steeped this tea 16 times in a 50ml gaiwan with 3.5g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, 2 min, 2.5 min, 3 min, 3.5 min, and 4 min.

Preparation
Boiling 3 g 2 OZ / 50 ML

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92

I got a sample of this and ended up having 3 sessions with it before running out :(

I’ve never tasted Misty Peak before so I was incredibly curious as to what it tasted like. I mean, just look at it! It’s in the shape of two mountains! What a beautiful presentation.

The very first thing I noticed was the taste of cream this tea had. It had a faint buttery taste that was mouthwatering. As I continued my session with it floral notes opened up and made their-self present. It was a nice melody and a very soft and calming mixture. It had a very refreshing taste that lated through out my session with it.

Overall, I’d buy more of this tea. I would have to save up quite a bit for it, but it would be worth it. I can’t wait to keep exploring with Misty Peaks!

Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Floral, Flowers, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 0 min, 15 sec

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86

From the Puerh TTB #4 (Mao cha)

Light straw color and taste. Slightly sweet. Hint of apricot? Pleasant finish; very strong cha qi. Hints of bitterness appear at the 3rd steep, but not enough to be a negative. The bitterness was gone on steep 4. Overall, a very pleasant tea: smooth, slightly sweet, easy to enjoy, but not as complex as I like.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 g 2 OZ / 59 ML

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90

This was a fantastic pu’er, my first REAL brewing of sheng. Unfortunately, I started with much hotter water than was recommended, and I paid for it with bracing astringency in the early steeps and relatively few steeps. Once the astringency calmed down, I was greeted with an intensely sweet and fruity tea. The huigan lasted forever, and the flavors hovered between plum and apricot. Wonderful feeling from this tea, too, nicely euphoric, with a little silliness. I may revise the rating after getting a proper temperature steeping from the beginning, because the early bitterness, while pleasant, overwhelmed the rather more pleasant stone fruit flavors.

I wrote a lot more, and it’s not really conducive to being copied! For the full review, see http://writing.drab-makyo.com/posts/tasting/2016/03/22/misty-peaks-spring-mountain-2015-puer/

Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Autumn Leaf Pile, Camphor, Plums

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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First tea from the Puerh Beginners TTB!

This Tea Box arrived just two days before the start of a ten day vacation from my job. We are not going anywhere this time but just relaxing at home, so this is perfect! There is so much tea in here so I did the scientific thing and just grabbed the big bag on top and put it in my gaiwan.

I hadn’t tried anything by Misty Peaks yet, although it seems I put this on my wish list some time back. Of course I read all of the ‘controversy’ a while back, so I was curious to try this. It was immediately obvious that the leaves were of a high quality. The taste was mild but still had a lot of life force to it. I am really enjoying the later steeps. It just seems to be getting better and better. The bitterness and astringency is always accompanied by a mild sweetness. I would definitely buy some of this.

Flavors: Grass, Wet Moss, Wet Wood, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Finally, the passage of time has allowed me to out aside the drama that MP had going on earlier this year. While it is hard to drink this without a bais now due to the damage done in social media, I’m always fair in my assesment of tea reviews.

The dry leaf, just like many others, was very faint in scent to which I didn’t care about because I’ve had tea with no scent become the most aromatic offering. Upon brewing it the sixth time I was excited to open some of the lead to see it’s conditioning. These are very similar looking to that of a dancong. The viens are healthy and the lead is mostly intact, both clear signs of a nice picked harvest that was handled gently. As for taste, I’m kind of in between as the first few steeps prior to the lead opening has a semi sweet note to it but once the flavor came out I began tasting some tart notes. The liquid isn’t as clear or light as I like my sheng, however the first few steeps were quite enjoyable. The slight bitterness coming through with a tart note after the 5th steep may be something that will disapaite as this tea rest for a little. Apparence alone: This is a beautiful product worth showing off and sharing. Taste wise: I really think this tea can become something fantastic if treated right over a year to help reduce that slight tartness that I personally don’t like.

I can see why others enjoy this as it is easy to brew, not much regarding broken leaf, and the taste is in the mediocre level to which almost anyone can taste and not need much of a background in drinking sheng to critique it.

Rui A.

Did you ever try the one from Spring 2013?

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GCTTB
pulled this one from the tea box and thought i’d give it a shot this morning. I’ve been drinking it since i woke up and i’m not entirely convinced this is a sheng for me. Not surprising really, since i tend to prefer shou. I am happy for the taste though. It was a more subtle tea – hay and sweetness for the most part. nice but not amazing.

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Sample of the ~controversial~ Misty Peaks tea, courtesy *shezza*. Thank you. :)

She was lovely and measured out 7g for me, which made it super easy. 7g tea, 145-ish ml water.

This is actually better than I was expecting! Yes, a little bitter, very fresh and green tasting, but it’s a sweet green rather than a spinach/kale green. More like green grape skins, actually. I’m brewing it with the lid off, since it’s such a green tea. I don’t want to overheat it.

I do prefer the ridiculous honey notes of the moonlight cake that I have. So while I can enjoy this sample, it’s not something I’d ever consider buying – and not just because of the terrible marketing tactics. (And shezza, I’m actually drinking most of every cup tonight. :D )

Preparation
7 g 5 OZ / 140 ML
Cwyn

MP has really decent tea, they don’t need to resort to the craziness to sell it.

OMGsrsly

I totally agree. But now when I think of “Misty Peak” I just roll my eyes…

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The number one tea, beating out tens of thousands of other teas worldwide, ranked by us experts here at Steepster, at least at some point. So, this is my third sheng ever. Is it going to give me a spiritual experience? Change my life? Make me a better person? I mean, it’s number one, after all, meaning it beats out rare teas that cost thousands of dollars. It had better be something special. Plus! It’s in this handy little ball shape, an innovation so groundbreaking that the company views it as intellectual property. Patent-pending, you guys!

Anyway, I’m even putting aside the douchebro marketing tactics for a second. You see, Misty Peaks would like me to give out its adorable little balls to all my friends who are “not a size zero” in order to fat-shame them into buying expensive teas. Because it believes all us women over a size zero are not f***able or something, and we had better do something about it!

Steeps 1 and 2, 5 seconds each: Astringent, vegetal. Blech. Disappointing because the wet leaves smell sweet and molassesy. No spiritual epiphanies yet. I like this better than a mushroom-y tea, but it’s far too vegetal for me to enjoy so far. I will withhold a number rating until I have a few more steeps, just to see if it gets any better. Why? Because I am fair, even to shitty companies that I don’t like.

Steeps 3 and 4 , 7 seconds each: Astringent, no new developments. I’m not even drinking all of it — tasting and then pouring the steeps out.

Steeps 5 and 6: And… Yep, still not tasting anything that redeems this for me. Good thing I can live without it, because I never want to purchase from this company again.

As this was going down, I kept thinking the flavor reminded me of something, but I couldn’t figure out what. Then it came to me while I was pondering the unpleasant sour aftertaste: It tastes like acid reflux. Mmmm!

I guess sheng quite this young is just not for me.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Sour, Vegetal

Preparation
Boiling
Ubacat

I have this one in the cake and really liked it but I prefer some of the young shengs that are more like green. It depends on what you like and want in a sheng. I can’t blame you for not purchasing again. As much as I liked their tea, the way they have behaved is unexceptable. MPT is crossed off my list too.

kristinalee

I think it was just too sour for me.

TeaNecromancer

I brew my young shengs at lower temps, so I am tempted to brew it at boiling to see if I get the Bile taste, I know that in the past when I boiled sheng I found it bitter and kinda gross.

kristinalee

Hm… Interesting. What temperature do you usually use? I guess I kinda…figured boiling was the safest thing to do with something other than yogurt that has live bacteria in it. It’s really not an issue?

JC

Try lower temps, I like the bitterness that turns into bittersweet and sweet notes later. But a lot of Shengs are better at 205F, and even at 195F for reduced bitterness and astringency.

mrmopar

I normally do sheng at 190-195f.

Ubacat

I also brew all the young shengs at lower temperatures 80-90C. They are all too bitter at higher temperatures.

kristinalee

Okay good to know, so more green tea type brewing parameters? And this is all strictly…well, safe?

Grill

In drinking hundreds of teas over the last year it seems that the better the tea the better it will perform with boiling water. If a tea is brewing harsh try lowering steep times or pulling some leaves out. When the tea starts to tire add them back in. That all said, even the best you shengs will never be all smooth and sweetness when young, they need time to shed their bitter and floral characteristics. For me most sheng won’t even begin to hit its stride for 6 – 10 years depends on the individual tea and storage

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Derp, I put my note in the spring 2015, moving it over to Autumn 2015

Alright. This review took awhile. Lots of hype on this tea (so many fellow bloggers love it) and some weird “how’d this come out so soon?” drama, but I finally drank this tea. Twice. (only twice, I only had enough for 2 sessions).

Using a standard ratio I use, and temp I like for young sheng, 1g to 15ml 200F, this is super light. Lightest sheng I’ve had so far in my tea drinking days. The texture is very nice and thick, with nice floral cherry notes, wood, vegetal, avocado and butter – but super delicate light notes. I only got 10 steepings. I was unhappy.

So I came back to this tea and went insane. 1g to 10ml, so 9 grams to a 90ml teapot. Boiling water. I dumped all the leaf I had left and steeped it like IDGAF. Much better – the intensity is ballzy, an excellent sweet bitterness, nice avocado notes, and it melted my brain in 7 cups. I got 16 infusions, probably could of gotten 18 or so, but I got hungry for burritos. It’s nice, but expensive.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2015-autumn-misty-peak-sheng-puer-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 3 OZ / 90 ML
kristinalee

So, in your scientific opinion, is it the greatest pu’er the world has ever seen? Does it beat out the tens of thousands of other varieties out there on the market? Will it change my life?

And it’s a bit expensive, but how is it that the world’s greatest tea doesn’t cost a billion dollars?

Or is it the 2014 they’re touting that way…? I’m confused. Think I’ll stick with YS while getting to know pu’er.

Oolong Owl

Everyone has lots of personal taste in pu’er. There’s stuff I like that people hate and vice versa. People chase certain tastes or some just want to get messed up on qi. Also people cut themselves up at a certain price range. I think you’d need to try a bunch first to figure out what to like, what’s good and what’s crap at various price points. I’m lucky (or unlucky as I spent a lot) in trying a bunch so I got a decent range of things. People also make their tea differently, I know some that claim one I said is not bitter to be hella bitter – they made it differently or haven’t gotten the taste for bitter, if that makes sense.

However, I’d say the best pu’er I had this year was 2015 Last Thoughts for sheng. Almost ruined it for me, haha! Maybe need to blindfold me as price obviously will screw with our brains, but I thought it was noticably different in quality than others i’ve tried.

I would personally put w2t 2late/poundcake over the 2015 fall MP – and those both are cheaper teas. I like a stronger, fruity, qi fuckery and with the price being cheaper I’d rather throw money that way.

I’ve also got bitched at already from MP darlings saying this was a pretty damn perfect tea. I dunno, that’s totally personal. If it was my own tea I would think it’s pretty good. But yeah, just keep getting lots of samples, maybe sign up for a couple tea clubs (YS/Jalam/W2T) get all the samplers (CLT/W2T) and try everything. Pu’er is pretty insanely huge.

kristinalee

Of course, lots of samples is very good advice. Also, I hope it was clear I was being sarcastic, mainly out of annoyance at this company’s marketing tactics. I’d have a hard time reviewing them objectively in light of their grand claims.

Oolong Owl

Understandable. I feel right now everyone’s hypervigilant on the transparency thing. I had my eyes opened in 2015 when a tea vendor asked me if I truely knew where my pu’er was from. He had his expensive pu’er material being pressed, left the factory to make a phone call and they switched it for cheap shit.

you either gotta “well if it tastes good that’s all that matters” and suspend disbelief (and some ethics depending). Or fangirl some reliable dealors. Maybe a balance of the two.

jschergen

Lots of food for thought here.. Here’s where I’m at..

I find it interesting that Verdant got hammered so hard much moreso than Misty Peaks.

By now, it’s clear from the multitude of reviews that Misty Peaks has tea that’s plenty good enough for most people. I’ve had a couple of their teas and found them alright at best.. Like Oolong Owl, I think there’s better options in the market but it’s not as if the tea is obviously crap.. That being said, I cannot bring myself to recommend or support Misty Peaks. I find their marketing (&marketing copy) to be highly troubling and their claims about tea to be just as bad as Verdant. They’ve never even responded to the criticisms laid out, which more or less puts them in the same boat as Verdant as far as I’m concerned.

kristinalee

@jschergen: YES, me too. As I mentioned on the thread I started, I think this is arguably worse than Verdant because it’s pretty much their entire marketing strategy. At minimum, I’d say they’re in the same boat.

Myssy

+1 @jschergen

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This tea is good, up to the usual standards of Misty Peaks. There was some bitterness in the initial infusions and a lot of sweetness. The bitterness soon disappeared, The sweetness remained. I would venture to say it had an apricot sweetness, perhaps stonefruits. This should not surprise anyone who has drank Misty Peaks tea. It is usually sweet with very little bitterness. This one is no exception.

I steeped this tea eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 8.5g leaf and 190 degree water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. Didn’t give this one a rest I wanted tea. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. This tea would keep right on going if I wanted to continue. I’ve never taken a Misty Peaks tea to where I couldn’t get any more out of it but I expect this would go fifteen steeps or so. Eight steeps is quite a lot of tea with an 120ml gaiwan.

Flavors: Apricot, Bitter, Stonefruits, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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The tea that arrived to me didnt look exactly like the photo because I ordered a sample…well, I got one for free for begging, haha.

The tea came in a silver foil bag that looked very unsuspecting. I read about this tea on a blog and had to try it, amongst many other teas. I immediately grabbed a knife and cut the bag and was hit immediatley with the aroma of freshhhh. It was as if I was somehow transported to the mountain this came from and blindfolded and asked to “smell now”.

The tea was very refreshing, much much much unlike other puerh teas I have had. It was not bitter or astringent, it was refreshing and smooth, I even noticed flavors of peaches, which I never get in other teas.

In the box was a little note that was from the owner I assume, and instructions on how to make the tea. They suggested 165 degrees which is really low, but I gave it a try and was actually surprised. So maybe try starting there as well.

Thank you for this tea. I hope on my next payday I can place an order.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 0 sec 6 g

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I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying a tea from Misty Peaks at a friend’s tea gathering before, but this is my first time sitting down alone and brewing one myself. Thank you to the staff at MPT for sending a sample to try!

The dry leaves smell abundantly like an old forest during the wet season, hints of bark and moss, flowers, fresh green leaves and hints of decay.

The wet leaves smell like roasted chestnuts and flowers in bloom. I am brewing these in a gaiwan and gave them a quick rinse infusion that I didn’t drink. The first infusion is very clean tasting with subtle dried-fruit notes, hints of orange tree flowers, and a slightly peppery, woody finish. There’s a touch of bitterness that lingers at the end of the sip, but it is subtle.

The second infusion yields a more fruity taste, like golden raisins or golden apples, something slightly tart, then I taste wood (a friend said sandalwood, and I think this is just the right descriptor), then again a lingering peppery finish. The next infusion has similar flavors, but smoother and more clear-tasting, less lingering bitterness. The fourth infusion is even more apple-tasting and the lingering taste not so peppery, more woody.

I was able to push, many many infusions out of this tea. The stand-out quality of this Puer for me is its clean taste. While some of the flavors and the balance of flavors are a bit on the woody side for my tastes, I can’t dispute how clean this tea tastes, and the bitterness, even for a freshly harvested sheng, is very low and mild throughout the infusions.

Flavors: Apple, Dried Fruit, Flowers, Orange Blossom, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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This tea came to me in one of the 30 gram boxes which I think are intended for retail use. There was no date on the packaging telling me its age, but as the same product marked 2014 is available on Misty Peak’s website I assume it’s of the same vintage.

The leaf both dry and wet carries the scent of raisins or figs, and the big intact leaves and stems are aestheticly pleasing.

The soup is thick and syrupy, leaving a strong honey aroma in whatever holds it, even long after the liquid is gone.

The taste is well balanced between sweet and sour, not unlike one of my favorite green teas, a Mao Jain from Oregon Coffee and Tea in Corvallis, Oregon. The flavor throughout my sessions is fruity, reminding me of dried apple slices. I especially noticed this when bowl brewing only a few leaves. This is one tea that will go a long time before giving up, it was a challenge almost to see the leaves to the end.

The tea is drying to the palate and gives me a very blissful energy that I savor every time I come to it.

I feel like this would be a fantastic sheng to introduce my friends to, as it really does rise to the occasion, giving and giving until you just can’t drink any more.

Flavors: Apple, Apple Skins, Fruity

Preparation
6 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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