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It’s flooding today in Houston, so I am working from home and brewing up some tea from the Beginner’s Puerh box. This one is creamy with hints of vanilla. Definitely earthy, but that’s what makes it tasty! Not the best ripe I’ve ever had, but certainly one to keep in mind.

Flavors: Creamy, Earth, Vanilla, Vegetal

Preparation
5 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML

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This tea was relatively good. It had clearly been wet stored at some point. It had the definite note of wet wood that indicates wet storage. I prefer dry stored shou. This is one I will want to revisit in six months to see if the wet storage note goes away. The wet wood note was not incredibly strong, but it was persistent, lasting at least six steeps. Once this note went away it was replaced by what you could call a sweet note. This was not a chocolaty shou.

I steeped this ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 9.9g 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, and 1 min.

Flavors: Wet Wood

Preparation
Boiling 9 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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This tea is good but not for the feint of heart. This tea was a sort of ripe that had clearly been heavily fermented. The fermentation taste was evident into the sixth steep and you could still taste it in the eighth steep. I was too busy noticing the fermentation in this one to really notice other notes. Not really sure if I would say this one had notes of chocolate in there. It was enjoyable, just heavily fermented. It did have a sweet taste in there. There were really no bitter notes that I noticed. Also wouldn’t have noticed them past the fermentation.

I steeped this tea ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 10.2g leaves and boiling water. I gave them a 10 second rinse. I steeped them for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min. This one is still available on the us site but is sold out on the China site.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 10 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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I’d say this is a pretty good ripe. It is deep and earthy, has a nice caffeine kick, and lasts through a number of thick and hearty infusions. It has some chocolate notes. But it is not very smooth, with noticeable bitterness. Not bad at all, and I love that it is possibly organic.

Cwyn

Sounds like this might be lightly fermented as opposed to medium fermentation. It will get better with aging, and have more depth than a medium would

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I’d like to announce I have had two pu’erh tastings back to back. I am not going to say cups because I resteeped last night so it was more than one cup. Are you impressed? You should be. But maybe you’ll say last night’s won’t count because it was a sheng.

This morning I woke up early despite being still on staycation. Partner goes to work so naturally I hear moving about and wake up. Then had to go out to run an errand and now I’m back but sleepy! Didn’t want coffee, didn’t want tea. So I thought since I am not in the mood for anything, I’ll just make pu’erh. That way I’m fine with whatever it tastes like because I have no expectation, no craving.

I did everything “right”. I warmed the gaiwan, I put the leaves in the empty but warm vessel, I let them get all happy for a bit, then I added 200F ish water over them. 15 second rinse, then their actual bath for a minute.

I have to say a much as I don’t like the taste of shou pu’erh all that much, I love their color. The dark-red clay colour does it for me. Took a sip and it’s not “oh wow” I’m in love but still, not at all unpleasant. I thought about mj ‘s note from her first pu’erh experience and tried to do the same: adjust my senses for what my tastebuds are about to experience. Leather? Sure. Leather. I wish I could have one word to describe the way pu’erh tastes. I don’t like barn, dirt and mushroom. Because really, it’s neither. It sometimes it’s metallic, like blood, although it’s not that either.

This is great pu’erh folks. It really is. I am grateful to have tried it. I have enough for a few more cups, gallons of it if I resteep.

ETA: holy shit! Pu’erh gods forgive me! I added sugar and vanilla to this on the resteep.( I resteeped with half the water, for 1 minute.) Holy crap, this is amazing. It’s like a different tea. Can I still say I like pu’erh even though I … Modified it?

mj

No tea police here! Enjoy it any way you want :)
And I get what you are saying… I liked the puerh I had but not in a YUM way

Nxtdoor

As a chef, if I make a nice steak for someone and they drown it in BBQ sauce I cringe inside. And if it’s a family member, I get vocal about it. I mean, why did I just bother to give you the good stuff? I am sure people feel that way about some tea. I mean, why bother with expensive stuff if you’re just gonna add shit to it to make it taste cheap?!?

mj

You make an excellent point. It is a crime to adulterate good steak! A1 should be banned (and is foul besides)

K S

I taste it both ways. If a tea tastes better to me with an addition then I will drink it that way. I see it as no different than a little salt or other seasonings thrown into your recipe.

Nxtdoor

K S, I wholeheartedly agree with this point. I do the same with shou except I drink the first steep as is. Then, any subsequent steeps get fixed up, as a reward for making it through steep one.

K S

Nxtdoor – yes! Me too when necessary, but must try straight first. Oh, and I used to always drink the rinse, so I don’t even bother anymore.

K S

Try some chocolate mint in you shou sometime. Yum!

Nxtdoor

Oh gosh, yes. I think that would be great. I will :)

mrmopar

I modify and drink it how you prefer it. It is all about your preference. It is your cup so I say drink as you like it. I think I am very proud of you doing puerh 2 days in a row!! Smile Smile :) :)

Nxtdoor

Oh, mrmopar i was so happy with being able to enjoy this finally. Even before the addition. Thanks for the encouragement :)

mrmopar

:) Hope your weekend is good! Rest and relaxation. We are getting poured on with rain forecast for the next 2 days so I am going to kick back and sip along with you.

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