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Before I get into it, I want to give the biggest thanks to boychik for sending me this. THANK YOU!!! :)

I’m completely new to pu erh, so forgive me, as I lack the experience to properly assess this tea…
The first steep smelled like chocolate quick bread—warm and doughy, with that baking powder tang in the back of my throat on the inhale (which is a weird thing I love about some baked goods—that tang)….smooth and batter-like.
On tasting, there’s a slight tang, like from pancake batter—that same tang I could detect in the scent before sipping… I could get addicted to this.

2nd steep: The liquor is much darker, almost coffee coloured. The tea smells like yeasted waffles….and it TASTES like yeasted waffles… Oh, nom, nom, nom!! There’s a note of raisins with a sweetness that starts at the middle and lingers until long after I swallow… still buttery and smooth.

3rd steep: Still getting the baked good/yeasted waffle scent, but now I’m picking up a bit of creaminess along with it… like I’ve thrown a dollop of fresh whipped cream on top of my baked treat. Hello yummy! Yeasted waffle dusted with powdered sugar, topped with whipped cream…now throw in a bit of spiced raisin. This tea is unreal; I’ve never had anything like it before…

I’ll stop now, since I could go on forever…. This is fantastic.

boychik

yay, it makes me so happy that you like it. I see you obsessed with puerh in a near future.

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Flavors: Licorice

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Wow.

I ordered a 357g cake of this, and boy am I impressed.

It’s actually a rather subtle and complex mouthfull, with hints of flowers, peach skin, and an ever so slight grassiness. Of course, being a young pu-erh, there’s plenty of astringency too. However, it’s far from overwhelming and is balanced by a faint smokiness.

The leaves were very loose around the edge of the cake, so I was able to use nothing but my hands for the first taste.

The spent leaves are full and luscious.

Worth the money and then some.

Flavors: Astringent, Flowers, Peach, Pleasantly Sour, Smoke

SimpliciTEA

This one sounds like a good one, too. I am always on the lookout for teas that are a great value, as I live on a very limited budget.

lukep

I’m currently drinking it again. No change. It’s still great. Some really huge leaves. I’d say it’s just old enough to enjoy, even if it is by no means mellow.

SimpliciTEA

Good to hear.

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The cake is nice and glossy. Very fragrant.

The liquor is a dark orange to deep red depending on the brewing style.

Not too much sediment.

The taste is good—solid with nothing very notable.

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Thank you for sending this one a while back, CharlotteZero! Oh man this is the type of pu-erh I love. I love pu-erh just for being pu-erh, it’s really different than anything else. Black tea sometimes tastes like chocolate but pu-erh is just pu-erh. If I’m making sense. This one is a standard delicious ripened pu-erh. It’s super dark even at the first cup. It’s sweet and dusky. The second cup is just the same. The third cup was a little spicier. The forth cup with a much higher temp and steep time is much more muted, so I don’t think I would go for a fourth cup again. But some pu-erhs are still going strong by the fourth cup. Not this one! But the cup was still enjoyable. The color of the cup is even much lighter. It’s tough to describe pu-erh more than any other teas, you just have to drink it! I’d buy these! I’m thinking of buying a couple things from puerhshop.com just to add things to MzPriss’s teabox (and other teaboxes, I guess!)
Steep #1 // rinse // couple mins after boiling // 1 min steep
Steep #2 // couple mins after boiling // 1 1/2 – 2 min steep
Steep #3 // couple mins after boiling // 2 min
Steep #4 // just boiled // 3 min

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Pulled this out today also to try. It is way less compressed than the previous one I tried today. It broke off easily with some decent looking full leaf in it. I put 10 grams in the Gaiwan for brewing.This one has a slight grassy metallic aroma to it. It gave decent color in the cup and as I pulled some leaf out you could tell it was barely processed. It has a pretty thick mouthfeel to it with some hints peas and asparagus. It really seemed to be missing something so I put a little honey in the cup. This really made the flavors come up. it does carry some tannin bite to it but I think this will be one to mature over the years.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Pulling this one out to see if it will make the grade for “pumidor” occupation. I broke off about 10 grams of this cake. It was highly compressed more so than other cakes I have. The leaf still has a touch of color and a hay like aroma dry. I gave it a 5 second rinse to open up the leaf. i did a 10 second steep of this to start with. The aroma is orchid and honey mixed in. It still retains much of the young bitterness with some drying astringency on the tongue. It carries a lemon on the lips and some woodiness in the cup. It carries a medium strength with some camphor to it. Still a little young so I will use the space it once occupied for a different cake.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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This is a very easy and cost effective way to enjoy aged ripe puerh. I usually overleaf on nuggets because they are so tight and it takes awhile for these to loosen and allow steeping of all the leaves. The tea broth is a clear dark brown. Smooth, woody taste with a very pleasant aftertaste. I’m usually able to get 6-7 nice infusions out of this one.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 10 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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More shu for my belleh! Thanks boychik!!!

This one is REALLY GOOD! Super smooth, and smells just like basmati rice, which I love. Then I got to read about how both are scented with pandan leaves and geek out about it. Fun tea all around! :D

boychik

i love basmati rice too;)

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I’m nearly halfway through this cake now, so I think it’s probably time to get around to writing something about it. It’s pretty good for the price, smooth and easy with just a light honey flavor, and decent but not crazy caffeine/energy. Good looking whole leaves and medium compression. Supposedly a Yiwu+Bulang blend but i don’t really taste any characteristic Yiwu flavors or scents, It’s mostly just a light balanced honey-ish profile. Although in late brews it does tend to go bitter (instead of gently fading off into sweetness like better sheng) betraying its cheap plantation origins, but you can hardly blame it too much at this price, what other remotely drinkable 5 year old shengs go for $15/cake still? Overall, ok tea on the cheap, won’t get it again, but I don’t regret the one cake of it.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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Sample sip down! Thanks again boycik!!!

Goodbye adorable chocolate bar lookin pu. You were cute and tasty :)

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Another new to me puerh from boychik :D

These little mini cubes are so cute…they remind me of chocolate squares. This one brews up a smooth and earthy shu. Definitely drinkable but not my absolute favorite shu either. Glad I got to try it :)

TheTeaFairy

Oh, it does look just like chocolate! Never seen that before…

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WOW this is good shu! Extremely sweet and flavorful but not “dirty” tasting at all. A little nutty and creamy, too. I will enjoy drinking this one all day. Thanks very much boychik :)

boychik

I’m happy you like it. I wouldn’t know about it if TeaExplorer wouldn’t send me a generous sample. After I got the whole cake. It’s very pleasant, sweet and full of flavor.

Stephanie

Yes! Exactly. It is hard to describe the flavor but it is very flavorful :) Thanks for sharing!

mrmopar

Yeah i have heard good things on this one.

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I had a cuppa this today and it was delish, thank you TeaBrat!!
Very light and refreshing for a puerh, or any tea really. Vibrant. I know what you mean about the camphor! Yum. I was interrupted by a family matter so wasn’t able to pay close attention to the particular notes, but overall I was rather impressed. Quite lovely :)

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For anyone who enjoys fruity shengs, this is definitely one. The cake itself is 200 grams. This small bing has a rather tight compression. Upon a wash, one can immediately see that this tea is comprised primarily of chopped up material. Despite its poor appearance, the wet leaves do produces a heavenly fruity aroma… a “smoother” fruitiness than found in, say, a Jingmai. Very nice aroma. The liquor is smooth (to a unique degree) with a suble sweetness… notes of berry and citrus intertwined, again, something I find unique to this tea. The soup is thick with a fair share of astringency in the mouth. The hui gan is there but a little light. Overall, I do enjoy this tea despite the leaf appearance and cloudiness. An 80/100 is a fair assessment.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 88 ML
Yang-chu

Fair assessment. Must be very good tasting to to have a slight hui gan and still receive such high marks from you.

Sammerz314

The tea has a pleasant smoothness that I really enjoyed. But yes, normally I do value a nice hui gan =)

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First, thanks for expanding my tea world, boychik. :)

As to the tea, it’s okay. I did multiple infusions for an increasing 15 seconds per. At about the 1 minute mark was where it was a tea in which I could taste distinct flavor. It seemed pretty mineral. And holy cow, after about 3 minutes it’s as dark as pitch!

I think maybe my palate just needs more expansion before I can properly appreciate pu-erh. This wouldn’t be anything I searched out.

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boychik provided me with so many nice teas to try! This week is going to be such a treat :)

I was very intrigued by the notes on this puerh, so I was super pleased it showed up in my samples box. I drank it all day and found it to be extremely clean tasting. So very mild and pleasant. I bet I could trick a non-puerh drinker into liking this one. I don’t even really get an earthy vibe from it. It got sweeter an sweeter as the steeps continued.

boychik

priced right!

mrmopar

Good solid Puerh.

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backlog from yesterday. This one was sent to me by terri and she got it from teaexplorer. I have to say, this is a really nice tea. I love that the smoek isn’t super intense and, as with all my smokey teas, i tried it with maple syrup. The result was a delicious tasty cup that i gulped down and was finished before long.

Final Count Yesterday: 193 (thanks to Cavocorax and VariaTEA)

VariaTEA

I have faith that you will get down to 140 by the end of the month. You have magic “sipdown” powers.

Sami Kelsh

Smoke and maple syrup? Ooh, get in.

Sil

i hope so variaTEA…today is not condusive to me getting anything done. even though i AM at home. ugh

Sami..it’s the best.

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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 OZ / 147 ML

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I really wish I had a palate that would allow me to truly describe this tea, but I do not. Yes I know this pu’er is “composed of low grade tea leaves and stems”, but still, this tea is everything I love about pu’er. It is extremely bold and the taste is so amazing that, again, I really wish I could describe it. All I can really say is the taste is more leafy then it is earthy. This will sound weird, but the best way I can describe it is this: every time I sip this tea I imagine how a forest floor would taste in late fall after all the trees have shed their leaves. Goofy, but that is how I can best describe it! I really love this tea!!!

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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 OZ / 147 ML
Stephanie

I use some weird metaphors when I try to describe puerh flavors too :) makes sense to me!

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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 OZ / 147 ML

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