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The highly amusing IM conversation between a friend and I who bought the same tea:
me: WOW. this is slightly smoky. seems like sweet roasted bark
friend: I KNOWWWW
me: so mellow and sweet
friend: IT’S AMAZINGGGG, ISN’T IT?
friend: honestly..it’s one of my favorite teas ever
me: I’m amazed by this. it’s a taste that I have never had before. wow. this strange sweetness. like… the sweetness of pure nature. it evokes such a clear image of a forest with crackling sounds
friend: the way i was describing it to my friends is that it tastes like it’s roasted or kettle-cooked. it’s like they found a way to make “puer kettle chips” and then turned that into a tea. OMG YES. I CAN’T STOP TYPING IN CAPS
me: YEAH. YEAHHHHH. kettle cooked
At Christmas I usually get a mug from someone. Usually it has some tea in it. Usually it is bad unless it is Twinings. This is not Twinings. A little silver bag with 4 tagless, stringless, teabags inside. The dust did plump kinda well. The cup is cloudy but green. This may contain lemongrass. It is not the fake candy lemon typically in these bags but it just is sub par. I really can’t taste tea. My mom would like it. So another Cheapster Steepster Sunday Sip Down for me and special delivery to mom who thinks Lipton green tea is just fine.
Pure. Light. Vegetal. Creamy mouth-feel. It reminds me so much of Long Jing.. I think this is a perfect green tea for those who want to relax. It’s not as powerful as a good Long Jing, it’s just soothing, mellow, and flavorful. It has a nice length to it, not very long, but still long enough. :)
Had a very nice po lei at Dim Sum this afternoon. Nice, standard loose shu. It was perfect for drinking and chatting.
The tail end of the third pot:
Best Jin Jun Mei that I have ever had. I have been lucky enough to have this tea twice and was just gifted a serving of it by two wonderful people! It’s a shame that this tea is not sold anywhere inside or outside of China. It’s a rare gem. Hopefully, I will be able to taste it again in my lifetime after I finish the sample I was given.
1st infusion: bold, malty, only very very faintly smoky, full, complex, ending with smooth, coats the tongue with almost creaminess
2nd infusion: more red in color, getting smoother
3rd onward: more and more smooth, color increases in red and then decreases after 5th infusion
We drank this gong-fu style in a zisha clay pot. We did several infusions. The first we used to rinse the leaves and cups, and then tossed. The second we drank. Whoa. This is like the smoked whiskey of teas. Very heady woodsy scent with lots of shiitake mushroom. A bit bitter on the back of your tongue. The mouthfeel was pretty dry and flat. I didn’t like that very much.
Four more infusions in, the color and taste started to lighten up. It began to have an almost creamy texture and super subtle sweetness. The mushroom funkiness was still there but much lighter and more pleasant. The scent became more like aged rice paper.
So pu-erh is still not my favorite tea, much like how I don’t like whiskey infused with smokey wood chips. So manly. But I can definitely appreciate its complexity now. Like other fermented things (aged cheese, beer, etc) it has a definite funk. Some like that, some don’t. I like my teas refreshing and bright. This tea is more like a comforting old library with leather chairs and dust motes dancing in the air.
I, too, like the reviewer before me, received this tea in a gift basket. It is honestly one of my favorites, and I really want to find it! It’s black ceylon tea, but it’s a very mild flavor, and the cranberry and apple flavorings are absolutely delightful. I really enjoy drinking this tea, and it is the perfect addition to a snowy winter!
If anyone knows where I can buy it, please let me know!
I had some pu’er as a sample from the tea festival. This one is from Bana Tea Co, but I’m really not sure what tea it is, just says “pu’er” and it tastes like a ripe one. Pretty good stuff, not fermenty and a little smooth.
I’m on a quest: get dad to drink pu’er. I know he’ll like it and it will be good for him. However, so far its just been chais and coffee for him. He escaped this round, but SOOOON!
I also put a tea package together for my best friend’s boyfriend with one pu’er in it. yeah!