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Xing Hai Tea Factory Menghai

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96

Hoping this pu-erh will be a nice after Thanksgiving tea to detox from all of those goodies! I am taking a cue from Bonnie and made my infusions really strong and am drinking them like a latte with soymilk. yummy!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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96

I’ve become a little obsessed with pu-erh lately and spend way too much time looking at pictures of beengs and bricks on the internet. I need to drink more of what I have before getting more :)

In any case I discovered the best steeping time for this brick is 195 F for around 60 seconds. see my previous notes… still love it

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Hahahha…….I can really relate to this review. I’m constantly looking at tea on the internet. Well, not constantly…….but alot. Ditto to your “:)” statement. I am planning on finishing :(( the Hand Rolled Bao Zhong you sent me tonight. I’ll do this & think of you looking at Beengs and bricks on the internet. That might turn my :(( to :))!

TeaBrat

It also gets very tempting when you realize it never really goes bad and might even improve with age…

ashmanra

Enablers! Quit getting in my head!

Charles Thomas Draper

This obsession sounds familiar….

TeaBrat

ha! Good to know I am not alone!

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96

I accidentally let this steep for too long, it went to 2 minutes or more. Now it is very strong! Reminds me a bit of coffee, dark, robust but still drinkable. Smells awesome and is very woodsy but a tad bit too strong for me here. Good lesson learned – do not oversteep pu-erh! :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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96

My nice handmade evening chai type of drink tonight is a cup of with a cardamom pod, vanilla bourbon extract and soymilk. Mmmm, shou pu-erh chai, I think I love this! Delicious!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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96

I am drinking this again today. It really is one of the best shus I have had. I think pu-erhs are so specific to the individual that is drinking them. I upped the rating a point. I was feeling guilty for spending $25 on the brick but that will last a while and I really like it, so whatever. I am lucky to live in a place that has so many tea shops.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec
ScottTeaMan

So many tea shops…so little time.

Charles Thomas Draper

I would love to have so many. Is this Shu available online?

TeaBrat

I have been looking for it but can’t find it.

ScottTeaMan

nor can I

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96

I can’t seem to find a picture of this on the internet anywhere – sorry

My guy was very excited when he discovered a new tea shop in his neighborhood recently We popped on over there this afternoon and discovered this. A shu pu-erh tea brick from the Xinghai Tea factory, the Label says Gold Brick. The back of the box says 1998.

The lady who gave us this tasting was very energetic and enthusiastic about the world of tea. We also tried a Chinese green tea that was very flavorful. I did take good mental notes on how she brewed this stuff, very gently. It’s a very sweet, dark red creamy cup. Probably one of the sweeter pu-erhs I have had. It does smell a tad fishy/mushroomy etc but tastes like cherries, vanilla and honey. Redwood trees and bark. When we took this brick home I brewed some up in the Tetsubin. This is another disaster when steeped for too long and a little bit can make a huge difference. I tried it for two minutes and the result was a bitter, thickish mess that I had to throw out. I would suggest one minute or less for the first steep and nice little short infusions for 30 -45 seconds after that seem to be doing the trick very well here. A delicious tea perfect for drinking now. yummmy.

I will try to save some for the future too.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Amy, do you think maybe brewing it in the Tetsubin changed the flavor at all? It is insulated/coated with enamel on the inside, right? So maybe, the flavor was not changed at all. I was just thinkin’…and sometimes….that gets me into trouble. :))

TeaBrat

Scott, I don’t think so. It tastes pretty much the same as I remember it in the tea shop. But I use my tetsubin for black tea and puerh mostly.

ScottTeaMan

oh ok…..also I found this link…….Does the tea look like this?

http://www.finestfast.com/-p-76.html

There are links with this named tea, but I don’t know if it is the tea you have exactly.

TeaBrat

nope… not it

ScottTeaMan

I’ve ordered alot of tea from Upton’s, and they reformatted their settings, and some of my reviews I had posted there are gone, along with the pics. I:o/

Fair warning would’ve been nice so I could’ve saved them & posted here. It’s still possible from memory, but some nuances will be lost!

Charles Thomas Draper

I would say a 30 second steep is a good rule for something that old.

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88

A lovely smooth Puerh with no bitterness, has the great earthy taste you’d expect. You can’t go too wrong with a well aged tea.

It doesn’t pack too much of a punch so you can steep it for a little longer, I find I can can max of around 5 infusions.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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