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drank Da Yu Ling Oolong Tea by Yezi Tea
215 tasting notes

Origin: He Huan Shan, Taiwan.
Thank u to Yezi Tea for this sample with purchase!!!
Dry Leaf: Tiny, tightly rolled green pellets with a mineral scent.
Method: 3.38 oz ceramic gong fu pot, 200F, 1 tsp tea
45" rinse/55"/55"
Wet Leaf: 2 fairly large leaves on a stem, very spinach green colored. Light floral with candy Sweet Tart scent.
Liquor: Light champagne – spring green color. Very light scent—not too floral, more of a light Sweet Tarts scent like the wet leaves.
Flavor: Thick mouthfeel. Not overly floral or creamy, very subtle. There are flowers, butter, spring peas and a nice balance. Not bitter or astringent at all but it is recommended to drink this tea after meals and I drank it 3 hours after a meal and did get a mild stomach upset (very very mild though) so one should heed this advice bc it’s pretty green.

Flavors: Butter, Candy, Flowers, Garden Peas

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 3 OZ / 88 ML
Cheri

This one sounds yummy! I think I’ll wishlist it.

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Trying the second steeping of this one now. It tastes surprisingly similar to the first, although the green tea taste is somewhat stronger (a welcome change in my opinion). I unfortunately overdid it a tiny bit on the sugar, so I think the jasmine flavor is coming through more than it otherwise would have. I steeped this in the same manner as the first time but added another 30 seconds to the time. Tasty! :D

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is the second tea that I got as a free sample from Yezi Tea (yay free samples!). The smell of the dry leaf is amazing, floral and sweet. Let me just say, I am rather confused as to what exactly is meant when the word “teaspoon” is used in tea jargon. Does it mean a teaspoon measuring spoon or a teaspoon as in a flatware teaspoon…? If anyone could help me out on this with a comment, I would appreciate it. So when I brewed this tea, I basically said “screw it” and used the whole five gram sample. Since this is a fairly dense tea, I would say it would have been a slightly heaping flatware teaspoon.

That being said, I thought the strength of the brew was perfect. The jasmine aroma and flavor is quite strong, but I could still taste the delicate green tea flavor underneath. I’m not sure what type of green tea it is or whether jasmine pearls count as their own type. Either way, I really enjoyed its flavor – slightly sweet and light with no bitterness and very little astringency. I took it with a very small amount of sugar.

Thanks, Yezi Tea, for the free loot!

Flavors: Jasmine, Sweet

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
caile

I think it means measuring spoon, but it is sometimes hard to measure fluffier teas this way which is why some people weigh the amounts to be more accurate. I’m usually not that precise when measuring though. The heaping teaspoon/5 gram sample sounds like you used the perfect amount, especially since it tasted good which is what is most important. :-)

Cameron B.

I’ve seen that a lot of tea retailers sell a tea measuring spoon that’s supposed to be the correct amount for a cup. I should probably grab one of those just to have a roundabout idea of how much I’m supposed to use. :P

Thanks for your response!

Nicole

I always assume a measuring teaspoon as well. And 5 grams is about a teaspoon. :) Like caile, I don’t weigh either. All that matters is that you like the outcome. But yeah, for the first couple times with a particular tea, it’s generally a good idea to try to measure close to the vendor recommendation, IMO. Gives you a good idea of where you might need to go with your personal preference for the tea for the next cup. :)

boychik

I got scale because some leaves are just impossible to measure

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Trying a second steeping of this tea now. I elected to increase the time by 30 seconds just to see how it came out. This time, the fresh hay flavor that I experienced in my first try has deepened to a more straw-like flavor, more roasty and rich tasting. The mild sweetness is still there. Overall, I enjoyed this one just as much as the first, and it’s interesting to see how the taste changes between steepings.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is my first ever white tea. I’ve always been drawn to the descriptors used to talk about it – delicate, flowery, sweet (to be honest, I feel the same way about Pinot Grigio and yet I haven’t found one I’ve liked). So when I found that Yezi Tea was offering three free samples of my choice, I knew that this would be one of them.

The first thing I noticed about this tea is how large and lightweight the leaves are – I got about three times as much tea by volume for the same weight as my other two teas (an oolong and jasmine pearls). The small sample packet did not include brewing instructions, so I poked around on various tea sellers’ sites and found a good brewing recommendation.

When I first tasted the brew, I knew I liked it but was unsure how to go about describing the taste. There was a touch of floral and a subtle sweetness (which I accented by adding the teensiest amount of sugar), but the main flavor eluded me. I decided to poke around and see what other Steepsters had to say about Bai Mu Dan in general, and then I found exactly the descriptor I was looking for: hay. The smells and tastes chiefly of fresh hay (not the nasty rotting-in-a-pile-in-the-corner kind!). This is not necessarily a flavor profile I have encountered before, and I find it very warming and comforting, which surprises me considering this is such a light tea.

Overall, I don’t feel qualified to give this tea a numerical rating, considering I have nothing to compare it to, but I do enjoy it immensely and I can’t wait to try other varieties and sellers to see the difference. And now I REALLY can’t wait to try that Butiki Cantaloupe & Cream blend that I’ve been eyeing!

Flavors: Floral, Hay, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Terri HarpLady

Welcome to Steepster!
I almost never give any tea a rating. No matter how long I drink tea, I just don’t have a consistent idea of how I would rate things, or on what basis. Add to that, I like almost everything I drink, with the exception of flavored teas that friends send me, which I sample but generally don’t purchase, although I do enjoy some of them. On the other hand, some of Butiki’s flavored teas are awesome! :)

Cameron B.

Thanks for the welcome! :)

I have heard so many good things about Butiki, I can’t wait to order some of their stuff.

TheTeaFairy

I also had white peony tonight, delicious, and yes, hay!!!

Cantaloup & Cream is certainly one of the best flavoured tea available, you won’t regret it.

Terri HarpLady

I’m partial to the watermelon xylophone :)

Cameron B.

Yeah, Butiki has about a million teas that I want to try… >>’

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drank Li Shan Oolong Tea by Yezi Tea
220 tasting notes

steeping times: 5s rinse, 30s, 45s, 40s, 50s

Meh. I tried everything I could to pull some flavor out of this tea, but it was far too light for my tastes. I even tried using less water AND increasing the steeping time simultaneously. Still nothing. Kinda vegetal with a hint of floral aftertaste, but other than that not much taste to this cup of tea.

Flavors: Flowers, Vegetables

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
Yezi Tea

Hi madametj,

Li Shan is high mountain tea (very high altitude, around 8000 feet), so you should definitely try to brew it with boiling water and add 15-30 extra seconds for the first brew (total around 50-60). This will allow leaves to open and develop inside of the gaiwan, and hopefully it will give you more rewarding brew.

- Meiqin

madametj

Thanks! I just wish this information was on the sample I received. Perhaps that’s something that can be done in the future.

Yezi Tea

Thank you for the feedback, and this is something that has been on my todo list for a while. Problem is the size of the sample bag, but maybe we can try to include an instruction sheet with very order. We already have instructions on the website, but maybe they are not clear enough. I will talk to my web designer to improve that section of the site. Thank you again :)

- Meiqin

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drank Yi Fu Chun Black Tea by Yezi Tea
103 tasting notes

Good (early) morning Steepster. I’ve been a little overwhelmed with work so haven’t been around much. I’ve been drinking tea but not writing much about it. This was a sample I got when I discovered Yezi’s sample promotion (3 free samples if you pay $2.95 shipping!). I went in search of their Jin Jun Mei, and I got it, this one and their Jin Pin.

I don’t get the smoke Yezi mentions for this tea, but I do get a little tobacco bite at the back end of the sip. This won’t be a morning tea for me, but is perfect for the afternoon. What comes through the most for me is sweet harmony. Like the Everly Brothers (and RIP Phil): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTYe9eDqxe8

More on my blog: http://mizzprissy.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/yi-fu-chun-yezi-tea/#more-552

Marzipan

My mom dated one of the Everly Brothers (she is from Muhlenburg Co).

MzPriss

They sang like naughty angels – that perfect harmony. Love them.

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drank Yi Fu Chun Black Tea by Yezi Tea
103 tasting notes

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drank Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong by Yezi Tea
4726 tasting notes

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drank Qing Pin by Yezi Tea
1847 tasting notes

Thank you Sil for the opportunity to try this tea. It is one I was really interested in after Jin Pin inspired me to explore Yezi’s site and try new blacks. Compared to Jin Pin, this is a much more smooth and mild tea. There is only a hint of malt but there is a fair bit of nice bready notes and honey. The sip ends with a touch of astringency but not enough to detract from the drinking experience. I am liking it a lot and I am happy I have more but in the future, I think I would prefer to order more of Jin Pin than get smaller amounts of both.

Sil

did i give you others from yezi? if not, remind me…you might like one of the other ones too

VariaTEA

I don’t believe so there are a lot of teas there so perhaps one was hiding.

Sil

no, no worries i’ll make a mental note that hopefully won’t get lost to set aside the others, that way you can at least try them before your next order :)

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Yunnan Jin Kong Que (Golden Peacock)

5/28/14

Origin: Yunnan Province
Vintage 2010
Dry Leaf: Scents of sweet tobacco, dried plum, dried apple. Leaves are tiny twisted brown and gold threads within the compressed cake.

Method: 4 oz porcelain Gong Fu pot
2 tsp tea – 4oz H20
200F 30” rinse/45”/45”

Wet Leaf: The small twists have unfurled a bit and are dark brown with scents of prune, wood, and sweet tobacco.

Liquor: beautiful deep plum, scents of the wood and prune

Flavor: Wood, smooth, sweet prune, no bitter, rich, subtle vanilla in the finish.

Definitely taste after a meal because it is heavy on the stomach.

Thank you to Yezi Tea for this sample with purchase!!

Flavors: Apple, Plums, Tobacco, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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oh god….life saving tea today. it was an indescribable delicious tasty cocoa-y mess of goodness…that kept me from killing anyone.

note to anyone who is a people manager out there….if you have an employee who is doing 5 people’s jobs and kicking ass at 4 of them, do NOT tell them that a conversation needs to happen about that 5th job because it’s not being carried as well as the other 4 jobs…ESPECIALLY when that person is also doing 15-20 hrs of overtime a week to keep things going. grrrrr

yyz

Unfair….

Especially if you are not being renominated for it. One of my friends went down to part time at her job because she returned to school to perdue her dream of a PhD only to be basically still be doing her old job because the new hire either is too lazy to put in the work or does not have the skill set to do the job ( she apparently wants to build software by pasting and clicking from other peoples work).
Though at one of my jobs it was not so uncommon for people to be worked to the point that they were so exhausted that they would have car accidents leaving the parking lot.

yyz

Renominated was remunerated.

Sil

naw… i mean i get OT…but today was also a conversation about how legally i can only work 48 hours..so can they hire a contractor or someone to help me…to which i responded…sure if you want me to rack up more OT babysitting said contractor since i know you won’t hire ppl at the level i need them to work lol

yyz

True. If it’s not a long term position that they are willing to invest in training the person you are probably better off, just dealing with it.

Terri HarpLady

Plus, if they give you an assistant, they’ll probably pile more work on too, just to make sure they’re getting their money’s worth.

OMGsrsly

Oh my goodness. ~hands you another cup of tea.

Lariel

This will be my next order from them.

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drank Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong by Yezi Tea
4726 tasting notes

I need to drink my yezi teas more often once i get my cupboard down in size and can rotate through teas more readily. I adore this one with just a splash of maple syrup…it always makes the world go ’round!

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Got this sample with a Yezi purchase,,thanks!!!!

From Jian’ou Co.; Fujian Province, China.

Dry leaf has the distinctive chopped-looking grey-green leaves with scents of cream.
Wet leaf turns greener than other white peony I have had. I guess this is the high grade quality!!! It has scents of wheat & oat.
Liquor is a light golden pearl, scents of cream and honey.
Flavor is light subtle cream, honey, fresh & clean. Really excellent Bai Mu Dan!!!!!

Flavors: Cream, Honey

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I pulled this one out today because i feel like i haven’t had it in a while. I really do love Yezi’s black tea offerings, and some of their puerhs have been really nice as well. I just need to remember not to buy so much in one go so that i have an excuse to place more frequent orders lol.

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drank Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong by Yezi Tea
4726 tasting notes

i am kind of fried. Things are both going supremely well at work, and at the same time, the crap just keeps getting higher and higher and i can’t seem to dig myself out of things. Finally got a little recognition for the work i’m doing, and then by the afternoon i was drowning again in things. Soooo while i’m still working on my sipdowns and the like, i’m also trying to make sure i have plenty of delicious teas at work to get me through the days. Today i remembered to add a small splash of maple syrup to this one for a tasty first tea today :)

jeweledthumb

I feel your pain with the work stuff. I’m in a similar situation.

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Finished the last of my Golden Peacock (aka 2010 Jin Kong Que)… In honor of World Goth Day, my SO and I are sporting some of our goth gear (my military hat with the Skinny Puppy logo and his favorite Tripp NYC pants) while having tea by candlelight and playing Tomb Raider.
Pu-erh shu and yancha, to me, seem like the most goth teas out of all the tea types. They are dark, mysterious, beautiful. And they are mostly misunderstood and under appreciated by many tea drinkers.
I absolutely love this tea. It has such a creamy mouth-feel and is so incredibly smooth. The notes remind me so much of winter honey from Kona. I think I got about ten infusions or so out of it. I definitely need to order more.

The set-up:
http://tea-pet.tumblr.com/post/86553766473/candlelit-gongfu-cha-in-honor-of-world-goth-day

Sarsonator

Skinny Puppy FTW!

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I originally had the review for this tea under Yezi’s Jin Jun Mei, which is obviously incorrect. I am putting it in its proper place, as well as making an update.

Round 1: This tea has a lovely malty flavor. I wish I could pick out some additional aromas or flavors, but alas, I cannot.

I steeped this at 205 degrees for 5 minutes. I also did a 2nd steeping for 6 min. I wish this tea was a little sweeter, but it was good. The second steeping had less maltiness and tasted more like plain tea.

Next time, I may add a teensy bit of sugar, just to see how that goes.

Round 2: I brewed 1 tsp in 3 oz of 202 degree water using very short steepings. The first was 30 then another 30, then 40.

I could barely smell or taste the maltiness from the first round. Instead, the tea smelled more grassy, and I was also picking up the scent of popcorn.

The flavor was good, but I actually preferred the stronger malty flavors from the first round.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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5/21/14

Origin: Yunnan Province, China
Vintage 2005
Dry Leaf- scents of pears and dried apples, tiny bit of wood
203F 2 tsp – 4 oz h2o
Gong FU
30” – rinse
30” liquor smells woody, sweet, vegetarian prune brownie. Taste is creamy, silky, smooth, sweet and woody notes.
45” as leaves loosen more, liquor is a darker burnt sienna color. Notes of wood but not harsh, smooth. Sweet prune bread, just prune,,no sugar.
. 30” leaves loose now,,the woodiness is turning into notes of espresso.
45” delicious and the feeling is cleansing and rejuvinating!!! Far Out!!
1 minute – I can drink no more tea but this last steeping is a light espresso note with subtle sweetness. There are some essences of dried fruit as well.

This tea has been stored very well and am glad that I got a chance to try it.

Thank u to Yezi Tea for this sample with purchase!!

Flavors: Cream, Stewed Fruits, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
boychik

Wow this one sounds amazing

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drank Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong by Yezi Tea
4726 tasting notes

MORNING TEA! i forgot to add a bit of maple today but of course this was still delicious and still ALL MINE! mwahahahahahaha…yeah so i love this tea, and i’m glad i still love it! so there! neener, neener!

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This tea has a lovely malty flavor. I wish I could pick out some additional aromas or flavors, but alas, I cannot.

I steeped this at 205 degrees for 5 minutes. I also did a 2nd steeping for 6 min. I wish this tea was a little sweeter, but it was good. The second steeping had less maltiness and tasted more like plain tea.

Next time, I may add a teensy bit of sugar, just to see how that goes.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

I know I steep heavily, but maybe you could try using 2 tsp, cause it’s a light tea in weight. Jin Jun Mei is very flavourful usually, so maybe this way you’ll get more what you are looking for out of it…
Just a suggestion :-)

Sarsonator

Worth a try! I tend to vary the brewing if I try a tea and don’t love it, so I’ll definitely try your suggestion. :)

yyz

I haven’t tried this with Yezi’s tea yet, but someone once recommended doing very short steeps with boiling water for JJM and especially with some of the ones that seemed a little bit off using more western type steep times this has made all the difference. My favourite is around 1.5 TSP/8oz with boiling water steeped for 5-15s the first steep, increasing by about 10s each subsequent steep until the steep tastes week and than I use increasingly longer steep times. As well one of my Jim has this flavour profile that goes through bright and fruity to normal op to a few final steeps of caramel, if you stop at the boring steeps you miss the best ones. Have fun playing with the tea I hope you find a way to make it more enjoyable for you!

Sarsonator

Thanks for the suggestion. I always appreciate the feedback, especially if it helps me find a better way to brew!

Yezi Tea

Hi Sarsonator,

Our recommendation for the Jin Jun Mei is 3 TSP for 8 OZ of water (about 4-5g of tea). We just fixed instructions on the site for water temperature, and your temperature was perfect (boiling water), and time for the 1st brew shouldn’t exceed 30 sec (this will give you a bit stronger tea).

Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

Meiqin

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drank Qing Pin by Yezi Tea
4726 tasting notes

I love this tea….malty and slightly cocoa-y and overall just delicious! I really am looking forward to being able to place another order from Yezi once i get my cupboard under control lol :)

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Had a good lunch and some time today on this Saturday so I could try this sample I received with my purchase from Yezi,,thanks!
This is my first Shu,,,I have only tried Shengs so far so I am excited!
When I opened the sample package, it smelled just like pears!!! Very intriguing but it dissipated very quickly after that and it was a light fruit scent. These leaves were pretty tight in my sample chunk though so I don’t think the smell was truly evident until I loosened the leaves with water.
I used 205F water and my little 4 ounce gong fu pot.
1. 15" rinse
2 . 30" bit of a second rinse because leaves very tight. Liquor is orange sunshine color.
3. 30" leaves have opened up more and there are definite woody notes with pipe tobacco. Liquor is darker in color, a deep auburn. Thicker too. Flavor is wood and tobacco and it gets better as it cools.
4. 45" even though I don’t want to drink wood and tobacco,,,I keep drinking it. It gives you a nice laid-back feeling. It does get heavy on the stomach,,,I see why it is suggested that you enjoy a nice meal beforehand.

I really love puerh and am fascinated by all tea. I think I like sheng better than shu,,,but I have not tried enough to know for sure. Great first experience with this shu and need to try more :)

Flavors: Tobacco, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
boychik

That’s because you are white and green tea lover

Lee

Exactly !! lol I was thinking that!! :)

boychik

I really like Menghai and Haiwan factories. Their shou is deep complex full of dried fruits notes.

TheTeaFairy

Happy first shou experience, sounds great!

Lee

Thanks!!!! I had fun!!!

Lee

I will have to check out Menghai and Haiwan,,,I am having a fun Saturday at home checking out internet so I will go there now!

boychik

Yunnan Sourcing and Dragon Tea House are highly recommended as source. One problem with YS if you choose china post shipping is soo slooww. 6-8 wks. Not a problem with US site. I think it’s in Portland. DTH gets to me under 10 days

Lee

Oh I see,,,these factories are the people that invented the shou technique,,,no wonder they good. I did try the Yunnan S. US site and I love it!! But yeah 6-8 weeks is a killer :( :( :(

boychik

China site has a better variety and some cakes are cheaper. Did you try their whites and greens? So delicious. I’m partial to Yunnan, so I even like their whites and greens. Blacks are just glorious . My last orders I picked green, white and black fr US site. Didn’t want to wait and ‘spoil’ fresh teas. And pu I picked fr China. Maybe it will develop better flavor and aged while in transit. Haha. It was a good sale 12%off. It’s good because they are cheaper than on other sites at first place.

Lee

Oh wow!!! Great sites!!! I love Yunnan too. The hot desert controls my spending on tea for summer lol bc I am afraid it will sit out and ruin if I don’t get to mailbox and meet the mail carrier. But in fall,,,,I’m back to shopping lol!! I bought ahead so I have a few from YS still to try!!

boychik

Same for me. I’m away for the summer with kids. Brooklyn summer is brutal too. The humidity is killing me, not heat. It’s opposite of desert, like jungle. Bleh
i read that ppl living in dry conditions should add humidity to maintain puerh.

Lee

Yeah,,I’m only aging a tiny bit and just drinking my new cakes for that reason :( Hey,,,life is short anyway,,,I drink my tea asap!!!

Lee

The cake I have is from 2011 so it has good flavors and though prices are higher, it’s easier to buy already aged than to try to humidify the desert lol. It’s impossible :)

boychik

Did you read on Teachat abt pumidors? Mrmopar has one. So cool

Lee

Oh cool!! I will look at this,,,like a wine fridge eh? Maybe I’m back in business here. Cool thanks! I saw Mrmopar’s sheng or shou thread,,,cool!

boychik

he is the best. so nice. i dont know if you follow him, you should. he gave me lot of advice on buying and stuff. he made a great setup. he shares his knowledge with everybody. MzPriss called him Pu-ru. he is ;-)

Lee

Lol Pu-Ru Cool! I will!!

MzPriss

Yes! You need to know mrmopar, and also really all the people that post on the pu of the day thread. Those people will teach you so much. And they’re nice! And mrmopar IS The Pu-Ru

Lee

Cool!!! Thanks you guys!!! I will be reading and visiting often!!! I need to learn more :) I like Pu-Ru lol

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