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I’m still new to the world of pu’erh teas, but this one didn’t really excite me much. It tasted kind of fishy and even a tad sweaty, and compared to the other pu’erh I’ve tried (Verdant’s amazing Tian Di Ren Bulang Sheng from 2006), this one seemed kind of flat. It was in a teabag so I didn’t rinse it – maybe that’s why.

This was a swap from Jude. At least I got to broaden my horizons a bit!

TeaBrat

This tea is also a shu which is a lot different from a sheng. :)

Christina

Ah, see the teabag that I got in the swap didn’t say anything about that. I’ve never had a shu before this, but considering that I prefer green tea over black and have seen comments from others that shengs compare to shus the way green tea compares to black, I think sheng might be more up my alley.

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TeaBrat

This tea is also a shu which is a lot different from a sheng. :)

Christina

Ah, see the teabag that I got in the swap didn’t say anything about that. I’ve never had a shu before this, but considering that I prefer green tea over black and have seen comments from others that shengs compare to shus the way green tea compares to black, I think sheng might be more up my alley.

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Updated February 2014:

I’m a writer and editor who’s fallen for loose-leaf tea hard. Within a year of joining Steepster, I’ve spent at least $500 on tea, and gotten a whole bunch in swaps! At this point I’ve got a better handle on what I like and dislike, but I’m sure that there will always be more to discover.

Likes: Green tea, sobacha, fruit flavours, masala chais, jasmine, mint, citrus, ginger, Ceylons, Chinese blacks.

Dislikes (or at least generally disinclined towards): Hibiscus, rosehip, chamomile, licorice, lavender.

Things I’m on the fence about: Oolong, vanilla (I prefer it mixed with black teas or rooibos rather than green tea), white teas.

Still need to do my research on: pu’er teas.

I rarely score teas anymore, but if I do, here’s the system I follow:

100-85: A winner!
84-70: Pretty good. This is a nice, everyday kind of tea.
69-60: Decent, but not up to snuff.
59-50: Not great. Better treated as an experiment.
49-0: I didn’t like this, and I’m going to avoid it in the future. Blech.

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