Just wanted to note that this tea grew a lot on me and in fact makes me want to try more sheng pu-erhs. It took me some time to come to terms with the world of difference between sheng and shou pue-erhs.

I love the bitterness it brings, it’s definitely very unique to me in terms of taste, it’s different from shou bitterness as well as oolong or blacks bitterness.

I steeped the tuo cha in the thermos today and was pleasantly surprised to find lots of citrus flavor on the second steep. It compares well with Darjeeling grapefruit flavor but beats it due to aforementioned particular bitterness. Maybe it was due to higher overall steeping temperature due to metal sides, but I never got that flavor from gaiwan or glass pot from this tea.

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I was always a huge fan of teas but my tastes changed constantly. Lately I am on the path of discovering Chinese teas, but not limiting myself to that. I am, however, favoring straight teas at this point.

I love pu-erh, oolongs are always a treat, learning about greens is delicious, absolutely neutral towards rooibos or herbals and black is always a yes. Incidentally any combination of the above is ok in a blended tea, which I like to have time to time.

« The first cup kisses away my thirst,
and my loneliness is quelled by the second.
The third gives insight worthy of ancient scrolls,
and the fourth exiles my troubles.
My body becomes lighter with the fifth,
and the sixth sends word from immortals.
But the seventh—oh the seventh cup—
if I drink you, a wind will hurry my wings
toward the sacred island. »





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