I don’t usually drink actual tea this late in the evening but I really wanted to. I decided to go shu puerh because the fermentation actually results in less caffeine in the resulting tea. I haven’t spent a lot of time drinking puerhs of any kind, and I have gotten most of my exposure through the reserve club. That’s the point, of course! I haven’t come across a puerh that I love, but I often do enjoy them and I am glad to get a chance to try them all.

I am having a similar experience with this tea. It’s earthy, it’s piney. Funny, I didn’t expect this puerh to be so similar in feeling to some of the shengs I’ve had recently. The first steep of this tea is at once light in flavor but with a slight bite. In the second steep the bite has increased, moving almost to bitterness. I’m also getting a lot of conifer notes… juniper berries, cedar wood, pine needles. Also a bit of rocky minerals as well. After a few steepings I’m definitely starting to get some tingly mouth going on here. I have to say this is probably my least favorite of the puerhs I’ved tried through the reserve club so far. Maybe it’s the “camphor” notes. But I’m still glad I got to try it.

Bonnie

You’re right! Shu does have less caffeine! Sometimes shu reminds me of cabernet. Try a little sugar to tame the minerals.

Dinosara

You know I never would have thought of sugar for a tea like this but that’s a good idea!

Terri HarpLady

I haven’t tried this one yet. It seems like shengs always make me alert & clear my head, & shu’s tend to make me kind of drowsy!

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Bonnie

You’re right! Shu does have less caffeine! Sometimes shu reminds me of cabernet. Try a little sugar to tame the minerals.

Dinosara

You know I never would have thought of sugar for a tea like this but that’s a good idea!

Terri HarpLady

I haven’t tried this one yet. It seems like shengs always make me alert & clear my head, & shu’s tend to make me kind of drowsy!

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

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