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I brewed this one gaiwan style, boiling water with very quick steeps. Did two rinses like the Verdant site says to. This one smells the way it tastes to me. But let me tell you a story first.

I used to work on a farm when I was younger. Go out in the morning and take the cows out to pasture. Then go out to the fields all afternoon throwing hay bails into the back of the trailer until no more bails would fit. Take the tractor to the barn and then stack all said hay bails.

Before heading out for another run we would have lunch in the late afternoon. Typically something that was easy to make yet hardy. Homemade deer sausage and burritos were fairly popular with homemade corn tortillas. I did this for a number of years. Then one year a business decided to buy the farm. Now all that stands there is a huge warehouse that I can see through the forest from my parents house.

This tea reminds me of the days that I worked on that farm. The corn notes reminds me of the corn tortillas. There are some hay notes I get in this tea as well that remind me of working hard days under the sun pitching hay bails. Underlying all that is the subtle note of forest. Where there isn’t farms, there is forest where I live. This tea is one that brings strong nostalgia for me.

This is a pleasant tea that isn’t typically of any other puerh I’ve had. Granted I haven’t had that many, but most are rich with forest and earth to me. This one it is much more subtle, a background note, one that you may not notice if your attention is elsewhere.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
CupofTree

I absolutely loved your story, thanks for sharing it. Its amazing how a tea brings you to these memories.

Invader Zim

Thank you. I was teetering on whether I was going to tell it or not, but it felt right considering how strongly this tea was making me remembering it.

Terri HarpLady

I’m glad you told it! Thanks! I love the stories people tell here! Tea brings images to our minds, & I love that!

ashmanra

Zim: did you ever have peanuts in Coke? All the farm folk around here would get a pack of salted peanuts and dump them in the glass Coke bottle. The peanuts mostly float, and each time you take a swig you get peanuts, too. I have been told that they did this because they needed energy putting in tobacco, but their hands were too dirty and sticky to actually handle food. Peanuts and Coke gave them caffeine and protein, so it was a great snack! My dad taught me to do it, and we still drink it now just because we like it!

Invader Zim

Lol, no I’ve never done it and I’ve never actually seen anyone do it, but I have heard of it!

inguna

“This tea reminds me of the days that I worked on that farm.”

It’s funny that you say that because I had the same feeling/association. This tea makes me think of my aunt’s farm where I stayed as a child.

Bonnie

OK when I go on vacation you can take over the stories for me!
Great job!

gmathis

Never heard of peanuts & Coke! Guess I was raised slightly too far north.

Invader Zim

Inguna: At least I’m not the only one!

Bonnie: Thank you! I’m glad to get such an approval from the story-teller, but I don’t think I have a story for every tea like you do yet.

Gmathis: Definitely not raised to far north! I live in Pa!

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CupofTree

I absolutely loved your story, thanks for sharing it. Its amazing how a tea brings you to these memories.

Invader Zim

Thank you. I was teetering on whether I was going to tell it or not, but it felt right considering how strongly this tea was making me remembering it.

Terri HarpLady

I’m glad you told it! Thanks! I love the stories people tell here! Tea brings images to our minds, & I love that!

ashmanra

Zim: did you ever have peanuts in Coke? All the farm folk around here would get a pack of salted peanuts and dump them in the glass Coke bottle. The peanuts mostly float, and each time you take a swig you get peanuts, too. I have been told that they did this because they needed energy putting in tobacco, but their hands were too dirty and sticky to actually handle food. Peanuts and Coke gave them caffeine and protein, so it was a great snack! My dad taught me to do it, and we still drink it now just because we like it!

Invader Zim

Lol, no I’ve never done it and I’ve never actually seen anyone do it, but I have heard of it!

inguna

“This tea reminds me of the days that I worked on that farm.”

It’s funny that you say that because I had the same feeling/association. This tea makes me think of my aunt’s farm where I stayed as a child.

Bonnie

OK when I go on vacation you can take over the stories for me!
Great job!

gmathis

Never heard of peanuts & Coke! Guess I was raised slightly too far north.

Invader Zim

Inguna: At least I’m not the only one!

Bonnie: Thank you! I’m glad to get such an approval from the story-teller, but I don’t think I have a story for every tea like you do yet.

Gmathis: Definitely not raised to far north! I live in Pa!

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I’m an avid tea drinker, it’s what I drink all day and why I’m here. I don’t sweeten my teas except for the occasional iced tea or cold-brewed tea. I typically brew my teas with a brew basket in a 12 oz cup. If I brew another way I will always note it.

Dislikes: black teas, milk flavored oolongs, hibiscus, red rooibos, licorice, dessert teas, mate, guayusa.

Loves: straight teas, especially Chinese green teas, sencha, jasmine, dan congs, mint, coconut.

My ratings are based mostly on the smiley faces. If a tea is of good quality but not to my taste preference I try not to rate it because I think that is unfair.

I drink a lot of the same teas and will not record every time I drink them. I log them the first time I try them and then again if I did something different and/or got different results.

I also try to keep my cupboard updated to what I actually have for those that wish to swap, although some of them are merely samples.

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