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So I walked past the store today and saw that they have a $1 straight tea sale, and couldn’t resist! and I’d also forgotten that I have a sample in my cupboard! I could have had the yummy assam bandaspaty instead*sighs*
Anyhow, I’m glad I gave this a go. It’s very fishy at first, but then less so as it cools. Very earthy to. I steeped it for too long, so it’s a little biting.
There is a natural sweetness here to, which I don’t find in all pu’erhs.
Funny, the sample I have at home isn’t fishy like that… I wonder if it varies per batch?
Oh well. I’ve raised the rating a tad. ugh and I’m feeling a bit queasy. I find that comes with the fishy note in pu’erhs. Well, can’t have everything right? C’est la vie!

Uniquity

I’ve only ever tried Pu-erh at David’s Tea and I always get the fishy smell and feel kinda nauseous. Thus, I gave up on Pu-erh! Greens sometimes make me queasy too, actually. It’s a bit of a bummer.

Indigobloom

apparently that’s a characteristic of lesser quality pu-erhs. I too was turned off for awhile… and then I got the sampler package from Jerry Ma, and wowsa- I was hooked! his teas are exceptional.
Oh and I get that from greens sometimes as well! :/

Daniil

One thing important with puerhs is to rinse the leaves first, I am not sure if they’d do that at DT or if that would in fact get rid of the aforementioned smell. I for one realized that the best tasting puerhs come from tuochas, any loose leaf ones I tried were at best mediocre.

Indigobloom

yes, I agree! and I don’t think they do rinse. Some of the girls at teaopia do, maybe I should try their pu-erh next. Most of the tuochas I see are so expensive… it kinda scares me haha

Daniil

Hear ya on that one, not to sound like a promotion but I usually get my tea at Tea Dynasty, I like their prices and the guy at the counter is super knowledgeable. He sold me pieces of tuocha before so I didn’t need to buy a whole one. But I am actually thinking of getting my first yixing pot for puerhs along with a nice tuocha for self present :D

Indigobloom

ahhh lucky you. I’ve seriously cut back on my tea budget these days. It’s out of hand and I need to use up what I have! esp those samples I got from Jerry. I have been craving a visit to TD though! I miss that place. and the counter guy to, he’s really nice!

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Uniquity

I’ve only ever tried Pu-erh at David’s Tea and I always get the fishy smell and feel kinda nauseous. Thus, I gave up on Pu-erh! Greens sometimes make me queasy too, actually. It’s a bit of a bummer.

Indigobloom

apparently that’s a characteristic of lesser quality pu-erhs. I too was turned off for awhile… and then I got the sampler package from Jerry Ma, and wowsa- I was hooked! his teas are exceptional.
Oh and I get that from greens sometimes as well! :/

Daniil

One thing important with puerhs is to rinse the leaves first, I am not sure if they’d do that at DT or if that would in fact get rid of the aforementioned smell. I for one realized that the best tasting puerhs come from tuochas, any loose leaf ones I tried were at best mediocre.

Indigobloom

yes, I agree! and I don’t think they do rinse. Some of the girls at teaopia do, maybe I should try their pu-erh next. Most of the tuochas I see are so expensive… it kinda scares me haha

Daniil

Hear ya on that one, not to sound like a promotion but I usually get my tea at Tea Dynasty, I like their prices and the guy at the counter is super knowledgeable. He sold me pieces of tuocha before so I didn’t need to buy a whole one. But I am actually thinking of getting my first yixing pot for puerhs along with a nice tuocha for self present :D

Indigobloom

ahhh lucky you. I’ve seriously cut back on my tea budget these days. It’s out of hand and I need to use up what I have! esp those samples I got from Jerry. I have been craving a visit to TD though! I miss that place. and the counter guy to, he’s really nice!

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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