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I’ve had this Puerh stored for quite a while now. I was waiting to become ‘worthy’ of the tea, since this is an aged puerh I wanted to try several other younger of the ‘same’ type so I could learn and compare how age and good storage would affect it.

I have to say I’m glad I got it, the difference between the youger and the aged (similar quality leaf) is incredible. The tea is incredibly subtle in changes but with very apparent and distinctive flavor and fragance. You still get some of the perfumy essence that characterizes bamboo ‘packed’ puerh but is not overwhelming (young can be a bit too much).

Slight sweetness that opens way to a great ‘clean’ taste and then it becomes menthol like and incredibly refreshing, is similar to the feeling of mint fading in your mouth. Yet, despite that clean feeling in your mouth you can taste the smokiness and bamboo fragrance in your palate. I did multiple steeps and the does change with steeps but the changes are very subtle and takes several steeps to notice them, which in my book means ‘great puerh tea’.

I’d recommend it to anyone who loves puerh or wants to learn more about them, but if you are in the later then make sure you get a young one to compare.

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TeaBrat

I have a bamboo puerh from Mandala tea and it’s yummy!

JC

When I first started drinking puerhs I saw the name ‘bamboo sheng’… I told myself ’you are going to drink that, that sounds amazing. I was partially right, it CAN be amazing!

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TeaBrat

I have a bamboo puerh from Mandala tea and it’s yummy!

JC

When I first started drinking puerhs I saw the name ‘bamboo sheng’… I told myself ’you are going to drink that, that sounds amazing. I was partially right, it CAN be amazing!

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Discovered tea a few years ago and I’ve been exploring ever since. I’m looking forward to keep learning and enjoy tea as I do. Keep learning, those who “know” stop learning and become irrelevant to the world.

I’m adding the scale because I noted that we all use the same system but it doesn’t mean the same to all.(I rate the tea not by how much I ‘like it’ only; there are flavors/scents I don’t like but they are quality and are how they are supposed to be and I rate them as such).

90 – 100: AMAZING. This the tea I feel you should drop whatever you are doing and just enjoy.

80-89: Great tea that I would recommend because they are above ‘average’ tea, they usually posses that ‘something’ extra that separates them from the rest.

70-79: An OK tea, still good quality, taste and smell. For me usually the tea that I have at work for everyday use but I can still appreciate and get me going through my day.

60-69: Average nothing special and quality is not high. The tea you make and don’t worry about the EXACT time of steep because you just want tea.

30-59: The tea you should probably avoid, the tea that you can mostly use for iced tea and ‘hide’ what you don’t like.

1-29: Caveat emptor! I feel sorry for my enemies when they drink this tea. :P

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