I had intended to do a light steeping this morning, but got distracted and ended up with my usual pu-erh black tar. Yummy.
Is there something about Pu-Erh that makes it turn into tar if you look away for even one moment? The adagio Pu-Erh Poe I have is exactly the same.
Yes, it does seem to be a universal characteristic of pu-erh. I assume that the decomposing/aging/fermenting process alters the bio-chemistry of the leaf such that it can more comprehensively enter into solution in the water than oxidized tea leaves do.
It is one of the reasons I like it, actually. Since over-steeping doesn’t produce bitterness, I tend to deliberately steep for absurd amounts of time and then cut the results with fresh hot water in the cup throughout the day. Today I’m drinking straight tar, though =)
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