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Oh my oh my this one should be interesting. It’s raw glutinous rice sample. First raw i’m trying out.

It’s close to my nose and this smell – honestly i so don’t know what to expect. It smelled kinda like dryish hay and something id rather not say out loud ;) No tea i’ve tried so far smelled even remotely similar to this one. I spread the little cake yesterday and kinda liked the smell. It was promising comparing to ripe pu ehr. But now that i’m smelling the wet leaves next to me really dont know. Shoulda have left it in another room. Tea itself doesnt smell so strong and could be a nice surprise. Color is not like ripe. Its way lighter. Like dark yellow to orangy.

Ohhh myyyy bitter. Hehe luckily i don’t intend to kiss anyone after drinking this.
While drinking the bitterness doesn’t make it very pleasant. But i’m trying to define the taste that sticks after. Do i like this or not. Think i actually kinda do. Its very ummm – spreads all over. Tastes like it smells – very very weird – quite strong herbal i guess. Or of that thing i don’t wanna name.
I’m quite confused. Don’t know what to think about it. It’s certainly memorable, it does have a nice color, it smells and tastes very particular and quite strong and it is quite bitter at first. I wont rate it. Can’t decide on this one… would be tho somewhere between 0 and 50. I should be sure for a higher rating ;)

Oh the weirdness…

EDIT
2nd steep was instead of like 20-25 s more like 15seconds. That made it quite less bitter and better. The taste wont leave my mouth. Is that kind of a drink…

2nd EDIT
Haha had to try and find what other people thought of this tea: i liked this comment a lot and it did ring a bell to me about what the smell reminds me of – farm, animals, hay. You know typical farm stink.

c/p comment of the dude i found on a forum:
“Haichao teablocks are small slabs of tea just big enough for a single cup’s worth (about the size of a small postage stamp & thinner than a pencil).They’re individually wrapped like pieces of candy. Apparantly, someone in yunnan decided to apply the pressed tea concept to several varieties of tea—Puerh & Jasmine (ho hum) black & green, and one I hadn’t heard of called Mi Xiang, which the package has described as having a “unique taste.” Naturally, I had to try the one I hadn’t heard of before. Problem is, the unique taste seems to be horse sweat.
The company’s website (http://ynhccom.ec51.com/) indicates that this tea is
scented with “sticky rice leaves.”" (Jeff)

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
Stephanie

Thanks for your reviews on these! I’m watching the same set on eBay (different seller, though) and was curious about it. They look so pretty wrapped up like this—like little bon bons. But the super-cheapness makes me wary of the quality.

malomorgen

Well i like to try stuff. And some of these, particularly this one, are really really memorable. Hard to say in what way. But as long as i’m not poisoned its all good ;) Idk it definitely isn’t the best tea but i don’t regret getting it. After all for 6 bucks i get to try 18 totally different pu ehr teas. At least now i got an idea. Next step is buyin a really good expensive one to compare lol

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Stephanie

Thanks for your reviews on these! I’m watching the same set on eBay (different seller, though) and was curious about it. They look so pretty wrapped up like this—like little bon bons. But the super-cheapness makes me wary of the quality.

malomorgen

Well i like to try stuff. And some of these, particularly this one, are really really memorable. Hard to say in what way. But as long as i’m not poisoned its all good ;) Idk it definitely isn’t the best tea but i don’t regret getting it. After all for 6 bucks i get to try 18 totally different pu ehr teas. At least now i got an idea. Next step is buyin a really good expensive one to compare lol

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born with a bit of a restless, curious and exploring spirit ;) love to travel and i do it a lot lately. enjoy good food and drinks. love trying out new stuff. just about to start exploring the world of teas and i’m really enthusiastic about it ;)

EDIT 4 months later:
still a n00b here but starting to get it ;) i try to buy loose tea but i got a lot of teabags too cuz it’s easier to find here. from not liking black tea ended up love it. green can be quite good too but waiting for more real ones to try. whites are sometimes awesome, sometimes not, rooibos and fruity blends are a good replacement for juices… and so on… still excited about every new tea… loving it more every day :D

since my favorite hobby is photography i take photos whenever something is interesting. including my tea making process…

Rating system (i’ll try to use it from now on):
0-20 sorry, can’t do it. ewwy
20-50 i’ll drink it if i have to, i f not no ty
50-70 its not bad, quite drinkable
70-85 i like it, might buy more
85-100 gimme more of this stuff

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