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Thanks to Teavivre for this sample!

I’m still a pu-erh novice, although I’m fascinated by them and am trying to branch out. This is the first one I’ve tasted that has a date attached to it. I’m locking myself in my room with the A/C (not strong enough to actually make the room cool, but at least I’m not sweating… I hate summer.)

The scent of the dry leaves is definitely dark and earthy. There’s a hint of the “fishiness” associated with pu-erh, but it’s no more than a passing whiff. Beyond that, it just smells old. Like smoke and leather and oak trees. There’s a lighter sweetness to the scent of the wet leaf.

First steep – 10 s

It’s a very dark brown color. It reminds me of the barn I used to ride at, down the street from my house. It was built into a hill and was very long and narrow, dusty and dirty and dim. When I look at the liquor it reminds me of the color of a well-used saddle, dark and leathery and deep.

I’d definitely describe this tea as “woodsy.” It’s not heavy, but it’s dark, and there’s a surprising coolness of mint here.

Second steep – 20s

Still dark, flavor a bit stronger than the first steep. Unremarkable.

Third steep – 30s.

Oh, God, yes. I let this cool to drinkable temperature before I attempted a sip. Oh my goodness. The first thing that hits my tongue is caramel. Sweet, light, a hint of chocolate with just the tiniest bit of astringency at the finish. Lighter, golden caramel colored liquor.

I’ll post this now, since I don’t want it getting longer than it already is (oops), but Teavivre, you’re killing me. You’re killing me! I can’t wait till school starts so I have money to go tea shopping.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
Pureleaf

This makes both smile and want to try this puerh! It sounds very nice. :D

Michelle

:D It is delicious, highly recommend you try!

ashmanra

Also on my shopping list! I love this one.

Dylan Oxford

I wonder if that first steep should have been tossed out as a rinse. I’m less than new at Puer, but I’ve seen posts that a rinse does wonders

Michelle

The first steep is actually discounting the rinse – I did a short rinse before that :)

Scatterbrain

I love this one. Each batch I’ve gotten so far seems to be different though, it’s a little inconsistent. Sometimes all it needs is fifteen second or less steeps and produces a pitch dark liquor and lasts for 7+ steeps, but other times it takes 2-3 minutes to produce desirable strength and only lasts for 3-4 infusions. Strange. But still, it’s great stuff.

Dylan Oxford

Oh, we’ll then never mind :-)

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Pureleaf

This makes both smile and want to try this puerh! It sounds very nice. :D

Michelle

:D It is delicious, highly recommend you try!

ashmanra

Also on my shopping list! I love this one.

Dylan Oxford

I wonder if that first steep should have been tossed out as a rinse. I’m less than new at Puer, but I’ve seen posts that a rinse does wonders

Michelle

The first steep is actually discounting the rinse – I did a short rinse before that :)

Scatterbrain

I love this one. Each batch I’ve gotten so far seems to be different though, it’s a little inconsistent. Sometimes all it needs is fifteen second or less steeps and produces a pitch dark liquor and lasts for 7+ steeps, but other times it takes 2-3 minutes to produce desirable strength and only lasts for 3-4 infusions. Strange. But still, it’s great stuff.

Dylan Oxford

Oh, we’ll then never mind :-)

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Michelle, 19. College student: upstate NY.

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