Ahhh, I made this a different way, and it actually is the smoothest, softest tea I have ever had I think. I used an odd combo of times for prep:

Two 25 second rinses with boiling water.
First steep – 45 seconds with boiling water.
Second steep – 1 minute with boiling water.

Basically I was kind of doing Verdant’s western brewing, but was worried that the 2 minute steep might be a bit strong for my liking.

The first steep was very smooth and just like silk. No fishiness this time! Some earthy tones. There was a mild, rounded sweetness to the cup, caramelly and yummy, however, I didn’t pick out much variation in flavor overall…untrained palate woes :(. I just made the second steep so I’m hoping the extra few seconds might bring out a few different nuances of this tea.

ETA: The second steep is a tiny bit stronger than the first, I still prefer the first steeping time of 45 seconds and latter steeps will probably be this time as well.

I’ll find out how to make you just right for me yet, pu’erh! This is very very close. For smoothness, this is amazing. I almost tried this in my gong fu glass pot today, but wanted to try this way first. I have enough left probably for a small infusion before this sample is out. Then I might break into my giant brick, just need a bit more experience first I think.

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Ze_Teamaker

Pu Er is a very interesting tea. Don’t forget to try Sheng Pu Er as well; they are both different in flavor sometimes and processing. Also it should be noted that not all Shu Pu Er is fishy. One that I had recently that wasn’t fishy from Verdant was the Schian Caravan blend. It is a good blend to try, since it highlights what you look for in a Pu Er; the spice and numbness on the tongue.

P.S. I know David has a good, “How to break a Pu Er brick” video on the website.

MissLena

Ooh yes I have been wanting to try a sheng to compare the two, I have tried Sichuan Caravan and love it as well, I only have a tiny sample of it so I’m hoarding it :D

Bonnie gave me a few tips on breaking into a brick, but I’ll definitely check out that video too! As for the fishiness, I think that’s mostly from my inexperience with rinsing, as no one else has noticed it with this type of pu’erh. It is quite a unique tea, I like learning about it!

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Ze_Teamaker

Pu Er is a very interesting tea. Don’t forget to try Sheng Pu Er as well; they are both different in flavor sometimes and processing. Also it should be noted that not all Shu Pu Er is fishy. One that I had recently that wasn’t fishy from Verdant was the Schian Caravan blend. It is a good blend to try, since it highlights what you look for in a Pu Er; the spice and numbness on the tongue.

P.S. I know David has a good, “How to break a Pu Er brick” video on the website.

MissLena

Ooh yes I have been wanting to try a sheng to compare the two, I have tried Sichuan Caravan and love it as well, I only have a tiny sample of it so I’m hoarding it :D

Bonnie gave me a few tips on breaking into a brick, but I’ll definitely check out that video too! As for the fishiness, I think that’s mostly from my inexperience with rinsing, as no one else has noticed it with this type of pu’erh. It is quite a unique tea, I like learning about it!

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Hello all, I’m a newly graduated electrical engineer as of 2013 (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it’s excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte haha)

I enjoy a variety of herbal, white, green, oolong and black teas. I have also tried a few pu’erhs and matcha I am a bit sensitive to caffeine, but I find that in moderation I can still indulge in black teas and matcha.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I recently tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

MissLena’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.

I am happy to say that my caffeine intolerance seems to be subsiding! This is allowing me to try a wider variety of teas :)

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