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drank Maiden's Ecstasy by Samovar
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I am determined to make myself like this tea, because it’s not a bad tea. In fact, I can even say that it’s a good tea, and I just don’t ever want to drink it, for all that this contradiction is utter nonsense.

I’ve seen the information shared around steepster (by Ricky via someone else, I believe) about doing much shorter infusion times, and I will fall back on that if I have to…but I also saw something somewhere about Takgoti recommending to someone else that they steep longer to bring out the sweet part of this tea, so that’s kind of my plan today. Fact: I am scared.

There is just no reason for me to NOT like it, though. Nothing about it is bad. If I were asked to cite the reasons for finding it overwhelming, I would be unable to. It is tea.

It’s not even like it’s a strong liquor and likely to light up my nasal passages. So, wtf?

I completely refuse to be beaten by this tea. If I were able to point to anything about it and say this is what I don’t like, I would be content to let it go…but I can’t. I even find the smells and flavors interesting. So why do I not want to consume them?

The lack of logic there is vaguely offensive, somehow.

I will cultivate a taste for pu-erh if it kills me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
takgoti

HAHAHA. Oh, Sophistre. I do love your logs.

One of the best ways to enjoy pu-erh is to just keep steeping it, I think. Honest. Somewhere around steep 3 or 4, if I drink it consistently without significant breaks, I start feeling pretty amazing.

Ricky

See it’s weird… Samovar’s instructions tell you to do 2-5 minutes steep time… Now should I follow the standard 15 second rule or do a long steep?

Cofftea

Clearly I’ll be ignoring Samovar’s steeping suggestions. Short steepings w/ a lot of leaves are the only way I can drink unflavored cooked pu erhs. And even then they are not my favorite.

takgoti

@Ricky Eh, I enjoy it with a longer steep time. I think 15 seconds would be too weak for me, but it’s your tea. Do with it what you will.

Ricky

With Samovar, I think it needs more than 15 seconds. I think it really depends on the type of tea.

Cofftea

Ricky, I think it depends on how much leaf you use as well. 1g/oz of water is a lot so I like 20 sec steeps. Well I can drink them. They are good for what they are. I’m a raw or flavored pu erh woman:)

Ricky

Hahha, yes that as well =P

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takgoti

HAHAHA. Oh, Sophistre. I do love your logs.

One of the best ways to enjoy pu-erh is to just keep steeping it, I think. Honest. Somewhere around steep 3 or 4, if I drink it consistently without significant breaks, I start feeling pretty amazing.

Ricky

See it’s weird… Samovar’s instructions tell you to do 2-5 minutes steep time… Now should I follow the standard 15 second rule or do a long steep?

Cofftea

Clearly I’ll be ignoring Samovar’s steeping suggestions. Short steepings w/ a lot of leaves are the only way I can drink unflavored cooked pu erhs. And even then they are not my favorite.

takgoti

@Ricky Eh, I enjoy it with a longer steep time. I think 15 seconds would be too weak for me, but it’s your tea. Do with it what you will.

Ricky

With Samovar, I think it needs more than 15 seconds. I think it really depends on the type of tea.

Cofftea

Ricky, I think it depends on how much leaf you use as well. 1g/oz of water is a lot so I like 20 sec steeps. Well I can drink them. They are good for what they are. I’m a raw or flavored pu erh woman:)

Ricky

Hahha, yes that as well =P

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Ohhh, I dunno. I like tea but I’m kind of a tea newbie. At this point I can say with authority that I may never be anything else, no matter how many teas I try…there is always something new out there.

I write a lot.

I also play way too many video games.


Ratings! (Bout time, wot?) This is a new arrangement, so…subject to change!

1-10: Not potable. First-sip disasters.

11-30: Intensely unpleasant…won’t catch me finishing the cup.

31-50: I really don’t like it…but maybe somebody else out there would.

51-70: Drinkable, but probably not the first thing I’m going to reach for.

71-90: Pretty good tea, and stuff that there’s a good chance I’ll have on-hand. Will do in a pinch at the low end, all the way up to regular visitors to my infuser on the high end.

91-100: Teas I really do not want to be without.

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