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There is absolutely 100% no way that I should be drinking anything with caffeine in it at this time of night, but I could not help myself. I had a super-rich dinner of pasta with Lambrusco di Sorbara (I was wining and dining myself — tonight it was me, a bottle of sparkling wine, a carbohydrate overdose, and my writing!)…and…

I just wanted this.

The clean, fresh, earthy pu’erh piping hot sticky rice-ness of it sounded like the perfect counterpoint to all of that acidic bolognese and vino.

I think in my haste to sip it, I may have burned part of my tongue. >.<

But it’s still very nice. I wasn’t sure about buying the cannister of this when I got it, but I’m definitely not regretting it now. There’s really no other tea in my cupboard that can take its place (though I’d sure like to explore some — yum!).

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Ricky

I forgot to order this one! Oh well there’s always next time.

LENA

Is the pu-erh dominant or does this mostly taste like sticky rice? I’m trying to decide on a sample or tin. :)

p.s.- Your dinner sounds wonderful! And I’m reading this at 7:20am…LOL!

Jim Marks

sticky rice?

sophistre

Ah! I wrote another tasting note about it, actually, if you’re curious! Auggy’s is really good, too.

This is my first and only ‘green’ pu’erh, so I can’t say how much the sticky rice flavor conceals the pu’erh, but there’s definitely a flavor that is entirely ’pu’erh’ to the tea, to me. It’s an earthy flavor, but much brighter than the cooked/dark ones I’ve tried…like a scrubbed-clean iteration of it.

The sticky rice flavor comes from an herb called Nuomixiang (hope I spelled that right) that they store the tea with for some time before pressing…and it’s crazy how much like rice it smells. The cup it produces is pretty light (I followed Auggy’s recommendations and steeped for short steep times — anything less than a minute seems to produce a pretty mellow cup of tea), but VERY rice. I’ve actually felt as though I were being wasteful because I get kind of weary of the rice flavor and aroma long before I think the little nest is tired, but it’s really nice.

Jim Marks

Is this rice-ness similar to a ganmaicha kind of thing?

sophistre

Nope, it’s not a toasted flavor at all; it’s more like the smell of fresh sticky rice. Like a bowl of hot white rice.

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Ricky

I forgot to order this one! Oh well there’s always next time.

LENA

Is the pu-erh dominant or does this mostly taste like sticky rice? I’m trying to decide on a sample or tin. :)

p.s.- Your dinner sounds wonderful! And I’m reading this at 7:20am…LOL!

Jim Marks

sticky rice?

sophistre

Ah! I wrote another tasting note about it, actually, if you’re curious! Auggy’s is really good, too.

This is my first and only ‘green’ pu’erh, so I can’t say how much the sticky rice flavor conceals the pu’erh, but there’s definitely a flavor that is entirely ’pu’erh’ to the tea, to me. It’s an earthy flavor, but much brighter than the cooked/dark ones I’ve tried…like a scrubbed-clean iteration of it.

The sticky rice flavor comes from an herb called Nuomixiang (hope I spelled that right) that they store the tea with for some time before pressing…and it’s crazy how much like rice it smells. The cup it produces is pretty light (I followed Auggy’s recommendations and steeped for short steep times — anything less than a minute seems to produce a pretty mellow cup of tea), but VERY rice. I’ve actually felt as though I were being wasteful because I get kind of weary of the rice flavor and aroma long before I think the little nest is tired, but it’s really nice.

Jim Marks

Is this rice-ness similar to a ganmaicha kind of thing?

sophistre

Nope, it’s not a toasted flavor at all; it’s more like the smell of fresh sticky rice. Like a bowl of hot white rice.

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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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