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drank Pu-erh loose by Zen Tea
16 tasting notes

This plain foil sample pack arrived from Zen tea labeled simply Puerh Loose leaf. There was no notation of what vintage or what farm or factory crafted this tea. I’m getting skeptical at this point. However, I have tried and liked very much both of the other teas I have tried from Zen Tea. Therefore, I proceeded with a cautious optimism.

After depositing the sample into my small puer Yixing and giving it a rinse, I was greeted by a very robust, peaty aroma. Very strong tobacco and leather notes were being emitted from this first steep. I prepared myself for a very assertive brew.

In an effort to minimize the possibility of even an unpleasant swallow, I usually, at first, keep the steeps short. Even with a short steep, I received a inky, thick first cup. So far we have a very robust aroma coupled with a dark, thick consistency… First sip… It depends on which part of my tongue!!! There were too many different and varied flavors swimming around in my mouth. Some I could probably assign a flavor, but most not. None however were bad. Moreover, they were all as harmonious as the Vienna Boys Choir!!!!

All the flavors layer on top of each other seemlessly. Following steepings did not disappoint either. The flavor has moderated a bit, while not becoming more complex, but still very pleasant. This puer also has great endurance. I will not be able to outlast these leaves.

Perhaps I’m losing part of my logical faculties, or perhaps something otherworldly, BUT…. I can clearly taste the aroma of Iveron or Svir after each sip. These are both types of incense used at my church (Russian Orthodox), but I don’t have any at home nor have any unwashed clothes around that may carry the scent. I don’t know, but it is very pleasant, if not a bit strange.

Again, I want to thank Zen tea for the sample. It made for a very enjoyable drinking session. I’m very pleased with this unidentified puer!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

Oh my! I understand how the incense plays in. Take a look at my blog www.teaandincense.com the picture is my censor with some frankincense burning in it that I set up on my bed. What you can’t see to the right on the wall is my icon shelf.

ashmanra

I get you! I had a tea from Bonnie once (Hi, Bonnie!) that reminded me of incense! She had sent me some of the incense as well as tea, but the incense had NOT tainted the tea at all, it was just the flavor and aroma of the tea!

Bonnie

Hi Ash!

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Bonnie

Oh my! I understand how the incense plays in. Take a look at my blog www.teaandincense.com the picture is my censor with some frankincense burning in it that I set up on my bed. What you can’t see to the right on the wall is my icon shelf.

ashmanra

I get you! I had a tea from Bonnie once (Hi, Bonnie!) that reminded me of incense! She had sent me some of the incense as well as tea, but the incense had NOT tainted the tea at all, it was just the flavor and aroma of the tea!

Bonnie

Hi Ash!

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My foray into Asian culture in general and tea specifically began about two decades ago upon meeting my future wife early in our university years. I call it my Sino-ification, but generally it took more than a decade to become an honorary Chinese at least in the eyes of my family. I am still casually referred to as “white devil”, “barbarian” and “big nose”. However, I am indebted to my Chinese in-laws and asian friends for instilling in me, among other things,a great respect and love of tea culture, and all of its nuances.

Over the years, we have had the great fortune to travel throughout Asia, particularly in Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, and of course in Malaysia. Along the way always eating the local fare and drinking tea.

I am so glad to finally be connected to this site to further my knowledge and appreciation of tea.

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