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The aroma is RIGHT ON with the sticky rice! I totally agree! Another thing I like about this one is that the tuocha completely ‘broke down’ – at least mine did…I noticed some of the other tasting notes people mentioned they needed to ‘work at it’ – perhaps I just got lucky!? Color-wise the leaves were almost a mossy green – much lighter in color than other pu-erhs I have tried thus far. The liquid color is a caramel brown…very nice! The taste is VERY bold, a little astringent, on the verge of bitter but not in a bad way. I would say this taste more like a bold black than your stereotypical pu-erh. I like it! I also really like that it doesn’t smell like a stereotypical pu-erh :)

John Grebe

To puerh drinkers it is often a good thing when the compressed chunks or mini bricks or tuochas take some time to break down because it means that it fares better off with multiple infusions.

EntireTea

I liked the Camel’s Breath puer (also sold by Chicago Tea Garden) better than this one – if you haven’t tried it yet, I would recommend it! Also, I tend to break apart the puer cakes before steeping… I think that’s the traditional way to do it, since they were originally compressed like that so that they would preserve better on long trading journeys across Asia. I think I read that somewhere, anyways.

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John Grebe

To puerh drinkers it is often a good thing when the compressed chunks or mini bricks or tuochas take some time to break down because it means that it fares better off with multiple infusions.

EntireTea

I liked the Camel’s Breath puer (also sold by Chicago Tea Garden) better than this one – if you haven’t tried it yet, I would recommend it! Also, I tend to break apart the puer cakes before steeping… I think that’s the traditional way to do it, since they were originally compressed like that so that they would preserve better on long trading journeys across Asia. I think I read that somewhere, anyways.

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