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drank Pu-erh by Golden Moon Tea
186 tasting notes

DUN DUN DUN….

Pu-erh. The dreaded tea with the reputation that would make you want to run for the hills. Fishy tastes and smells. Bird feathers/droppings, nail clippings. Earth and dirt.

Needless to say, I was terrified to try this one. But I mustered up the courage and cut open that packet from GM. Then I hesitantly, very carefully, took a little sniff. You know what? This doesn’t smell bad at all! I thought to myself. It’s very earthy and rich and deep, with an almost bake-y smell. It’s very difficult to describe. The overall smell is similar to a black tea, but it smelled… aged. In a good way. Like an old, leather-bound book. Friendly, almost.

So I began to feel a bit more confident about the cup that awaited me. The leaves don’t do all that much in the pot, and they’re pretty plain looking, but a bit thicker-looking than most blacks (and they are jet black with some brown intertwined). The cup that this steeps up to be is DARK. A deep, deep amber, that you can only see as transparent if you stick it in direct sunlight. Otherwise, it looks like your spoon as disappeared into the black lagoon.

With lots of trepidation, I look the sip, and I was shocked at how inoffensive this was! Then I took another sip, and I thought, mmmmm. Boy is this tea complex. Infinitely smooth, with no astringency, and ridiculously sippable. Now onto the taste, which is so layered, I’m loving it. There’s a taste of earthiness. But we’re talking about more of a savory earthiness, like you’d get from mushrooms. Not dirt outside your house. There’s a level of smokiness. In fact, it’s the smokiness that I thought lapsang souchong was going to taste like. And then, the aftertaste… it’s earthy and deliciously sweet. I mean, as sweet as a green tea tastes on the aftertaste. I was thoroughly shocked at that flavor coming through. It almost has a thick mouthfeel, but is still so smooth and wonderful. I’m still boggled at that sweet component, because it is downright addictive. It’s savory and amazing. Ricky, the resident pu-erh king, really liked this cup as well.

If you’re really afraid of pu-erh, I suggest trying this one. It has its own unique flavor, but really isn’t that frightening. No fish components, and it’s loose, so you don’t have to worry about picking foreign objects out of the cake! Yay! I’m still marveling at the depth of flavors and wonderful savory elements. And that sweetness! MMMMM.

Second Steep
It’s a bit sweeter this time around, with less nuances and complexity. It’s probably the best second steep I’ve had of any tea, ever, but it still pales in comparison to the glorious first time around. I also find myself tiring of a tea and its flavors after one cup. Maybe multiple steeping and I aren’t made to be friends.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Suzi

Hahahaa! Hooray for taking the plunge! D: It’ll take me quite a while to work up the bravery to tackle pu-erh again, though!

teaplz

I just read your review of your pu-erh experience, and that sounds AWFUL! I’m so, so sorry that you encountered the fishy pu-erh, because if that had happened to me, I’d have never tried it again. If I had more than another cup of this, I’d definitely send it your way for tasting!

Ricky

Glad you like it :D

Hyrulehippie

whoa. I think it’s about time I got acquainted with your new friend.

Somehow I thought you could ONLY use gong-fu style brewing with pu-erh, so I was too scared to try up until now.

I’ve been meaning to try golden moon anyway…>__<

teaplz

Why am I craving this now!? :(

Hyrulehippie, I just followed the GM package. And if you’re going to order from them, get the sampler! Their entire catalog for $20. :)

Erynn

I love a good pu-ehr, from the earthy, damp cave scent to the deep, dark flavor. Bad pu-ehrs are bad, but good ones are fantastic.

And hey, Hyrulehippie — I learned to drink tea gong-fu style with Taiwanese oolongs from the friendly and wonderful Shiuwen Tai at Floating Leaves teahouse in Seattle. Oolongs done in a gaiwan are really fantastic.

takgoti

So glad your first pu-erh experience was a pleasant one! It’s funny that you said that about multiple steepings – totally makes sense when considered with your need for variety. I’m more of a find it, like it, drink lots of it until while interspersing it with different teas until I find something better gal.

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Suzi

Hahahaa! Hooray for taking the plunge! D: It’ll take me quite a while to work up the bravery to tackle pu-erh again, though!

teaplz

I just read your review of your pu-erh experience, and that sounds AWFUL! I’m so, so sorry that you encountered the fishy pu-erh, because if that had happened to me, I’d have never tried it again. If I had more than another cup of this, I’d definitely send it your way for tasting!

Ricky

Glad you like it :D

Hyrulehippie

whoa. I think it’s about time I got acquainted with your new friend.

Somehow I thought you could ONLY use gong-fu style brewing with pu-erh, so I was too scared to try up until now.

I’ve been meaning to try golden moon anyway…>__<

teaplz

Why am I craving this now!? :(

Hyrulehippie, I just followed the GM package. And if you’re going to order from them, get the sampler! Their entire catalog for $20. :)

Erynn

I love a good pu-ehr, from the earthy, damp cave scent to the deep, dark flavor. Bad pu-ehrs are bad, but good ones are fantastic.

And hey, Hyrulehippie — I learned to drink tea gong-fu style with Taiwanese oolongs from the friendly and wonderful Shiuwen Tai at Floating Leaves teahouse in Seattle. Oolongs done in a gaiwan are really fantastic.

takgoti

So glad your first pu-erh experience was a pleasant one! It’s funny that you said that about multiple steepings – totally makes sense when considered with your need for variety. I’m more of a find it, like it, drink lots of it until while interspersing it with different teas until I find something better gal.

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22-year-old NYC girl just starting out on her tea adventures! I used to hate tea. If you asked me a few years ago what I thought of tea, I’d tell you it tasted like hot, dirty dishwater. Not anymore! I acquired a taste for tea when I started drinking peppermint tea for my upset stomach problems. From there I graduated to teas like chamomile and Lipton. But Lipton wasn’t strong enough!

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