Mixed in some Lapsang Souchong with the Golden Pu-erh today. The result was delicious.
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China’s wonder tonic
For more than 1,700 years, the Chinese have been drinking pu’erh – especially as a digsetif after a heavy meal. It is traditionally aged underground, and as with fine wine, the older it is, the more prized its taste. This particular tea is part of the new school of pu’erh production. Called a “cooked” (shou) pu’erh, it’s heated and fully dried to simulate aging. So unlike some pu’erhs, you don’t have to rinse the leaves before. It’s smooth, earthy and very strong, with a hint of dark honey. (MK Kosher)
Ingredients: Chinese pu’erh tea from Yunnan Province.
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First things first, they say it’s been aged for 5 years: what does it mean? Is this a 2006? 2007? Does it mean it stops aging once I buy it? I guess it doesn’t really matter, I get what they’re trying to say.
Anyway, I like this Pu-erh.
You can smell that this tea is young has just starting turning to earth. I don’t get how anyone can compare the smell of it to fish. I like the taste. It’s rich, full-bodied and yet refreshing. The fact that this tea is still young gives you a mix of vegetal and mineral (earthy) flavours.
Definitely recommended to those who are new into pu-erhs.
This is my first time trying Pu-erh tea. After reading all the comments I was hopeful that a great new experience awaited me. I am disappointed so far – this tea doesn’t seem to have much flavor at all. I have re-brewed the leaves 3 times, each time longer than the last, and it never seemed to improve. The flavor is not bad, it IS earthy, and reminds me of lapsang souchong, but I expected more. Maybe next time I will steep it longer initially.
I did what a lot of others said, and rinsed the leaves for about 10-15 seconds and poured out the water, then re-steeped. Maybe this removed a lot of the flavor? I’ll keep experimenting, as I really want to like this tea! Any suggestions are welcome to this pu-erh newbie.. :)
The colour of the tea is really dark. My first sip was a little taken back. I taste a lot of smokiness in this tea…almost like Lapsang Souchong. Nothing on the label mentions smokiness so I was caught by surprise. The smell from the bag didn’t indicate any of that either.