Imperial Kuding

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  • “Very Bitter, NO steep time at all for me just rinse for 10 secs to let it open, the pour boiling water over it and right back off again thats all it takes. can be used over and over and dosent seem...” Read full tasting note
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  • “From the Here’s Hoping TTB. This looked interesting: the tea comes as a single leaf, which is twisted into a cylinder. Here was an opportunity to try it. Big...” Read full tasting note
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Kuding tea (Chinese: 苦丁茶; pinyin: kǔdīng chá; literally “bitter piece tea”) is a particularly bitter-tasting Chinese tisane which due to their similarities in appearance is derived from several plant species. Two most common plants used to make Ku Ding tea, being the wax tree species Ligustrum robustum and the holly species Ilex kudingcha plant, the former being more commonly grown in Sichuan and Japan while the latter is most commonly grown and used in the rest of China.
This one is NOT an actual TEA, this is the Holly Species Ilex aka “bitter spikes”

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Very Bitter, NO steep time at all for me just rinse for 10 secs to let it open, the pour boiling water over it and right back off again thats all it takes. can be used over and over and dosent seem to quit but there is realy no need for more than just a few cups, i use it medicinally and not for taste. It takes only one “stick” of this to do what i mentioned above. Also I have way too much of this tea So if you would like to try some just let me know ill be glad to share.

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From the Here’s Hoping TTB.

This looked interesting: the tea comes as a single leaf, which is twisted into a cylinder. Here was an opportunity to try it.

Big mistake. The taste is really horrible and bitter. After the fact, I looked on-line and discovered that it is supposed to be medicinal (probably based on the theory that something that tastes bad must be good for you). I have to admit that I finished the cup, since it’s supposed to be good for blood pressure, and I got a little bit used to it.

Haveteawilltravel

Blend it with lemon juice and it kills the bitterness… They don’t call it Bitter Nail tea for nothing… hahah xD

Dr Jim

The question is, why bother?

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