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Special Reserve Puerh

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Pu-erh Tea
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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  • “Again I am backlogging - This was a very nice pu-erh tea I had at lunch today. I believe this is the one that was 30 years old and I drank out of the gaiwan. Very dark, smoky rich flavor. I think I...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Decided to go ahead and break out my third-favorite of the shou puerhs I have on hand since I'm in a Dim Sum mood and since I just had a bunch of nice aged sheng cha the other night I thought it...” Read full tasting note
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From Imperial Tea Court

For years, patrons of Imperial Tea Court have enjoyed and learned to love this aged loose-leaf “finished” (Puerh tea that has been allowed to ferment by introducing moisture to dried green Puerh leaves) Puerh in our stores. We are making this great tea available online so that Puerh lovers who can’t make the trek to our stores can still savor a bit of Imperial Tea Court at home. The rich, velvety mouth-feel and lush clean earthiness that can only be found in well-aged Puerh are experienced in abundance. The sweet, lingering aftertaste actually increases with each steeping. Despite its big, full-bodied nature, this terrific Puerh produces no bitter astringency.

Brewing Tips.Pre-warm a standard gaiwan (covered tea cup); fill with 3-5 grams of tea, cover with lid, and steep in near-boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Drain the tea into a second cup to avoid over-steeping. Adjust quantity of leaves and steeping time according to personal preference. Gong fu tea-brewing techniques are recommended for more advanced tea lovers. We suggest using a larger and thicker Yixing teapot to enable full expansion of leaves and full extraction of flavors.

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2179 tasting notes

Again I am backlogging – This was a very nice pu-erh tea I had at lunch today. I believe this is the one that was 30 years old and I drank out of the gaiwan. Very dark, smoky rich flavor. I think I am getting tea fatigue right now. I like puerhs but I do not think they are worth the overly inflated price or all the hype. Perhaps I will change my mind someday. This was a great tea with our lunch of vegetarian spicy noodles and buns.

Spoonvonstup

I feel like pu’ers are always best when you can sit down and drink them with friends. They become so excited when you share the experience directly with others.

TeaBrat

I sometimes drink them with my boyfriend but he would rather have earl grey. :-)

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Decided to go ahead and break out my third-favorite of the shou puerhs I have on hand since I’m in a Dim Sum mood and since I just had a bunch of nice aged sheng cha the other night I thought it would be nice to see how a good ol’ shou would stand up. Honestly, I’m a little let down tonight.
I’ve had this plenty of times at home and almost every time I go to Imperial Tea Court’s Berkeley teahouse (for some reason I tend to get an oolong or the Imperial Puerh instead when I go to the Ferry Building location in San Francisco) so I’m really familiar with it and love it, but tonight it just isn’t holding up for me. Still tastes great, just not blowing me out of the water.

Used 4g with 100ml water in a well-seasoned squat shi piao style zi ni yixing teapot. Single rinse with water shortly off a just-about-to-boil. I did not use my temperature probe tonight, but temps started around 97C and declined to 85C or so before refilling the kettle and bringing back up to just hitting a boil. Infusions progressed 15sec, 20sec, 25sec, 30sec, 35sec, 40sec, 40sec, 50sec, 60sec, 7min, 12min(boiling).

I feel really bad saying it, but the leaves look like the picture and the flavor matches the retailer’s description. The seven minute steep really didn’t taste a whole heck of a lot different from the 30 second steep. Bugged me to find the flavor and color declining at only the sixth infusion since I’ve pushed this to twenty brews before giving up… Usually I measure this one volumetrically into my pot, though, so I may be using only half or one third the concentration I normally do.
Dry Fragrance is woody and much like leaf litter. Wet leaf aroma same but moist, hahaha. I guess there’s a bit of cinnamon to the dry fragrance that’s washed out in the rinse and the wet aroma has a mossy, mineral, and barely noticeable clove note mixed with wet hardwood and plum (when warm, sorta intoxicating). Light currant and faint molasses sweetness to liquor aroma with more intense infusions providing a plum sauce heady aromatic base. Brews a very pretty darkish coppery orange color that is very clear.
Silky smooth. Full body. Bark off an oak tree and a bit of a cottonwood aroma. Steamed white rice sweetness that increases with each steep but not falling out of balance with base flavor. Has the set flavors you’d hope for in a nice, clean, mellow, well-balanced shou puerh and very reliable… but that’s what you get. The profile is pretty darned static. I have no reservations after tasting each brew in a tasting cup in tossing three infusions together and drinking in a single cup alongside food. Makes the food taste better. Goes reeeeally well with pork pot stickers dipped in soy sauce and more than made up for the failings of some sad steamed barbecue pork buns (still on my kick from last night – this experience a poor reproduction).
Final brew of 12 minutes tastes a lot like your standard sifted bud-heavy loose shou rinsed twice and brewed 3-5 minutes. Tasty and sweet but not exceptional.

Let down, but still a really good tea. This is one of those supreme comfort-teas I would keep on hand all the time if not for the price. Hard to beat in terms of tea that you can relax and have with dinner or watch a movie to. Best shared with someone though…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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