This tea is a drug. I kid you not… I had serious tea chi going on allll day long. It’s like… Peyote! yes, it really is that intense (okay I really have no idea what the big P is like but this is how I imagine it anyhow)
The leaves are pitch black, which isn’t unusual… but normally when you brew a tea like that the leaves lighten up a bit. Not these ones. Dark as the night.
The tea reflects that trait as well. It’s murky and mysterious. The first few sips are so rich and encompassing that one almost gets lost in it’s depth. I swear, I could feel it reaching into my very soul.
You think I kid? I swear, it’s the truth! and you know me, when I find something new, I throw myself headfirst into the leaves… so after four steeps (or was it five? I can’t recall now) I felt as if I’d been engaged in chakkra opening exercises all day long.
Now this is a tea for meditation…
My only concern is that there was a hint of fishiness every now and then, but not enough to bother my senses or put me off, at all.
Whew. I guess now that I’ve actually attended a yoga class today, my chi is all confused. Ha! :P
This isn’t a tea I’d want every day. To be saved for special occasions!
Thank you Kashyap for this sample. This was quite a trip!! Can’t wait to try this one in a Gawain.
Pu Erh • Yunnan, Shou Style
Dry Aroma: Rich, earthy, sweet.
Wet Aroma: Clean, wet earth, autumnal.
Cup: Dark rich burnt umber-hued liquor. Full bodied character with heavy mouth feel. Earthy characteristics fadeto a soft, lingering sweetness and a refreshing, cooling finish.
Directions: Use 3 grams (1 rounded tsp) per 8oz. of 200 degree watersteeped for 4-5 minutes. Veryforgiving extraction with 1-2 strong steeps. Great with rich, spicy foods as it cleans the palate as yousip and is easy on the stomach.