Black Tea (Shu Pu'erh)

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  • “Stating this tea tasted earthy would be a huge understatement! I don't mind though. I'm alone on this one. The rest of the family tasted only a couple times, and is now passing on further...” Read full tasting note
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  • “ What a complicated drink for my first review. I started off slow,only infuzing one cup at a time. My initial rinse left impressions of several flavors/sensations on different parts of my tongue,...” Read full tasting note
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Stating this tea tasted earthy would be a huge understatement! I don’t mind though. I’m alone on this one. The rest of the family tasted only a couple times, and is now passing on further tries.

There is a great depth to this tea. I find myself even thinking there is a small amount of grit in the liquid (there isn’t, though). Fermented mulch, definitely mossy, but not a strong fishy taste, was my thoughts while making multiple steepings. There is some kind of foggy swamp aroma that keeps rising from the cup. I don’t mind any of the above mentioned notes. Guess I’m weird like that.

The leaves are midnight colored, the liquid is a light reddish amber. There is a small amount of astringency, if I go past 5-7 seconds on the infusion. The liquid does turn dark very quickly if I let it got to 20 seconds. Looks like I’m going to stop at 8 steepings, and feel that it could have doubled, if not tripled that.

If you are not afraid of tasting through the “dirtiness” of like Shu Pu’erh this can be a nice tea to taste. IF is the key there. :)

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What a complicated drink for my first review. I started off slow,only infuzing one cup at a time. My initial rinse left impressions of several flavors/sensations on different parts of my tongue, too much for my novice palate to do justice with description. The deep red/brown color is misleading in thinking that there would be an acidic bitterness which was not present. For me the earthy aroma(as another post says)is mingled with an aqautic tone. The combination of bold yet smooth flavor is what I truely enjoy. I’m reminded of gray shades in a forest, older and richer than browns. Yet after saying that my next sip brings to mind a seaweed impression I’ve also seen cited. I guess ‘mossy’ is the word I want,but somehow that doesn’t seem right either. Such a difficult thing to describe for me. After a dozen or so steepings I’m finally getting to the nuttiness I first expected. The after flavor is surprisingly strong and stays with you like a tasty tomato you just pulled from the vine. In a sense I regret that my time with this tea is at an end, but let me also note that I would not drink this tea regularly, it is more occasion specific for me. I shall conclude my ramblings to include that Mumford&Sons-Dust Bowl Dance was my selected ‘tune’ for this tasting. Not because I deemed it fit, but rather this song has captivated me as of late.
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