Seems GM has been all the rage lately and I was wondering what I was missing out on, but Steph was kind enough to send me a sample in our swap!

As I’ve stated, I don’t drink shou nearly as often as sheng, so my palate for shou is less developed (not that my palate for sheng is much further along). That being said, I do feel that this was one of the more distinct and defined-tasting ripe puerh teas that I’ve tried.

I used the entire 8g sample, gave it a wash and started with quick steeps, as usual. Nice dark brew with a shifting blend of earth and coffee flavors in the body, with an almost metallic mineral characteristic and a creamy mouthfeel. The aroma that it leaves behind in the cup is mineral and salty, and once I get over that little surprise, the qi comes in.

All throughout this session, with the above flavors, aromas and sensations vying for my attention, I felt myself very surprised overall. This was definitely a unique and engaging session!

Flavors: Coffee, Cream, Earth, Metallic, Mineral, Salt

Boiling 8 g

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I like tea, mostly unflavored. I drink all tea, with a preference for teas from China, Japan and Taiwan, with some exceptions.

I don’t rate until I have had a tea several times unless it makes a very strong, immediate impact.

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