I am brewing this in a pretty new zisha clay gongfu style pot. It’s a little pear-shaped one, and after a lot of internal debating, I decided I’d use it for Shu Puer. This Puer is pretty smooth, sweet, and creamy for a Shu Puer. It has a bit of the leathery aftertaste, but not too much. Of all types of tea, Shu Puer tastes the most consistent to me, so usually when I have it, it’s very subtle differences that make its character different from others of its type. Only a couple so far have had any significant stand-out qualities to me.

By the second infusion of this tea, I’m already getting an even smoother quality and none of the earthy aftertaste. It’s more mouth-coating and sweet this time, making me salivate more. Third and fourth infusions are similar, just not as sweet and a bit more dank and earthy. As for notes… musty, earthy, woody, and nutty all describe this tea. The usual shu Puer flavors. It’s a pretty clean one though overall, and mild.

Flavors: Creamy, Earth, Mineral, Musty, Nutty, Wood

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Hi there, fellow tea lovers.

My name’s Lion and I’m a Gongfu Cha practitioner, so I usually brew with a gaiwan for reviews unless there’s a more suitable brewing method, like using Japanese teawares for Japanese teas. I tend to stick to straight loose teas and scented teas in general, seldom dabbling in herbal and flavored teas. My favorite tea is Kenyan Silver Needle.

Aside from tea, I’m a generally creative person. I love to cook, write fiction, draw, decorate, garden, and do just about anything creative I can get my paws on.

Animals are really important to me. I’m a lion at heart, and I strive to better understand, respect, and appreciate other animals as best as I can. I advocate for better stewardship of wildlife and captive animals. We’ve still got a lot to learn.

For a long time I rated every tea I tried, but these days I don’t rate them unless they’re exceptional and deserving of a high rating. Here’s my rating breakdown for my reviews with ratings:

0 = Unpalatable, harsh
25 = Unenjoyable
50 = I’m indifferent
75 = Enjoyable, average
90+ = The best, would buy more
100 = Incredible, a favorite


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