244 Tasting Notes
I don’t know why I bother with factory ripe pu erh, I might just stop buying it. Scott’s ripes from Yunnan Sourcing are almost always delicious, bold, high quality, tested for pesticides, and overall consistently good. Lucy is no exception. It is subtly different from their other ripes, a little more complex. I think there is a bit of camphor in the background, which is nice. It tastes of bittersweet chocolate and very slight smoke. Very smooth, and moderate caffeine. Another winner from YS.
I have been curious about pu erh paste for quite a while now. It seemed like it would be bad, but hey, I’ve drank bug shit tea, so why not. It was actually interesting and not bad. The way I did it was to dissolve one tiny piece in about 50 ml of water, let it sit for a minute, stir it up, drink, then repeat since the little chunk dissolves slowly. But you can probably just let the whole thing dissolve in a larger amount of water and wait. One tiny piece can easily make 6 oz of tea.
It basically ends up tasting like a decent grandpa style shu drink. It was way smoother than I was expecting. Very easy to drink, and of course convenient. It’s akin to a high quality instant coffee – not as good as the real thing, but pretty good overall.
The doctor is in! I wonder where Dr. Puer got his or her degree? This is a nice smooth easy drinking shu. It kind of tastes like Dayi and Xiaguan had a baby, and it was mellower than its parents. Some subtle smoke, changing states of dark flavors, smooth and very clear, not very complex. It is on the lighter side. If you haven’t tried the Doc, this would be a good one to start with.
This was a good tea, though not my personal style. If you like Xiaguan ripes, I think you would really enjoy this one. It has a Smokey backdrop which I think people describe as camphor. The soup is really clear, which is unusual for a young ripe in my experience. It held up well and lasted a long time. This is old school ripe pu erh.
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