This is the first Pu-erh tea I have purchased, but not the first I have tasted. Overall, I really enjoy this tea. The smell is a little odd at first. Many of my friends wont try this tea simply because the smell. It is almost like a creek full of fish in the spring….I could see how this smell might not be everyones “cup of tea”…..like we haven’t heard that one before.

This brews a very dark and full cup. The color is actually more like a black red / cherry red. The taste is earthy, smooth, and a little smokey.

I would highly recommend using a Gaiwan to brew this and not a large tea pot. This tea will produce a variety of flavors throughout the brewing process and you will miss a lot of that if you only brew one large pot. For example, the first brew is can be a bit crisp and refreshing almost. Then after you continue to brew I noticed a more smooth and full flavor, even smokey. After the 5th or 6th I really started to notice some of the wood-like flavors. My throat even reacted a little different throughout the process.

I brewed this anywhere from 30 sec to 3:00 min. Each will give you a different flavor and enjoyment!

Flavors: Earth, Smoke, Smooth, Wood

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Graduate student & tea enthusiast. Interested in learning the history, origins, brewing styles, and general information of various teas. Tips and suggestions to brew the perfect pot of tea are greatly appreciated!


Fort Collins, Colorado

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