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This is my third tasting for this tea cake.

Smell: Forest-like, a hint of burnt honey and tobacco.

1 Rinse, 1st brew: 2 min. 15 sec. : A bright earthy sweet and smooth tea. The aftertaste is pleasant — hint of honey. The flavour of this liquor is a little bit reminiscent of green tea.

Second brew : 3 min. 45 sec. : Smokey and bitter with a little bit of sweetness — odd combination. I may have over steeped the second brew. The bitterness going away while I’m drinking the tea. Now the smokiness is increasing as the tea cool.

WATER USED: Selection 100% Natural Spring Water

Flavors: Bitter, Earth, Honey, Smoke, Smooth, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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Second review of this tea, with a different kind of water, other parameters remain the same. One 10 seconds rinse.

1st brew at 3 minutes // 2nd brew at 4 minutes

Smell: Strong forest-like, honey and tobacco.
Colour: Light yellow, slightly cloudy

Only one flavour (tobacco) detected so far, I will let the tea cool down, it is very hot and seem to be a very dry tea. Yes, it is a very dry earthy tea with hint of sweetness. Tea has a tobacco taste with hint of honey-bitterness. A slightly lasting tobacco feel remain after drinking my first cup.

Second cup, Medium smoky-tobacco taste. As the tea cool down, I can detect a stronger bitterness. Wow, now my body feel so warm. Toward the end, the tea is gaining in bitterness.

Final thought: I think this tea will be good to drink after breakfast. People who like tobacco will enjoy this one. Time to quit smoking and enjoy a cup or two of this one. Nice to drink it outside during spring. This sheng explodes energetically.

WATER USED: Naya Natural Spring Water

Flavors: Bitter, Earth, Forest Floor, Honey, Smoke, Sweet, Tobacco

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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One 10 seconds rinse. 1st brew at 3:00 minutes: The soup is light, clear and gold in colour. Woody and earthy, this tea has a different tone than what I’m used to, the mix of the woody and earthy flavours gave rise to another taste that I can’t identify yet. It is more earthy than vegetal, like a forest with allot of trees and dirt. As a drink this tea, a honey flavour is progressively revealing itself.

Definitely sweeter as the tea cool down. The earthy flavours seem to diminish but the honey is getting stronger. As a drink it, all the flavours are merging together and about the same strength. Last sip has an earthy chocolate taste.

2nd brew 4:00 minutes: Earthy flavours are more pronounced than the first brew, starting to be a little bit bitter. After a few sip, it is earthy, bitter and slightly honey. Then, the honey notes are gone changing into a medium smokiness bitterness flavour.

3rd brew 4:45 minutes: Definitely smokey and earthy, at this point it is very dry. It started mellow, then it increased in dryness over many stepping.

I think, this one has more caffeine than the others puer that I had drink from my collection.

Let’s get out and bring out our bikes in this forest trail…we may found something interesting and comforting or we may disappear for a while.

Is it like a kind of “middle puer tea?” meaning something between a sheng and a ripe puer? Perhaps!

WATER USED: Nestle Pure Life

Flavors: Bitter, Chocolate, Dirt, Earth, Forest Floor, Honey, Smoke, Wood

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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