I’ve tried a few Laochatous and this one is my favorite so far. Ready to drink, very smooth, sweet, chocolate and fruity at the same time. Brews up deep and dark, coffee-like. Probably a good place to start for a coffee lover looking to get into Pu’er. These nuggets last a long time, and you can’t really over-steep them as far as I can tell; I’ve forgotten I had them in water a few times and the flavor was still lovely with no bitterness. This makes it a good work tea for me because I can focus on other things and still have a seemingly never-ending and delicious cup of tea that lasts the whole day.

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For many years I drank cheap asian market-bought oolongs because I really didn’t know what was out there. For the last year or so I’ve been educating myself and making a foray into better quality teas. During the course of my journey I have fallen hard down the puerh rabbit hole – it started with young sheng, but now there’s another even deeper hole in the aged category, and I may be careening down this particular rabbit hole forever. I do still find time for aged oolong, a good wuyi yancha, and the occasional aged white.

I stopped rating teas awhile ago. I guess the numbers stopping meaning anything after awhile. For a long time I was pretty good about keeping my cupboard up to date and reviewing teas, mostly to help me keep track and remember what I like. I’ve gotten lazy about that for the last several months.

The tea addiction has also spawned a new addiction to throwing pottery, and I have become mildly obsessed with making tea cups, shibos, and teapots.


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