My first sheng pu-erh and I definitely was surprised when I first tried this one. Given I was steeping it as a usual pu-erh so it came out really bitter first time.

However, the little cake works perfectly for steeping in a pot and I appreciate the flavor now. It’s really astringent in a nice way and has a smoky flavor. It’s definitely not a classic pu-erh as I understand it so that just means I am more of a shou type of guy.

This tea tastes like some sort of herb elixir, something that would make you live forever or at the very least energize and boost you.

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I was always a huge fan of teas but my tastes changed constantly. Lately I am on the path of discovering Chinese teas, but not limiting myself to that. I am, however, favoring straight teas at this point.

I love pu-erh, oolongs are always a treat, learning about greens is delicious, absolutely neutral towards rooibos or herbals and black is always a yes. Incidentally any combination of the above is ok in a blended tea, which I like to have time to time.

« The first cup kisses away my thirst,
and my loneliness is quelled by the second.
The third gives insight worthy of ancient scrolls,
and the fourth exiles my troubles.
My body becomes lighter with the fifth,
and the sixth sends word from immortals.
But the seventh—oh the seventh cup—
if I drink you, a wind will hurry my wings
toward the sacred island. »





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