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A sample with my Teavivre order! Their article on pu-erh helped me figure some pu-erh stuff out, and I wish I had seen it before I ordered, because I probably would have requested a ripened sample rather than a raw. Ah well, I will try this anyway! Though this is supposed to be a cake, the leaves have already fell apart in the sample bag… they are long, black and dusty. The leaves actually smell like spinach which I just happened to have for lunch today. Teavivre’s instructions:
10 grams for 8 ounces of water – 212 degrees – rinse, 30 sec, 1, 2,3,4 min

Steep #1 // a few minutes after boiling // rinse, 1 min
I went with half my sample package. The brew is light.. a lighter brown. I expect raw pu-erh to have this color now which means I love the others – the dark color of the ripened pu-erh, and the flavor. The flavor of this one is a hint of spinach and also like cedar, which is probably why I dislike them more. I don’t like the woodchip flavor. Maybe a bit like apple and/or chamomile is here too.

Steep #2 // just boiled // 2 min
This steep seems a bit overdone – a little too tangy and astringent for me. But the flavor isn’t my favorite anyway. I wonder if everyone willing to sip pu-erh has a preference to either ripe or raw pu-erh. This reminds me of Fengqing Paddy Flavor Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2006, but I prefer the flavor of that one better, unless the steep on this one was just terrible on my part. This isn’t a terrible pu-erh, but I know that if I bought any pu-erh for my cupboard, it would certainly be ripened. It’s just to my taste better! I appreciate that I could try it though!

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
birdandblendtea.com
teavivre.com
52teas.com
svtea.com
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
fusionteas.com
aquartertotea.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
eco-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
mandala
Teajo
verdanttea.com
thenecessiteas.com
Davidstea

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
Specialteas

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. :D

Happy sipping!

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