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Thank you, Meowster!  Still delving into these teas.  Though this is described as ripe, if I didn’t know it was a ripe, looking at the leaves, I’d be questioning it.  Some of the leaves have a greenish tint to them, so I would guess that it’s a ripe mixed with raw… and not sure if any puerh producers actually do that or why they would WANT to do that.  The flavors would be so different, it’s like they would be battling each other.  But I think this is ripe.  The steeped leaves have a very bready fragrance.  The flavor is a bit on the lighter side, but I didn’t steep very long on that first steep just in case this was partially raw.  The flavor is almost like a sticky rice flavored puerh also with a boozy rum flavor at the end of the sip, which is new, and maybe coffee. The second steep is very smooth and leans more towards the typical PUERH flavor.  I think I’m hyping this puerh up…  All of the steeps had that boozy rum flavor throughout, which is definitely unique to this.  I wonder if it was whatever that greener leaf was… that I also have never seen in ripe puerh before.  Otherwise,  these steeps were amazingly consistent in flavor!
Steep #1 // 22 minutes after boiling // rinse // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // 3 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 3 minute steep
Steep #4 // just boiled // 10 minute steep
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derk

That greener leaf is probably the jiaogulan?

tea-sipper

How did I miss the “and” in the name?!? Okay, you’re probably right derk. The Jiaogulan is like ginseng and tastes like green tea… but I’m not sure what I’m tasting is Green Tea Flavor, if that makes sense.

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derk

That greener leaf is probably the jiaogulan?

tea-sipper

How did I miss the “and” in the name?!? Okay, you’re probably right derk. The Jiaogulan is like ginseng and tastes like green tea… but I’m not sure what I’m tasting is Green Tea Flavor, if that makes sense.

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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
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
Octaviatea.com
Davidstea
eco-cha.com
what-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
Mandala
verdanttea.com

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
aquartertotea.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), turmeric, bee pollen, 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. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer.) :D

Happy sipping!

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