2015 Jin Zhen Li Cha Puerh Tea Cake Ripe

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
Pu Erh Tea
Flavors
Bitter, Earth
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Average preparation
Boiling 11 g 5 oz / 150 ml

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Bought this tea from a new EBay seller, or at least one new to me. I have won a number of auctions from this seller so I was admittedly hoping for something spectacular to start with. That would not be this tea however. Their was a lot of fermentation taste to this tea and it was of the unpleasant sort. There was also a fair amount of bitterness. I also at points seemed to detect a sour note but on that I’m not really sure. I only got this four days ago so it may simply need another week to get used to the New York environment. A fairly nice note did develop with this tea in later steeps. It’s not that this tea was all that bad, I was just hoping for something really good and got something really average. I will endeavor to try this again in two weeks and see if letting the tea air out a bit will help it. This is in my opinion not a good start for me with this seller. He sells a lot of tea on auction. Sometimes you can get his teas for a low price. This one some idiot ran up the price at the last minute. That is the problem with EBay auctions. There is always some idiot who is not actually commited to getting the tea but they are willing to raise the price for the serious bidders while trying to get something cheap.

I brewed this tea twelve times in a 150ml Jian Shui gaiwan with 11g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min.

Flavors: Bitter, Earth

Preparation
Boiling 11 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
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I sometimes wonder if those people who bid to up the price are friends or family of the seller. I typically bid near the end of an auction to avoid them. I also keep my bid low. If it gets away then it gets away. Sometimes you see the same item get relisted a day or two later.

AllanK

I have wondered about that too. With these particular auctions I am unable to use the strategy of coming in at the last minute because they all end as I am getting off of work. So I set a maximum bid for what I am willing to pay and hope no one outbids me.

mrmopar

The one bidder on them has a lot of retracted bids.

AllanK

Retracted bids are a little suspicious as I think generally the seller has to agree to it.

mrmopar

I think they bid it up and then get the seller to retract them without consequence. The same bidder has been doing it a while as I have been watching them a bit.

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