2013 Xue Ju Shu Pu

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Pu-erh Tea
Chrysanthemum, Pu Erh Tea
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Aged ripe tea from three different sources produced in 2007, 2008 and 2009). This lovely semi-aged blend of ripe tea was mixed with Kunlun Snow Chrysanthemum flowers.

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Not sure if I have the 2012 or 2013 since it came as an unlabeled freebie. Was really kinda nasty when it first arrived (from the overpoweringly pungent chrysanthemums, not the puerh), but after airing out for a few months it’s starting to settle down and get drinkable, and after aggressive rinsing it’s actually surprisingly nice. Sweet, and kind of a medicinal and spicy sort of flavor. After cursing this tiny brick (and it is tiny, that 100g is so densely compressed) for completely stinking up my entire YS order on it’s long journey here, I’m now actually enjoying its existence and looking forward to its future, so long as it promises to stay far far away from my other tea (and from my yixing).

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Wish I had read SANSNIPPLE’s note before trying this tea. It is indeed a bit unruly with its tackiness and pungency. But I put mine away in the cupboard as well and it did mellow some in the drying.

Brewing was another mess all together. Used my yixing pot, chaulk one up for naivete. Water at 200F and rinsed 5 grams of tea. I was able to get a nice chunk of tea from this small brick so I was not surprised when I rinsed and the color was a nice light brick. Then came the first steep which was as soon as the water filled the pot I poured. Mud, mud, mud. Smelled like mud, looked like mud, tasted like mud. If I only read the review first. But no, I drank the first steep anyway, yuck. Then it dawned on me to check the review, wait for it, ohhhh I should have rinsed it a few times, duh. Did three more rinses and the soup is still a dark brick colour, but no longer tastes of mud, and it does have a faint sweetness added to the traditional pu ehr flavors. I can now discern the flavors of the chrysanthemum versus the tea and I’m feeling a bit better about this unruly brick of pu erh.

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I had a little time to kill between weddings, so I came home to relax for half an hour, & made myself a cup of this, which I got in my last YS order. I do enjoy chrysanthemum, & of course, I actually have some here, so I guess I didn’t really need to buy a 100 G brick, but it is beautiful to look at, & I am always & forever curious, so I bought it.

I probably should be doing this gongfu, but I don’t want to take in TOO many liquids before the 2nd wedding, so I went with a western steeping of it for 3 min.
And…I don’t really know what to say…lol. It isn’t knocking my socks off, but it also isn’t gross in any way either. Very smooth, very drinkable, I’m getting a bit of a head rush, along with a nice tongue tingle. My sinuses are opening, & that’s a good thing. As I’ve said before, I think Sheng pure helps allergies, & now I guess some Shou Puerhs also are helpful, or maybe its the chrysanthemum flowers? Anyway, flavor wise, I’m having trouble pinning it down…
roasted hominy…a rich soil…a slight bitterness like hops…
my cup is empty, time to go play the 2nd wedding. I’ll try to return for a resteep or 2 later.


I thought the Shou I had earlier was helping my nose, so you might be right!


What a lovely weekend to get married! (Of course, I’m a little biased. Ours is tomorrow—29th.)

Terri HarpLady

Happy Anniversary, GG!

Terri HarpLady

I’m home from the wedding now, drinking a resteep.
Again, I’m just not really sure what to say about it. I’ve been outside so my congestion level has risen, & almost instantly upon taking a few sips, I feel like it has an antihistamine effect.
The flavor is similar to before, a little less ‘soil’, & the chrysanthemum is more present. The texture is shiny, lol, & a little drying. Instant tea buzz, BTW.

Now to pack some teas for Tony’s house, cuz in about an hour I’ll step into a 36 hour pajama party with good food, baseball, tv, reading, cuddling, & probably a bubble bath. I need a day off (although I did play hookie to hang out with Sil), & I’m taking it!


Terri , do you find you can breathe better with the shengs? I have asthma and it seems like some shengs (not all) help with the breathing.

Terri HarpLady

Uba, I do!
I’d like to drink a sheng every day, because I really feel that at least some of them help with my allergies. I really should start documenting it better.


I should do that too. I found Mandala’s Wild Mountain Green Raw 2011 seems to help. I’ve been taking supplements to help breathe better too. They help but I have to remember to take them daily.

Terri HarpLady

right! That’s my problem, remembering to do things.
Probably the one thing that helps my allergies the most is Nettles tea. If I brew a Qt & drink it each day, or at least most days, it really makes a difference for me.
I use 1/4 cup herb to a quart of water, let it steep til it cools down, put the jar in the frig, & strain it as I use it, spreading out small cups of it throughout the day. It’s actually pretty good cold.

Terri HarpLady

Admittedly, I haven’t been drinking it lately, due in part to my schedule getting so crazy.


I’ll have to try that. Thanks!

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August TTB

Steam rises fragrant
I sip a full cup of joy
Warm hug down my throat

(inspired by shreapops tea haikus! :)

Honestly I don’t have much to say about this tea. I actually thought it smelled really good, and I think it’s my favorite puerh so far. I wish I could elaborate on specific flavors and “notes” but my palate is not very sophisticated :P

Flavors: Sweet

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