Smoky Mushroom Tuo Aged Raw Pu-erh

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Pu Erh Tea
Astringent, Bitter, Smoke
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5 g 8 oz / 236 ml

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This is a 2013 Spring harvested tea from Ku Zhu mountain area of Jinggu county (Simao). The tea received a heavy smoke aroma during the kill green process as wood was used to heat the wok and the space was not well ventilated. After several years of storage as loose leaf mao cha the tea has aged and the smokiness has faded to a pleasant level. If you like a smoky pu-erh tea, then this one might be for you!

The brewed tea soup is orange-red, the aroma is that of smoke, mushroom soup, and fruit. There is a sweetness to the tea that is not at all at odds with the smoky character and reminds one a bit of meat or grilled zuchini. There is some astringency in the tea that can be moderated by avoiding long steeps in the first 5 or 6 steeps.

Any interesting tea for those who want to experience something different or for those who like smoky pu-erhs!

April 2013 Harvest (Pressed into Mushroom Tuo April 2021).

Ku Zhu Mountain area of Jinggu

250 Grams per tuo

There are also 7 Grams single serving Dragon Balls available that were made from the same tea leaves!

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Yup, this is smokey. And had bitterness & astringency in my first steep (after a rinse in hot tap water and another rinse for 10s in boiling water). Deep golden colored brew and very aromatic. The leaves were still quite green as you can see in the right-hand dish of the photo, which belies the teas youth and drier storage. By the 3rd steep, the smokiness had diminished but the astringency remained potent. Perhaps this tea will age to a smoother and sweeter brew in 10 or 20 more years, and if so, perhaps my heirs will be enjoying it.
UPDATE: I continued sipping this, now on infusion number 6 (five minutes). The bitterness and astringency have tempered, but the soup remains a beautiful, clear, deep golden color. Nice, round mouhfeel. Bumping up my rating by 5 pts. though the tea still needs more age. This, too, was part of the “smokey tea lovers sampler set” and I’m glad to have tried it.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Smoke

5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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