5 Tasting Notes

Um, wow. I think maybe nope. It’s definitely musty, wet smelling and tasting. On the second steep it’s musty with a touch of fresh string beans when you string them. Or maybe fresh Lima beans. Some bitterness, a beautiful amber liquor—like a light bourbon.
I don’t think this is my thing, but…it’s honestly not totally unpleasant after it loses that “wet rag” smell and taste with additional steepings. Drying to my mouth though.
Probably I wouldn’t choose to drink this again.
Definitely interesting! No clue how to rate this, as it’s my first aged sheng.


The mustiness is usually from humid hot storage. Try to air it out a few weeks and see if it changes. Sometimes a double rinse can help in a little way.

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So I’m new at pu’ehr—bear with me here…
This is part of a sample pack I got from Crimson Lotus (who, btw, has amazing packaging!)
This is one of my first shengs, and the first one I enjoyed. I think it’s delicious, and so interesting.
There’s a hint of smoke, some oddly mouth refreshing bitterness, and a bit of cooked asparagus. On the second steep, there’s a bit of tobacco. But the mouthfeel is the shiz! It’s refreshing, cooling and pleasant. Not minty, but cooling nonetheless, and it lingers after the tea is gone. The water I drank afterwards was even more refreshing and cooling than usual.
I don’t know how seasoned pu heads like this tea, but I think it’s fascinating and delicious.
My stupid iPad won’t let me rate this, but at this point I’d say 90? I really dig it.
EDIT: I’m 4 (5?) steeps in. Just wanted to say that this is bitter, so if you don’t like that, this won’t be your fave.

6 g 7 OZ / 207 ML

I liked it well enough to put one away to age.


Did you? How long will you age it for?


I have drank about half of one cake and I really plan on a 5 year sample and somewhere between there and 10 it should be ready.

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I bought this yesterday when I was at NM Tea Co., and I’m sipping it this morning**. It is like an autumny hug in a mug. It is spicy, yes, but gentle enough to drink a lot of. It would also be FANTASTIC iced. The top note is a gentle cinnamon clove, but there’s also a “nuttiness” to this tea that my palate isn’t cultured enough to identify. Another brilliant tea from NM Tea Co.
On a side note, NM Tea Compnay’s customer service is the SHIZ, and their shop in Albq. is lovely.

**Brewing Note: I have no idea exactly how many ounces of water or at what temp. I throw about 7 tsp. in my Brown Betty, and fill that sucker up with water from the tea kettle on the stove. I know, I’m so not classy. Sorry.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Nutty, Pepper

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 7 tsp 40 OZ / 1182 ML

As long as you like it, that’s all that matters.

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This stuff tastes like autumn in a cup (although I would gladly drink this hot or iced ANY time of year). Of the 6 teas I purchased at NM Tea Co. to sample, this is the only one that I will be purchasing again—in BULK.

I can’t rate the actual tea that is the base of this blend because my palate is not sophisticated enough, but the whole shebang is delicious.

Apples, almonds, citrus,a touch of cinnamon, a faint hint of hibiscus, zero bitterness. If you like Juicy Fruit gum, you’ll dig this tea. I have never enjoyed supermarket bought flavored teas because they always taste kind of like potpourri—fake and plastic-ey and heinous, but there is nothing about this blend that is remotely “off”—it is amazeballs.

It really doesn’t need sweetening, but the addition of some honey didn’t hurt it any. Also, I brewed it in a full Brown Betty teapot—no clue how many ounces of water in actuality. You know— “about 6 cups, one for the pot, yeah, that looks about right”

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Cinnamon, Citrus, Fruity, Hibiscus

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 7 tsp

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Do you like Laphroaig? If you do, THIS is your tea. If you don’t so much—then nope, this is not your tea.
Smells like Laphroaig, tastes faintly of iodine, smells very strongly of peat. Not my thing. Nope.
I can’t give it an honest numerical rating, though, because it might be excellent tea. I can’t get past the smell.

Flavors: Peat, Smoked

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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