I traveled to northern Minnesota to visit my parents for spring break instead of going south as most sane people do. I did bring along my yixing and my dad gave me a large chunk of this tea to try. As I am delayed from driving home due to 5 inches of snow covering icy roads on April 1st, I decided to try the adorned in red, since it is pretty obvious I am going nowhere for a while!

My first reaction upon this tea is the wonderful cedar wood like aroma and flavor this tea has. I am on a fourth steeping of this and this cedar aroma/flavor continues to present itself more subtly each steep. It is giving way to a more mellow mineral flavor in the last steeping. This is a really nice and unique pu’er. I haven’t tried anything quite like it! It is a welcome surprise as I sit here watching the snowfall wondering if I am just the unluckiest guy on the planet or if there is some celestial April Fools joke being played on me right now. Either way at least I have a great cup of tea :)

Boiling 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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I am a tea lover who has been learning much about tea over the past year. I started with greens and lighter oolongs. Now shu pu’er is my tea of choice. Along the way I have encountered white, dark oolong, sheng pu’er and most recently black tea. I love them all but I generally do not care for flavored teas, as I find that they cover up the flavor of the tea. I enjoy reading reviews on steepster and find that they offer much insight on what to expect from a tea!


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