I’ve had so much Jade oolongs lately. They are all starting to taste pretty similar. Some salts starting building up in my boiler, so I had to get water from somewhere else. It ruined the last of my Alishan too.
Since my stomach was cramping and I had a craving for a chocolaty black tea, I perused my darker tea selections. I almost picked a flavored Pu-Erh, but then again, the flavorings would upset my stomach too. Then there were twinofmunin’s bags waiting for me. I’ve been fascinated by this tea to say the least. I’ve had purple before, and they normally have a weird earthy quality that is hard to describe for me. Some pu-erh’s have aided stomach cramps before-despite them CAUSING them on a usual basis, but I knew I could handle this tea. Smelling the dry leaf, it was distinctly smokey and earthy. It made me think of fresh soil growing a batch of young grass under the remains of a burned tree.
Imagery aside, the first sip made me think of the dragon blood incense. Earth remained fixated in my head after five seconds of steeping. The temperature was closer to 170 F, and I have no idea what I did for the grams. Nevertheless, the ideas of incense and earth continued in steep two at ten seconds. I grabbed my little batch of Dragon’s Blood incense for comparison, and they were pretty close. They had the same smoked and earthy qualities I pick up, but the incense was sweeter and closer to sandalwood.
Three yield the same kind of dirt profile with a little bit more grassiness than before at fifteen seconds. I actually found this tea to not be as bitter, fishy, astringent, musty, or sour as other Pu-Erh’s I’ve had. Again, I’ve had purple teas before, but this one did not have the overwhelming potency that I’m used to with Pu-Erhs. Then again, I’m not drinking any more since I have to wake up early tomorrow ( why did I even drink this in the first place?).
I am pleasantly surprised that this tea did not affect me too much. The earthiness was welcomed, but I would not have it in large quantities any time soon. Not sure who I’d recommend it to.