VINTAGE 97 Immortal Nectar "Pu-erh"

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Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Earth, Marine, Mineral, Smooth, Vegetal, Wet Earth, Wet Moss, Wet Rocks, Fruity, Honey, Malt
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Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 2 g 181 oz / 5352 ml

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  • “Yum, yum, yum! More please! A nice smooth earthy Pu-erh with a hint of honey to it, very good iced as well as hot.” Read full tasting note
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  • “Scent reminds me of a fish paste that we used in one of my undergrad food chemistry classes. I was the only one in class that actually liked the stuff. I did a 10 second steep, dumped that water,...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I think I have finally entered an acceptance with myself that I will never be a “proper” tea-drinker because I simply can’t find “enjoyment” in pu-erh; I never taste all the “nuances” one should...” Read full tasting note
    50
  • “The penultimate day of my Advent calendar from Sara. I went out earlier today and had a fancy shou pu-erh. Came home and pulled out of my advent calendar… a fancy shou pu-erh. I guess it’s that...” Read full tasting note
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From Art of Tea

Since time immemorial people have traveled the world in search of the fountain of youth. Discover the benefits of our rare, premium cave-aged pu-erh, known to decrease physical stress and lower cholesterol. Our unrefined, medium-leafed, organic elixir yields a deep brown liquor with a light sherry bouquet and a smooth, earthy flavor. Best steeped long with water from a rolling boil.

Water Temperature: 206 F degrees
Caffeine Content Bold
Steep Time: 3-5 minutes
Ingredients: Pu-erh Tea
Origin: Yunnan, China

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Art of Tea is a tea importer and wholesaler based in Los Angeles, California. We hand blend and custom craft the world’s finest organic teas and botanicals. Our teas are carefully selected directly from growers, each one offering a unique story.

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Yum, yum, yum! More please! A nice smooth earthy Pu-erh with a hint of honey to it, very good iced as well as hot.

Cofftea

Curious as to what the difference between “Pu-erh” and Pu-erh is? lol:)

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Scent reminds me of a fish paste that we used in one of my undergrad food chemistry classes. I was the only one in class that actually liked the stuff.

I did a 10 second steep, dumped that water, then steeped for 5 minutes. Taste has an edge of that fish paste to it, but not in a bad way. It’s rich and thick, slighty vegetal and dirt-esque. Definitely umami. I think it’d be really good to brew some up and use it for the water to cook rice in, as a side to a real savory/spicy dish. Might have to try that sometime!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I think I have finally entered an acceptance with myself that I will never be a “proper” tea-drinker because I simply can’t find “enjoyment” in pu-erh; I never taste all the “nuances” one should taste in these expensive, fermented tea leaves, other than dirt or swamp water. Every. Single. Time. And I don’t enjoy either flavor note. Sue me. So after a week of not particularly looking forward to my morning cup of swamp water-flavored beverage (as that is the category this particular tea fell in for me; an earthy, yet marshy/vegetal taste, like something distinctly pond-scummy, which I taste very often in pu-erh) I have finally sipped this sample down (which I think came from Ost’s August 2018 cupboard sale, thanks for sharing!), and am quite pleased to have one less pu taking up space in my house.

Flavors: Earth, Marine, Mineral, Smooth, Vegetal, Wet Earth, Wet Moss, Wet Rocks

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 350 OZ / 10350 ML
tea-sipper

NO! You don’t have to like pu-erh to be a “proper” tea drinker! It’s understandable you don’t like it. And hopefully you aren’t basing this on mostly Adagio’s pu-erh, because I find those are very pondy. Maybe someone can send you small samples of very definitely not swampy pu-erh whenever your cupboard is pared down.

Mastress Alita

I have gone to tea expos, an nice tea shops, and sampled fancy, expensive, aged pu-erh from puportedly schmancy leaves that have rested longer than I’ve been alive, and have STILL thought it tasted like pond scum. Clearly it is my problem at this point. _;;

tea-sipper

Yeah, pu-erh just isn’t your thing then. Forget about it. haha But I wouldn’t call it a problem, unless you were bound and determined to be a pu-erh fan. :D

tea-sipper

Yeah, pu-erh just isn’t your thing then. Forget about it. haha But I wouldn’t call it a problem, unless you were bound and determined to be a pu-erh fan. :D

ashmanra

You don’t have to like puerh! I don’t love darjeeling…and the only other local tea lover I knew at first drank it nearly exclusively and I got the impression she was horrified that I didn’t love what was clearly best! Ha ha!

It seems you are drinking ripe puerh. Have you tried raw or sheng? It reminds me of green or white tea, depending on the type, but I find it too brisk and astringent, sometimes even sour, unless I make it way less aggressively than called for. But then I enjoy it very much! So maybe sheng is more your style, or no puerh at all, which is also perfectly good! A lot of purists would probably say only sheng counts anyway. Ha ha!

Mastress Alita

Come to think of it, I think I did drink one sheng at a tea festival that I actually liked. And i think my thought at that time was something along the lines of, “I can’t believe I actually don’t hate a pu-erh.” You may be right, perhaps I need to try more shengs. So far, other than a few flavored blends, my track record with shus has been terrible!

Martin Bednář

Honestly I prefer shengs to ripes too! So, I am totally on same boat as you; I like to drink pu-erh now and then, but sometimes they are way too time consuming. Or blend isn’t great. Depends!

If you won’t like it, not a big issue! I felt bit miserable when I came here and r/tea drinking mostly only tea bags, because of my collection. Now I am drinking almost everything.

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The penultimate day of my Advent calendar from Sara.

I went out earlier today and had a fancy shou pu-erh. Came home and pulled out of my advent calendar… a fancy shou pu-erh. I guess it’s that kind of day. :)

The scent is very mild and earthy. I brewed it western style as I’m not set up for gong fu at home, and I’m so out of it that I forgot to do a wash first.

So far, I like this one better than the 9016 Shou Pu-erh I had earlier today. I taste fruit and honey and a little earthy tone, in a nice balance.

The second steep has an even better balance. You’re walking in the woods. There’s no one around, and your phone is dead. Out of the corner of your eye you spot a falling leaf. There are falling leaves everywhere! They fall to the ground, honey colored, and somehow honey scented, and there is a variety of fallen fruit on the ground.

There is a hint of malt this time too.

The third steep is similar to the second. I kept meaning to rake the leaves once they dried, but then it rained again. Finally I raked them up wet, and it smelled kind of like this.

I’m going to keep steeping this until the flavor is all spent. I’ll comment if it changes.

Flavors: Earth, Fruity, Honey, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
derk

Sounds lovely :)

Mastress Alita

I was amused last night that my cheap Art of Tea pu was more enjoyable than his $35-per-cup one, hahaha.

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