I had to add this tea because it has to be the most unique tea I’ve ever tasted. The material is ancient tree Assamica growing wild in the rainforests of Manipur, India. The tea is processed like a sheng and sold as such but it got oxidized while being transported for processing. If anyone got to try the Hua Tzu Pop Peak from Pu-erh.sk the processing flavors are similar but the material is quite different. This tea is sort of like a hybrid between an orthodox black and sheng but it’s own thing. It is definitely the most Indian tasting tea I’ve ever had. By this I don’t mean Indian tea but like Indian food and incense in a good way. About 10-20 years ago a Sunday morning trip to State College, Pa meant a visit to House of Kashmir, a hippie incense shop and t shirt owned by a guy from Kashmir followed by a Sunday brunch at the India restaurant across the alley. Take all the exotic scents from the incense shop, the flavor of the dosas and especially the rice pudding with grapes almonds and seasoned with cardamom and rose water chased with a mango lassi and you have the essence of this tea…sort of. You know how a good yancha draws an amazing parallel to many Chinese dishes or how a baozhong draws a parallel to a Bangkok curry? This tea combines the elements of fine Indian cuisine and toiletries in an amazingly pleasant way. I’ve been drinking single estate teas since 1991 and have never tasted anything remotely like it. The qi is also a blast from my past. In the early 90s, fresh out of high school and with little direction in life I smoked a lot of weed and worked in a boot factory. A typical workday started by smoking a little cheap ditch weed on the way to work, getting yelled at for getting there at 7:03, running to the cafeteria and chugging a quart of Folgers coffee. Yes friends after 10 steeps I can almost smell the ink and acetone and hear the drone of the burnishing wheel. Oddly fond memories for a middle aged therapist. The qi is a little too speedy and fogging for my tastes that prefer a sedating blissed out Yiwu buzz but it’s not jittery like a Jingmai. The closest I can compare it to is like an early 2000s fake Red Mark tea like the one sold by W2T…but like other aspects of this tea I really can’t compare it to anything else. For $.35g I recommend trying it and can guarantee you’ve never had anything remotely like it. Oh yeah and be sure to try the Nilgiri winter oolong. It’s like a tea version of a jasmine infused while Zinfandel in a tea…

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Natethesnake

Thanks. I had to add this tea because it’s made by a really cool guy with a unique product.

ashmanra

Great writing on this note! I felt like I could smell that shop and the food, even though it is not terribly familiar to me. You really did give a peek into the senses of the past and the experience of the tea.

derk

I’d love to try this based on your impressions, Natethesnake, but I’m not too keen on speedy feels. The 35g size makes it worth a try, though.

Natethesnake

I hear ya Derk. If not for the speediness this would be a regular in my gaiwan. I typically reserve it for early mornings before I need to engage in a laborious task. It’s not unpleasant like a Jingmai can be though.

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derk

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Natethesnake

Thanks. I had to add this tea because it’s made by a really cool guy with a unique product.

ashmanra

Great writing on this note! I felt like I could smell that shop and the food, even though it is not terribly familiar to me. You really did give a peek into the senses of the past and the experience of the tea.

derk

I’d love to try this based on your impressions, Natethesnake, but I’m not too keen on speedy feels. The 35g size makes it worth a try, though.

Natethesnake

I hear ya Derk. If not for the speediness this would be a regular in my gaiwan. I typically reserve it for early mornings before I need to engage in a laborious task. It’s not unpleasant like a Jingmai can be though.

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I’ve been a huge fan of all manner of black tea since the early 90s particularly second flush Darjeeling, Fujian, Yunnan and Assam teas but last winter fell headfirst into the sheng world and the rest is history…

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