My puerh prompt fulfillment created a sipdown! I had to add this tea and I can’t believe there are no tasting notes from me on this one as I have had it for many years. I was probably too lazy to add it and just didn’t review, but since it is A. still available B. fulfills a prompt and C. is a sipdown, I will make the effort.

Superanna bought this for me in London long, long ago. I am a little bit mad at myself because I decided to make this for breakfast and did not realize just how large the remaining chunk was. It really was enough for two full sessions, so I have made 21 quart pictures of cold puerh to drink over the next few days. That is in addition to the four steps I had at breakfast. Suffice it to say that this one is a great resteeper.

I did give it a quick rinse and it really could have stood two as it was a little reluctant to open up. Once saturated, it gives and gives. The water turns dark almost immediately on early post-rinse steeps. I don’t mind, I love dark puerh if it is nice and smooth like this. One carafe for the fridge is actually steeps five through nine poured quickly. The other carafe is steep ten plus the leaves added to cold water. It is already dark enough to look like sweet tea after just thirty minutes or so. As I sad, I accidentally overleafed.

This one isn’t too heavy on the freshly fertilized farm aroma. It is just the right earthiness to be a great tea for someone just getting to know shu and won’t scare them off because there is absolutely no fishy or shrimpy aroma. It is a bit woody and has some high fruit notes.cold, I notice the minerality a little more but it isn’t strong.

All in all, it was a very good shu.

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I am a music teacher, tutor, and former homeschool mom (25 years!) who started drinking loose leaf tea about fourteen years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

My avatar is a mole in a teacup! Long story…


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