Haha. This has to be the most forgettable sheng puerh I’ve ever had. Sandpapery young astringency fades away within several steeps. What’s left is a mostly flavorless, lightly vegetal-honey bitter cup with a whisper of cooling throatfeel.

The only aspect that stands out to me is the returning sweetness and even then it’s like “Whatever.”

Time for a lazy experiment. No control, no reproducibility. The rest of the sample I’ll leave sealed in its bag. The bag will be placed in a compartment in my truck to avoid direct sunlight. It will be exposed to higher temperatures and greater fluctuations than the relatively stable 65-70F, non-air-conditioned storage of my bedroom closet. I will forget about it all summer and probably find it when I clean out my truck sometime in November, at which point I’ll go, “Huh. I wonder how long this has been here. Let’s have a brew.” Or maybe I’ll forget about it all winter. Maybe whoever buys my truck in the future will find it.

What does the proposed treatment hold for such a vapid tea?

Preparation
Boiling 4 OZ / 110 ML
Martin Bednář

Better forgettable than plain bad :)

So Keta

Given a similar treatment of time, vapid people tend to mature and develop in surprising ways. To clarify though, I do not recommend locking someone in the trunk of your car all summer! HA.

tea-sipper

haha. Truck aging.

derk

So Keta, so true.
tea-sipper: that made me chuckle. I feel like my roots are showing.

Mastress Alita

I once had a sampler from one of Liquid Proust’s “introductions to puerh” hauls that simply said “cheap” on the package, with no other indications of what it was. It was the most foul tasting tea I had ever had. Now I sort of wish I had thought of something like this… instead I stuck it in a home-made advent calendar for my friend Todd and re-labeled it as “Coal”.

tea-sipper

haha. Perfect! Cheap coal.

derk

I found the pouch in my truck the other day after enduring a wicked hot summer (some days in the mid 110s F) and the winter which didn’t often get below freezing. It smells glorious. I’ll have to try it soon.

ashmanra

I can hardly wait!

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Martin Bednář

Better forgettable than plain bad :)

So Keta

Given a similar treatment of time, vapid people tend to mature and develop in surprising ways. To clarify though, I do not recommend locking someone in the trunk of your car all summer! HA.

tea-sipper

haha. Truck aging.

derk

So Keta, so true.
tea-sipper: that made me chuckle. I feel like my roots are showing.

Mastress Alita

I once had a sampler from one of Liquid Proust’s “introductions to puerh” hauls that simply said “cheap” on the package, with no other indications of what it was. It was the most foul tasting tea I had ever had. Now I sort of wish I had thought of something like this… instead I stuck it in a home-made advent calendar for my friend Todd and re-labeled it as “Coal”.

tea-sipper

haha. Perfect! Cheap coal.

derk

I found the pouch in my truck the other day after enduring a wicked hot summer (some days in the mid 110s F) and the winter which didn’t often get below freezing. It smells glorious. I’ll have to try it soon.

ashmanra

I can hardly wait!

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If you’re an aspiring or current tea grower, let’s talk! I am slowly beginning a tea farm here in Northern California. Currently growing are young plants pulled from the ground and gifted to me after a visit to Fairhope Tea Plantation in Alabama. The parent plants are sinensis variety from a defunct Lipton research project. I’ve also started seeds from Camellia Forest Nursery in North Carolina. The types include Camellia taliensis, an assamica variety, and 3 sinensis varieties including “Small leaf” “Large leaf” and “Black Sea.” To learn how to process tea into different styles, I plan on traveling to China and Taiwan if/when COVID becomes a relative non-issue. I’m taking Mandarin classes to aid in this journey.

Tea became a hobby and my daily drink of choice some time late in the last decade. My introduction to loose leaf came, following a lone tin of some Tie Guan Yin oolong many years prior, in the form of dumpster-dived Wuyi oolong packets that somebody left upon moving out of an apartment building. From there, my palate expanded to teas from across China and the world. I used to focus more on taste and still harbor the habit, but after trying sheng pu’er, I tend to focus more on how a tea feels in my body. Does it complement my constitution? Does it change my mood or does it enhance my current mindstate? While I may not mention those effects in tea notes, it is what I value most.

Flavored teas are not a favorite but I do drink them intermittently. Drink a variety of teabags at work. Herbal teas/tisanes provide balance. Unfiltered tap water heathen (it’s good here).

In terms of who I am, you could consider me a jill of all trades. Specialty is not my strength, as can be seen in the spread of my tea notes.

One thing I will always love is riding a bicycle.

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