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This cake has been in my shou puerh cookie jar for 5 or 6 years now. First taste. Figured I’d pair it with the silver-lined cup bought from Crimson Lotus back in the day. One wash of 15-20 seconds.

What an amazing shou. Elegant and refined, smooth taste, nothing stands out in particular. Full body, oily but like silk. Some nice astringency and prickly bitterness in later steeps. Disappears down the throat, lubricating and cleansing at the same time. Clean and clear, glowing red mahogany liquor. Instant warmth and calm, orange gaze, cheeks on fire. A certain cool. So comfortable. Bracing and refreshing, energizing, strengthening. Short for words. The taste of rain… why kneel.

Might be too fancy for the Muddy Mudskippers of the shou world but gosh do I recommend.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAQuoH_fOWM

This dirty sound could be a bridge for the Mudskippers to Storm Breaker’s flow.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYuNlLMYK34

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Bread Dough, Bright, Cherry Wood, Clean, Clear, Flowers, Iron, Medicinal, Metallic, Mineral, Mint, Oily, Pepper, Saline, Silky, Smooth, Spicy, Tobacco, Viscous

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 7 g 7 OZ / 200 ML
Javan

Thanks for checking in on this tea. Sounds good!

tea-sipper

A cookie jar for shou?!!? what a great idea.

Crimson Lotus Tea

I love your tasting notes. Thank you for sharing! <3

derk

Thanks! A good tea warrants a good note :)

Martin Bednář

I still have a second sample from you derk I may drink it soon-ish!

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Javan

Thanks for checking in on this tea. Sounds good!

tea-sipper

A cookie jar for shou?!!? what a great idea.

Crimson Lotus Tea

I love your tasting notes. Thank you for sharing! <3

derk

Thanks! A good tea warrants a good note :)

Martin Bednář

I still have a second sample from you derk I may drink it soon-ish!

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I most enjoy loose-leaf, unflavored teas and tisanes. Teabags have their place. Some of my favorite teas have a profound effect on mind and body rather than having a specific flavor profile. Terpene fiend.

Favorite teas generally come from China (all provinces), Taiwan, India (Nilgiri and Manipur). Frequently enjoyed though less sipped are teas from Georgia, Japan, Nepal and Darjeeling. While I’m not actively on the hunt, a goal of mine is to try tea from every country that makes it available to the North American market. This is to gain a vague understanding of how Camellia sinensis performs in different climates. I realize that borders are arbitrary and some countries are huge with many climates and tea-growing regions.

I’m convinced European countries make the best herbal teas.

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100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.

89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again.

79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.

69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.

59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possess off flavors/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.

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