These are alright after you get past the first couple flash steeps. Made the mistake of drinking those instead of dumping them and they were riddled with strong ammonia and barn floor flavors. After you get past that stage; it’s a palatable ripe pu’erh with a strong, nearly overpowering rice flavor. I did a single tuocha in a 150 ml gaiwan and that was probably a mistake, since even the short amount of time it took to slap the lid on the gaiwan and pour out the liquid created a frighteningly strong, opaque brew. Can’t say I’ll be revisiting my pouch of these any time soon. Maybe in a couple of years when they lose some of the ammonia and wet pile notes. It’s a unique pu’erh, that’s for sure.

Flavors: Barnyard, Fishy, Mushrooms, Rice, Wet Earth

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Eel and tea lover. Big fan of dark oolongs, Nepal blacks, and fruity herbals. I occasionally make the terrible mistake of trying weird teas and then spend a good 5 minutes scrubbing my tongue with a toothbrush trying to get the taste out of my mouth.

100: Downright addictive.
95+: A definite favorite. This is something I’ll reach for again when I want something special.
90-95: I’d drink this again without question. There’s probably 4 ounces of it sitting by the tea kettle.
80-89: I’m glad I tried this and I’ll happily drink through the rest of the pouch. Might not be on the reorder list, though.
60-79: This is either mediocre and acceptable or I hate it and don’t want to skew the rating.
40-59: Uh, this is drinkable. Probably.
20-39: We’re entering the abyss. Here lies danger.
1-19: Please take me out if I ever try to brew this one again.

If I’ve recently reviewed something that you’d like to try, let me know! I usually buy teas in 25 gram samples and have extra to pass around.



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