China Pu-Erh Boxed Mini Squares ZH10

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Harvested from the mountainous Simao region of Yunnan, this tea has the rich flavor and warm, earthy notes that are characteristic of a fine Pu-Erh. A larger, pressed cake has been cut into smaller squares and packed in 80 gram boxes of 24 squares. Suitable for multiple infusions.
Origin: China

Steeping Suggestions: –
Leaf Quantity: 1 square/cup
Water Temp: 212° (boiling)
Steep Time: 5-6 min.

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810 tasting notes

my first pure pu-erh.

i did a quick steep for just about 5 sec, and then one long one for 5 min.
then i just did more and more steeps for maybe 4 to 5 min each. until the liquid got pale. i was too lazy to look up what the PROPER way to steep this is. also i have 3 more squares to work with.

this is a good pu-erh. i need to thank davidstea for making such awful pu-erh because it gives me a valuable reference to know what good pu-erh is. i mean heck! this tiny square probably isn’t even near the best. (i actually like the mini cake i had yesterday even more, and i’m glad i accidentally ordered 2 samples of it.) but this tiny square is not without it’s charm.

i had to let it rinse/steep for more than just 10-20 seconds, cuz the square is packed very tight and it took a while to break up in the water. and i know the point of a rinse is a rinse, but i drank the rinse anyways. and then my second steep was 1 minute. which i know is longer than it should be. my third steep was about 45 seconds. and i did a few more short steeps after that. all in my tiny glass gong fu.


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people always mention the word fishy when they talk of pu-erh. or how strong it is. but i personally found the whole flavor to be very mellow. like almost a tad dull?
now PLEASE take into consideration that this is my first pure pu-erh and i have purchased at least 6 others (probably more). so i still have a lot to learn before i feel like i really have perspective and appreciation.


oh but that made it sound like i didn’t like it! but i DID i did like it! i’m excited to try another pu-erh tomorrow.


My first puerh teas smelled terribly fishy! They tasted okay, though! My more recent puerh purchases have been more earthy, horsey, or shroomy. LOL!


Oooo yes shroomy is a great descriptor hah. and isn’t it yummy!! much better than my beginner pu-erh for shroomy sure.

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My first pu-erh! I’ve been very excited for this moment. All the descriptions of it sounded exactly like something I’d like, given my inclination for smells of musty basement, dirt and wet leaves.

Smelled like wet leaves in the bag, the rinse stage brought out much more of a, what my mother aptly described as, “bike tire air” smell. I know some people brew this gongfu style but I was kind of lazy about that. I used half a french press of water for one square, poured out some of the water at 45 seconds for a first taste. Yep, taste like bike tire air. But not unpleasantly! After the 4 minute-ish mark I poured the rest of it into my cup. My mother uncharitably described it as “still bike tire with some outhouse mixed in.” I had more positive connotations of decomposing log and musty shrooms. Pretty much exactly what I’d expect old wet tea leaves to taste like, but in the best possible way.
there’s some bitterness too that I noticed more as the tea cooled, but it’s not overpowering or harsh. It actually goes well with the earthy taste. A second steep brought out more earthy flavors and the rubbery tire taste was much less perceptible. Third steep is starting to lose intensity, but is still enjoyable.

Definitely looking forward to my next pu-erh experiences!

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still the best ive ever had :) so i ordered a bunch of Pu-ehr from Yunnan sourcing and i thought, “maybe i might have some left.” :) and i had one square left!

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Brews up a pretty dark brown. Smells and tastes pretty earthy and robust. It’s fun watching the blocks expand in the hot water.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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