2013 Yunnan Sourcing Xue Ju Shu Pu Ripe Puerh and Snow Chrysantehmum Tea Brick

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Pu'erh Tea
Chrysanthemum, Pu Erh Tea
Earth, Flowers, Honey, Leather, Smoke, Wood, Floral, Sweet, Camphor, Dill, Green Bell Peppers, Mineral, Pepper, Spices
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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 6 oz / 170 ml

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For our 2013 production we used aged ripe tea from three different sources produced in 2007, 2008 and 2009). This lovely semi-aged blend of ripe tea was mixed with Kunlun Snow Chrysanthemum flowers, and pressed into these lovely 110 gram mini bricks.

The aroma and taste of the tea and flowers together is just exquisite. They complement each other with a spicy and sweet taste that lasts 10+ infusions.

110 grams per brick (5 bricks per bamboo leaf pack)

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Absolutely lovely ripe pu-erh cake. If there are any unpleasant flavours from fermentation the chrysanthemum does an excellent job masking them. This blend tastes sweet and earthy, much like an aged raw pu-erh, with notes of leather, wood, flowers, and smoke. If shou is supposed to emulate aged sheng, this is the perfect example of it done correctly.

This tea brick was only about $10 for 100 grams of tea, so my expectations were not very high. Going to order much more next time as it’s great for an everyday pu-erh considering the price. I will say that the re-steep value isn’t great, I got perhaps three or four strong brews in a gaiwan before the flavour quickly dropped off. The cake has a loose compression which I love, I could easily pry off a portion with a butter knife and hardly any pressure.

Flavors: Earth, Flowers, Honey, Leather, Smoke, Wood

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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Backlog 16 June 2016

Well, quick thought before I dig into the review. It has been a LONG week. I’ve had forty students this week, and after spending a total amount of 120 hours with them between three weeks, I think we’ve all gone a bit daffy. I love them all, but after this week, I need tea—and a lot of it.

I wanted some tea that was stronger than Sencha, Chamomile, or an herbal/rooibos blend; therefore, I dug this tea out from the “Samples from Tea Friends” box. Yeah, I happened to start drinking it after 7:00 P.M., when I needed a full eight hours so that I could get up the following day at 5:45 A.M. to get ready for the day. However, I was so hyper/tea drunk, that I ended up saying, “The heck with it, I’ll keep drinking tea” until 12:30 A.M. And the result was a bit interesting.




A quick note on the flavor/color of the liquor before I decide to run away from the computer, to spend the day lost in the woods…..It was an enjoyable ripe pu-erh, and the chrysanthemum gave it a nice sweet floral bite. I jotted down, “malty floral flavors, with those wet wood, earthy, and sweet river nectar (?) notes.”

Overall, ‘twas a great session.

P.S. This sample was given to me by Kirkoneill1988 via tea swap. Thank you. It was quite fun.

P.P.S. This is a cheap tea that’ll blow your mind and get ya pretty tea drunk. Great for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.


Flavors: Floral, Sweet


Looks like you have some company in those pictures! ;)
This tea sounds quite exciting, and as I have some loose snow chrysanthemums on hand, now I wonder if I could make my own floral + tea blends with them.


Go for it. It was a fun little time, and h having “tea pets” for company was fun (really, they’re toys for my inner child from my wife). I think the snow Chrysanthemum goes well with Pu-erh.


Tea is always better with friends, no matter what shape they come in!
I just happen to have some loose shou pu-erh from my latest order…nice coincidence since I don’t often have any on hand. Will be worth experimenting!


I hope that you enjoy the session. Let me know how it goes :)


glad you liked it. i think i have a small chunk left


Well, you enjoy it. Quite a tasty tea.

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i have a big chunk left, maybe i can break it into two, anyone want to try half?


I’ll try some, if you don’t mind?


Awesome! Can’t wait to try it! :)


…Thank you.

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This was the perfect tea to start my sunny but cool fall day. It’s beautiful to look at, first of all, a field of beautiful dried flowers on a rich earthy shu background, but also rich & satisfying, with a zingy kind of quality from the chrysanthemums. I’ve always enjoyed chrysanthemums alone as an evening cup, especially nice while fixing dinner. They seem to be good for my appetite, and so I sipped this one while fixing breakfast, and while eating my breakfast soup, and after breakfast as well.


I tossed one of these in my hiatus-breaking order because I’ve never had chrysanthemum before. It sounded interesting.

Terri HarpLady

It is interesting! Probably my favorite flower to have as a tea, mainly because it doesn’t taste so…florally? At least not in a tutti fruity kind of way, if that makes sense…like it doesn’t remotely taste like bubble bath!


I’ve got it in the queue and am looking forward to trying it. I’m working my way thru my new sheng samples first to see which cakes I want to buy.

Terri HarpLady

I have so many samples to work my way through!


I know what you mean. I’ve prioritized them by what I’m most likely to purchase soon, aided by the wonderful reviewers here on Steepster! I’ve had some sheng samples so long the cakes are sold out, so they’re now at the bottom of the queue.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I have had that ‘sold out’ prob too.
I’m trying to focus on drinking teas from a location, or specific producer. So the current project is Master Han Bricks (I have years 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, plus various others from him that are not in brick form). I figure I’ll focus on those for awhile. Then maybe I’ll sample everything I have from Yiwu, or some other location :) Or maybe all the Purple ones, LOL

Terri HarpLady

I keep reminding myself that I don’t need to buy a whole cake of everything I like…


I tried that, but kept forgetting and bought whole cakes anyway. It’s getting hard to hide them all.

Terri HarpLady

Mine are on the 3rd floor n my bedroom. Someday when I die my kids will find them & it will be like an episode of hoarders…


You should have seen my grand-son’s eyes when I showed him my stash.

Terri HarpLady

My grand daughter comes over for tea, but I’ve never taken her beyond the collection in my office, LOL. She currently only likes teas that taste good sweetened…


do you taste red/green peppers and dill in this tea like i did?

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