Golden Needle Ripe Puerh Tea of Yong De

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Pu'erh Tea
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Barnyard, Decayed Wood, Dirt, Dark Chocolate, Earth, Musty, Wet Earth, Bitter, Fruity, Sweet
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Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 9 g 7 oz / 208 ml

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This is strong and hearty, malty and rich, barnyard forest mountain dirt pu erh!

Flavors: Barnyard, Decayed Wood, Dirt

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Brewed gong-fu near boiling. Rinse gives smell of earth, slightly like old book/must, with an edge of what some might call “fishy”, but it smells right- not like a cheap pu’er fish/shrimp smell, but just a fermentation smell, like korean food or something good. Anyways, I’m pretty new to ripe pu’ers and this is my favorite so far. Has the flavors of other teas I’ve had but just better. Also, I feel like I can taste the characteristics of the pre-fermented tea in way- it has nice fruity undertones like a good black tea.
Nice stuff.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Earth, Musty, Wet Earth

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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This is a very tasty but bittersweet puerh tea. There were strong bitter notes in the first two steeps. There were some notes of chocolate in there but more like dark chocolate than milk chocolate. It did develop some fruity notes in the last couple of steeps too. This was a tea I really enjoyed. I stopped at eight steeps but I might go back for two more. At only $4 for 50g this is cheap. I bought 250g . Didn’t seem like the thing to do to buy only 50g when it was so inexpensive. I’ve had good luck in general with loose ripes from Yunnan Sourcing so I wasn’t too worried in ordering a large quantity. I wish I didn’t have time for this review and gongfu session. Normally I would be working Saturdays but not any more. My company went bankrupt and they let us go the other day. So I find myself with time on my hands. At least I have plenty of tea to drink. Planning to stop at a local tea shop called the Clipper Ship Tea Company later on today. If anyone lives on Long Island they are an excellent source of quality tea.

I steeped this eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 9.3g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. Judging by the strength of the brew I’m sure I could have gotten four or five more steeps out of the leaves.

Flavors: Bitter, Dark Chocolate, Earth, Fruity, Sweet

Boiling 9 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

Oh, that’s sad news. Best of luck.


Sorry to hear, I hope you find something else soon.


Yes my company was badly mismanaged. Management thought they could have prices much higher than the competition and stay in business. Of course the corporate executives made out like bandits.


Sorry to hear about your job. At least you do have plenty of tea to drink down.

Dr Jim

Good luck with the job search.


Oh Allan sorry about your job. I had to deal with that a few years ago to. Hope that you find something soon.


Sorry to hear. Hope things look up soon.

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