Nervous about Pu erh


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Nervous about Pu erh

Postby CutieAgouti » Apr 15th, '09, 04:39

Hello Pu erh fans! I recently ordered a sample size of pu erh from adagio. I'm a bit nervous to try it out though. I'm just wondering about a few things.

Is it an acquired taste?

Is loose leaf pu erh very different from the compact pu erh? Taste wise or smell wise (this smells SO earthy!!)

And is it best to try it in its pure form or should I add anything to it? (I'm typically a purist when it comes down to additives and don't use them).

Thanks!
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Postby sp1key » Apr 15th, '09, 04:43

pure form, no need to add anything else...

depending on which puerh you have, its divided into raw (sheng) and ripe (shou). The later requires less time for aging. Strong earthy smell could be due to the storage condition the aging of the puerh.
Young raw pu hurts the stomach for most and isn't entirely enjoyable. '

Try them out see which suits you
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Postby MarshalN » Apr 15th, '09, 09:14

The adagio stuff is all cooked anyway, so no worries -- drink like you would any normal tea. It shouldn't be that nasty.
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Postby tony shlongini » Apr 15th, '09, 09:14

Nothing to be nervous about, other than receiving an inferior example of the breed. If you enjoy tea, there are myriad selections to keep you happy. If you want to "collect" tea, there is really only one* choice- pu'er.





*With apologies to fans of aged oolong, liu an, and nitpicking.
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Postby beecrofter » Apr 15th, '09, 11:01

A very quick rinse, and perhaps a small pinch of salt if your water is somewhat flat.
Earthy is the common description of puerh.
There are thousands of teas out there in case this one doesn't do it for you.
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Postby CutieAgouti » Apr 15th, '09, 14:41

Thanks for all the responses! I'm going to try some tonight once I'm done with work and let you know what I think!

Also how is the adagio pu erh tea cooked? Is it a roasting process?
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Postby Dizzwave » Apr 15th, '09, 14:51

CutieAgouti wrote:Also how is the adagio pu erh tea cooked? Is it a roasting process?

"Cooked" pu-erh isn't actually cooked. "Composted" might be more of a correct word. :) Not very appetizing, is it? They basically let the leaves sit in piles in a warm humid room, under blankets, for a month or two. It was devised in the 70s as a way of speed-aging the tea. It doesn't quite taste like truly aged "raw" pu-erh, but it's delicious in and of itself. Or is it? That's for you to decide. :) Don't let one make or break it for you though.. There are some nasty ones and some amazing ones. I haven't personally tried Adagio's.
good luck!
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Postby MarshalN » Apr 15th, '09, 15:08

Although cooked is not necessarily wrong either -- after all, the temperatures in the piles get quite high.
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Re: Nervous about Pu erh

Postby teaskeptic » Apr 15th, '09, 15:37

CutieAgouti wrote:Is it an acquired taste?


It definitely was for me. Chances are you will be pretty confused after you try it tonight!
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Postby shogun89 » Apr 15th, '09, 16:24

The others have pretty much covered everything you asked but I will add this. If you do not enjoy the Adagio samples, DO NOT GIVE UP!!!!! Adagio is not prided on carrying "the good stuff" (sorry Adagio). I would highly recommend getting some samples through www.puerhshop.com and exploring from there. It is truly an amazing tea and should not be given up on because of a bad sample.
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Postby Dizzwave » Apr 15th, '09, 16:39

shogun89 wrote:..."the good stuff" ... www.puerhshop.com ...

Hmmmmmmm......... :?
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Postby edkrueger » Apr 15th, '09, 17:32

Dizzwave wrote:
shogun89 wrote:..."the good stuff" ... www.puerhshop.com ...

Hmmmmmmm......... :?

Yeah, double hmm...
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Postby shogun89 » Apr 15th, '09, 17:43

I am not refering to this as being "the good stuff" either, sorry I did word it funny. If thats what your looking for then YSLLC would be the way to go. I was more referring to PS as an excellent first time place because it has fairly good products at decent prices righ there in the US. Its just more user friendly than an E-Bay source.
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Postby Dizzwave » Apr 15th, '09, 17:51

Well it depends what you're looking for, I guess. YS is great for young stuff. Nadacha is great for decent prices on what I'd call good (including older) stuff. Hou De is good for good stuff, if you can afford it. Puerhshop is good for stuff that you already know is going to be good (either from trusted reviewers, or samples), but I don't just take my chances there anymore. etc. etc. etc.! there are lots of little places out there to be discovered too, I'm sure.
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Postby Proinsias » Apr 15th, '09, 20:27

tony shlongini wrote:Nothing to be nervous about, other than receiving an inferior example of the breed. If you enjoy tea, there are myriad selections to keep you happy. If you want to "collect" tea, there is really only one* choice- pu'er.





*With apologies to fans of aged oolong, liu an, and nitpicking.


It's been noted you extend no apology to the fans of liu bao.
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