Official Pu of the day


One of the intentionally aged teas, Pu-Erh has a loyal following.

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Postby puyuan » Aug 25th, '13, 18:57

Teaism wrote:
Tead Off wrote:
theredbaron wrote:
Tead Off wrote:
I think your advice is good for many of the teachatters, though. A different economic class if I might say. Agarwood at $500/per gram requires a different economic category that is not your average tea drinker! :D


Can barely afford it so I use it only in rare occassion. I use a sliver in one brewing session only. A gram of it is micro sliced into almost 50 micro sliver pieces. And still this one tiny miny micro sliver elevate the tea to many levels higher..in aroma, taste, texture and mental and spritual enhancement. Quite a unique experience and those who tried it would definately appreciate it.


I've tried aged tea with authentic (albeit processed) shilajit before. Luckily it was at the last brew, as it tasted just like dissolved shilajit and the effects didn't merge or reinforce each other either. Really interesting to see there are people pursuing this sort of tea alchemy.
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby Teaism » Aug 25th, '13, 21:34

This is not a new idea, but I just like to highlight for others interest and awareness.

I have a friend who is 82 years old now and still very healthy and still practising Chinese medicine. I often have lengthy discussions with him on herbs and ingredients, Chinese medicine and concept of health and learned a lot from him and apply some of the knowledge on tea.

My another big hobby is incense and fragrances which compliment tea ceremony. I enjoy Japanese incense "listening" and Chinese incense culture for many years (also have a vast collection of exotic incense and incense woods :D ). Traditionally incense are burn to calm the mind before tea ceremony and I do it on daily basis especially before my tea session.
Anyway, this is another big topic of discussion. I hope our fellow tea chatters here can have a thought in this and incorporate this wonderful practice/culture as part of your tea enjoyment.
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby gasninja » Aug 27th, '13, 08:50

I don't know if this is legit or not but there is allegedly cultivated agar wood very cheap. I have no idea if The quality is even remotely close?

http://www.scentedmountain.com/index.php
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby Teaism » Aug 27th, '13, 10:08

Be careful. There is a lot of fake in Agarwood. Some are not even Agarwood at all eg buaya. Also avoid plantation ones as they use chemical to aggravate the tree to produce resin. This is another big topic and even more insane price item. Tread cautiously my friend.
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby gingkoseto » Aug 27th, '13, 22:04

puerhking wrote:09 Changtai Qian Jia Feng -

Leaves were quite aromatic out of the wrapper. Grainy with a pungent aroma....with slight wood and camphor flavors. Chaqi was on the quiet side. Pretty nice session none the less.

Is it the "gold bamboo mountain"? It's one of my favorite chang tai series although I haven't tried any of the recent year ones. I hope they keep making it good.
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby BioHorn » Aug 27th, '13, 22:19

http://www.themandarinstearoom.com/1985-Loose-Menghai-8582-Raw-Puerh_p_1.html
Finishing 8 or so grams 8582 from Mandarin's Tea Room

If you are curious about aged puerh that is in optimal condition, this will be the best $13 you will spend. (Better yet, spend $26 and knock yourself out with 10 grams.) It is a lovely and long-winded extract that will fulfill your senses cup after cup. Less camphor/twang than 7542, but big richness.
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby JakubT » Aug 28th, '13, 13:58

Essence of Tea's new Guafengzhai... Hmmm, I have a hard time finding stronger positives of this one. It is a GFZ sort of tea, yes, but without much of its sweet depth, I'm afraid. Outside the unimpressive taste, it is really unimpressive too. Got to try it with stove water tomorrow.
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby gasninja » Aug 29th, '13, 18:55

06taipei tea expo mini cake . This is the best session I've had with this tea. Nice after taste . Still very little upfront flavor ( standard for Chang tai) but the huigan makes up for it.
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby debunix » Aug 30th, '13, 00:15

Enjoying day 2 with a sample of puerh that, if I recall correctly, came as a bonus with an order of teaware. It's labelled 2012 spring Luo Shui Dong, from Tea Urchin. A mellow herbaceous anise-y sweet young loose puerh.
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby Tead Off » Aug 30th, '13, 06:58

debunix wrote:Enjoying day 2 with a sample of puerh that, if I recall correctly, came as a bonus with an order of teaware. It's labelled 2012 spring Luo Shui Dong, from Tea Urchin. A mellow herbaceous anise-y sweet young loose puerh.

I like that tea a lot.
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Official Pu of the day

Postby debunix » Aug 30th, '13, 10:38

I used just a small bit of leaf--didn't weigh, now wish I had--enough to only fill the gaiwan 1/3 when wetted, and stopped last night after perhaps 20 or so infusions because I ran out of water in the kettle. I was still only on 1 minute infusions. Will do more infusions today.
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby solitude » Aug 31st, '13, 06:35

I am at the end of a session with the 2012 YS autumn mushu cha. I think it is a very good tea for that money. Especially the aftertaste and qi. Did any of you try this sheng?
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby puerhking » Aug 31st, '13, 15:08

solitude wrote:I am at the end of a session with the 2012 YS autumn mushu cha. I think it is a very good tea for that money. Especially the aftertaste and qi. Did any of you try this sheng?


I have the spring version. I thought it had a nice aroma and a good start and finish but seemed to be lacking a middle. It has improved some so I'm hoping that trend will continue.
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby PurplePotato » Sep 2nd, '13, 19:21

solitude wrote:I am at the end of a session with the 2012 YS autumn mushu cha. I think it is a very good tea for that money. Especially the aftertaste and qi. Did any of you try this sheng?


I've tried both the spring and fall version. Personally, I thought the spring version tasted like rotgut, but I loved how long and complex the aftertaste was. Intense chaqi as well. I thoroughly enjoyed the session, but I made sure to give away the rest of the sample :P

The fall version was much more to my liking. Maybe not quite as strong as it's spring sister, but that's hardly a put-down. I liked the apricoty taste, and thought it provided a good conterpoint to the strong astringency. After a decently long morning session, I put what I thought were mostly spent leaves into a tumbler to take on the road. This turned out to be bad mistake, as the result was undrinkably strong. I can definitely see myself picking up a cake.

Two things confused me about the fall version. One was how orange the soup was for being a young sheng. The other was how the price compared to the spring version. Sure, it was stronger, but over twice the price stronger? But what do I know...
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Re: Official Pu of the day

Postby AllanK » Sep 2nd, '13, 19:33

I am drinking a very good Puerh now and am on the second steeping. It is a 2001 Harney and Sons puerh. The man in the store said it was Shu Puerh but upon drinking it I think it is Sheng. It has that vegetal sheng flavor, but is very smooth. The tea looks like either a semi aged sheng or a shu puerh. Upon steeping it looked like a sheng or very light shu. Harney and Sons in Manhatten sells broken up cakes in 2 oz tins, not whole cakes. It is overpriced at around $19 a tin or so if I remember correctly. Has anyone else drank this tea?
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