towerofdabble wrote:Trying to decide whether I should keep trying, if pu-erh is just not for me, or if maybe the pu-erhs I have tried were not good representatives.
Don't give up Tower! I am a "newbie" to pu ehr for about a year now and I am still confused too. I know a few others, who are far more experienced, will give you better advice:
Many told me to get samples, but that just confused me. However, Pu Ehr Shop offered some samples mentioned in the "Sticky" threads at the top of the Pu Ehr threads. I wish I had found these samples a year ago, especially the "taste of mellowness". Don't know if they are still available. Some are awesome and some are not. However, they are generous samples and each one is very different. If you hate them you can swap someone or just give up and you're not out much.
towerofdabble wrote:This one tasted to me like leaves that had been composting in a forest, with some dirt mixed in and a hint of black tea.
It does grow on you.
What did you think about the shu samples you rec'd?
towerofdabble wrote: I tried one of the shengs and it tasted strongly to me of tobacco. I couldn't drink this one at all.
I am not much for weighing tea, but tell us how much tea you used and how long you brewed. Some of us brew one full infusion and discard before drinking. Some folks just rinse once and drink the first infusion. Might try drinking the 2nd infusion.
towerofdabble wrote:Should I:
1. figure pu-erh is just not for me, and give away, sell or trade the Mengyang beeng
Thanks in advance.
Personally, I say don't give up. Read all the Pu Ehr threads and some of the tea blogs (the big pu-heads post their blog entry links here). Make sure you have all the information before you decide to scrap Pu for good!
joelbct, who started this thread, had my exact first experience with Pu Ehr: