A menthol/mint taste?


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A menthol/mint taste?

Postby omegapd » Aug 10th, '08, 16:03

Hey All,

Still a Pu newbie here. I've tried about 5 different Shu so far and the latest one, Upton's China Classic, has a distinct menthol or mint (for lack of a better word) taste. Is this taste something common in Pu-erh or is it a defect? In all honesty, I kind of like it. It goes well with the earthy flavors...

Thanks,

EW
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Postby TIM » Aug 10th, '08, 17:45

maybe camphor is the taste you encountered?
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Postby Wesli » Aug 10th, '08, 17:47

Well call it camphor. Found more often in pu-erh made from old wild trees. Supposedly caused by the camphor trees that grow amongst these pu-erh trees.
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Postby hop_goblin » Aug 10th, '08, 19:44

Wesli wrote:Well call it camphor. Found more often in pu-erh made from old wild trees. Supposedly caused by the camphor trees that grow amongst these pu-erh trees.


Diddo. Is it a shu or a sheng. If it is a shu, I must admit that I have personally never tasted a shu that had any camphor profile. Interesting.
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Postby TIM » Aug 11th, '08, 12:30

Wesli wrote:Well call it camphor. Found more often in pu-erh made from old wild trees. Supposedly caused by the camphor trees that grow amongst these pu-erh trees.


....more maybe factories add camphor chips while storing them : P
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Postby Salsero » Aug 11th, '08, 12:34

TIM wrote: ....more maybe factories add camphor chips while storing them
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Postby omegapd » Aug 11th, '08, 19:40

Who knows? It's listed as organic under Upton's webpage. 8) I really like it though. It's inexpensive, has a different flavor profile than others and so far I hadn't found any bug in it like I have another inexpensive shu. Once I make myself order some more, I think it'll be the perfect "work" tea that I'll enjoy and not have to obsess over.

Thanks for the replies. Wish I had ordered more than a 15g sample...

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