camphor


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camphor

Postby puerhking » Nov 9th, '08, 17:53

since many people....including myself.....think that camphor is a pleasant flavor in pu, I was wondering what ones you guys have come across that express that note most prominently. for me it is this one...

http://cgi.ebay.com/2003-CNNP-Yi-Wu-Zheng-Shan-Raw-Pu-erh-tea-cake-357g_W0QQitemZ350103799146QQihZ022QQcategoryZ38181QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1713.m153.l1262

tho mine is the imperfectly compressed version which per Scott will age more quickly.
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Postby Salsero » Nov 9th, '08, 18:52

I don't have an answer to your question, but I found a 2006 review of this cake (sourced from TeaSpring) by BearsBearsBears.

http://community.livejournal.com/puerh_tea/5468.html
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Postby heavydoom » Nov 9th, '08, 19:36

i still to this point do not know what the taste or the smell of camphor is. is it nauseating?
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Postby Salsero » Nov 9th, '08, 20:36

heavydoom wrote: i still to this point do not know what the taste or the smell of camphor is. is it nauseating?
Doesn't camphor have a sort of Vicks Vapo Rub aroma?
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Postby taitea » Nov 9th, '08, 20:39

Salsero wrote:
heavydoom wrote: i still to this point do not know what the taste or the smell of camphor is. is it nauseating?
Doesn't camphor have a sort of Vicks Vapo Rub aroma?


yes
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Postby heavydoom » Nov 9th, '08, 20:45

kinda like moth balls?


a very popular thing to do still, to throw in some moth balls into the closet. once in a while when i am walking around the city, i will detect a whiff of this wonderful fragrance from someone's jacket.

vicks? so no, i have not detected this elusive camphor smell yet in my pu erh tea.
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Postby omegapd » Nov 9th, '08, 20:47

Surprisingly, I've found one shu that had a subtle camphor/menthol aroma and taste. It's Upton's China Classic. Its also turned out to be my favorite shu...

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Postby Salsero » Nov 9th, '08, 22:14

I seem vaguely to remember finding a wonderful camphor taste/aroma in one or two of the very first sheng I ever tried, but what they were and precise memories of the taste are both lost bits of information. I would love to find one that has a distinctive camphor taste now.
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Postby odarwin » Nov 9th, '08, 23:36

as per scott,
he said this has a slight camphor flavor,
he sent this little baby in with a package to me for free and i enjoyed this more than the stuff i ordered...

http://cgi.ebay.com/2008-Nan-Jian-Tulin ... m153.l1262

i like it a lot, and ordered this along with stuff for my second batch of tea from him

i honestly cant tell which flavor is the camphor flavor, but this is a very pleasant everyday shou cha. i finished the small tuo a little over a weeks time in the office

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Postby Trioxin » Nov 10th, '08, 04:16

odarwin wrote:as per scott,
he said this has a slight camphor flavor,
he sent this little baby in with a package to me for free and i enjoyed this more than the stuff i ordered...

http://cgi.ebay.com/2008-Nan-Jian-Tulin ... m153.l1262

i like it a lot, and ordered this along with stuff for my second batch of tea from him

i honestly cant tell which flavor is the camphor flavor, but this is a very pleasant everyday shou cha. i finished the small tuo a little over a weeks time in the office

-darwin

My "to order" list is getting much to long, but I'm going to have to add this one to it. For the price, I guess you really can't go to wrong.

I know there is something I've tasted that had a slight camphor taste to it, but for the life of me I can't remember. its going to drive me nuts thinking about it now.
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Postby shogun89 » Nov 10th, '08, 16:25

odarwin wrote:as per scott,
he said this has a slight camphor flavor,
he sent this little baby in with a package to me for free and i enjoyed this more than the stuff i ordered...

http://cgi.ebay.com/2008-Nan-Jian-Tulin ... m153.l1262

i like it a lot, and ordered this along with stuff for my second batch of tea from him

i honestly cant tell which flavor is the camphor flavor, but this is a very pleasant everyday shou cha. i finished the small tuo a little over a weeks time in the office

-darwin


That ones been on my list for a while now. Maybe brewing moth balls with our pu. . . . . hmmm. . . . dont think the doc would like that. . . .
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Postby puerhking » Nov 10th, '08, 17:42

Salsero wrote:I don't have an answer to your question, but I found a 2006 review of this cake (sourced from TeaSpring) by BearsBearsBears.

http://community.livejournal.com/puerh_tea/5468.html


interesting Sal. I did not detect any smoke on mine, but it has been almost two years since his review. thanks for diggin that up.
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Postby Salsero » Nov 10th, '08, 22:07

puerhking wrote: I did not detect any smoke on mine, but it has been almost two years since his review. thanks for diggin that up.
I suspect that both the tea and the reviewer have matured and improved since then!
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