• Reviews

    Misty Peak Teas 2013 Sheng Yiwu Mtn Autumn Pu’er

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: compressed Ingredients: puerh tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: orangish gold Yiwu is probably my favorite mountain for puerh but the good stuff is getting harder to find these days. All of the offerings +Misty Peak Teas are hand made from start to finish by the Bin family. This is a bit unusual in the world of puerh so I was excited to give this tea a go. My sample had been broken off of a cake but the dry leaf was mostly whole and had a nice shine to it. The taste had the sweetness that I’ve come to expect…


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    Tealet Gu Ha Sheng Pu’er

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark, compressed, lots of buds Ingredients: sheng puerh tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: deep gold I first shared this tea with +Elyse Petersen from +Tealet and +Natasha N from The Snooty Tea Blog during an impromptu food court tea tasting. I was excited to be able to taste it at home since foam cups and not quite hot water isn’t the best method of preparation. The first infusion was herbaceous and full bodied with a thick mouthfeel. There was an interesting cooling aftertaste along with a lingering sweetness. As each infusion progressed an earthy astringency came to forefront. That will mellow out with time…

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    Verdant Tea Mt. Banzhang Farmer’s Cooperative ’03 Sheng

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark, fairly large Ingredients: puerh tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 205 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: amber The craziest thing about this tea for me is that it was picked the year that I graduated high school (2001). It doesn’t feel like that long ago but I’m approaching by thirtieth birthday so it must be. I purchased this as a sample size from +Verdant Tea so the leaves were already conveniently broken up for me. The taste of the first infusion was sweet and nutty with a wine-like finish. It had a thick, almost creamy mouth-feel that left a tingling feeling on my tongue.…

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    Jalam Teas Pulang Shan

    Photo: Instagram – teaformeplease Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark and twisted with some covered in downy hairs Ingredients: sheng puerh tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: gold I’ve been exploring a lot of sheng puerh lately so I was really excited to dig into this one. +JalamTeas generously sent me a sample of the June shipment for their monthly subscription service. The cake must have been loosely packed because the leaves were large and mostly whole. There were downy hairs visible on the tips of some of the leaves. The taste was vegetal and sweet with a cooling aftertaste and refreshing astringency. I…

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    Norbu Tea 2005 Zhong Cha “Menghai Gushu” Sheng Puerh

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: dark, tightly compressed Ingredients: raw puerh tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: amber This tea was fairly robust compared to other sheng puerhs that I’ve had. It wasn’t quite the forest floor taste that you would get from shu but it had a definite earthy quality. There was an underlying sweetness that helped to keep the taste balanced. The mouth-feel was thick and a pleasant astringency led to a dry finish. The leaves were large and mostly intact. I was even able to spot a few complete bud sets. Older tea always makes me a bit contemplative and this…

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    Jalam Teas Nan Nuo Mountain Sheng Puerh

    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: large, dark and mostly whole Ingredients: raw puerh tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: deep gold I’m always amazed at how social media connects the tea community. A recent experience with +JalamTeas was a great example of that. I had never hard of this company before but I saw a tweet about a Google+ Live hangout that they would be doing with their founder, Jeff Fuchs. I jumped at the chance to join in. We had some technical difficulties but made due by having one of the people in the hangout Skype with Jeff so that everyone could hear. I…