Wild Tea Qi Taoist Tea Crystal

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: like hardened lava
Ingredients: puerh tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: deep brown, cloudy

My curiosity got the better of me when I saw this puerh listed on Wild Tea Qi’s site. I had never seen anything quite like it. The product description reads:

There is a special method for processing the Puer so that it is in a concentrated crystal like rock form. It has a number of health benefits that have been shown in studies to help stabilize blood sugar levels, as well as with diabetes. It has also been shown to be a great weight loss drink. It is very convenient as you simply place a small piece into water and mix until it is dissolved.

I wasn’t sure exactly how to prepare it so I used my trusty gaiwan. The water almost immediately became a deep muddy brown. I think that I used too much crystal because tasted exactly how it looked. It was thick, muddy and astringent. The second time around I used less crystal and it was a vast improvement but still not exactly my cup of tea. I still found it very bitter although it was much more puerh-y than muddy on the second try. It’s probably not something I would buy again but it was certainly an experience. That being said, if you are someone who loves very strong puerh you might enjoy this a lot more than I did.

You can find out more about this tea here.

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.