Backlog from last night.


I stumbled across a mystery ripe pu erh in an unmarked tin the other day, and from what I remember, this is the most logical choice for what it was.

I did this right after I had a very unsuccessful bai hao tasting (really, it wasn’t worth a tasting note it was so not-good.) Although I used the gaiwan, I wound up pouring all the steeps into the same cup together. Not a whole lot to say about it – it was enjoyably earthy, and the liquor was an absolutely gorgeous true red.

I let my dad try a bit of it, and he had an interesting reaction: “It’s almost nutty. It’s like when you open a hickory nut and eat it right out of the shell.” I have never had a pu erh and thought of it as nutty before – maybe that’s just how my tastebuds work, since I don’t think they’re very good with subtleties – so that was really interesting. Every time I let unsuspecting people try a ripened pu erh, I always think they’re going to be grossed out, but they end up really liking it!

EDIT: Wait… no! I just read that the Wild Purple Buds is a sheng? Is that right? So this isn’t the one I sipped down last night? Oh heck, I have no idea.

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The name’s Holly. 27. Work for a small IT company. About to finish a Master’s degree this winter. ISFJ for what it’s worth. I play various instruments (mostly bass guitar right now), attempt to write songs that I’m too scared to play for anyone, and I’m currently taking voice lessons. I also enjoy starting various hobbies, wearing monochromes, writing, cooking, taking walks, and various and sundry other things…

I’ve been a tea drinker since spring of 2013. Tea is a source of happiness, positivity, curiosity, and relaxation (…and caffeine) for me.

I’ve been on and off this site over the years, and I even had a separate tea blog at one point. For now, I’m just working on getting back in the habit of enjoying tea regularly and to its fullest.

Love: Malty Chinese black teas, shu/ripe pu erhs, soft flowery teas (esp. jasmine teas)

Like: Japanese green teas, sheng/ripe pu erhs, white teas

Still trying to get into: Most oolongs, chai teas

Not crazy about: Roasty teas, fruity teas, rooibos, many (not all) herbal teas

90-100: YEAH!
80-89: Nice! This is good stuff.
70-79: Respectable tea.
60-69: Not bad.
50-59: Middling. Not really worth it.
25-49: Eeeeeugh. Not good.
0-24: Did you know you can use tea leaves as odor absorbent?



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