drank 2016 King of Pu-erh by The Teaguy
1758 tasting notes

Received this with some free samples from The Tea Guy, thanks. As to the name of this tea, it conjures up what should in my imagination be the best puerh I have ever tasted. I cannot say that it was. It was also certainly not the worst. This was over the course of twelve steeps fairly nice. I did start off with a note of wet storage. Surprising for a tea from December of 2016 but it was there. It was not overly strong but it did persist for about six steeps. So did the fermentation flavor too. I think this tea actually had a little less fermentation taste than I was expecting. A nice sweet note did develop, at first masked by the wet storage taste, then very noticeable. Even in the end there was a little bit left of the wet storage taste so it is hard to pin down the sweet note. I have decided not to give this tea a numerical rating because I don’t want to be unfair and give one too low or do the opposite and give one higher than it deserves because I got the sample for free. I did really enjoy the tea. That is the truth. Once the wet storage was gone it was quite nice. I should also note that there was no bitterness to this tea.

I brewed this tea twelve times in a 150ml gaiwan with 10.8g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec,10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 minutes.

Flavors: Earth, Sweet, Wet Wood

Boiling 10 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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I am Allan. I live and work in Long Island, New York. I have been amassing a tea collection for nearly two years and have spent way too much money. I now try to buy mostly Puerh as I like it most and it lasts nearly forever. Black tea has a habit of going bad. If anyone is interested in tea swaps I am open to ideas and have quite a cupboard.


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