Sample from Matu

Well, I felt daring today. I was pretty ill yesterday, and still feeling the effects from whatever plague consumed my insides; however, I have been craving tea all the same. So, I decided prior to this session that there are several tea samples that could be excellent, or not.

While processing which tea was to be had, I had pondered whether this tea could improve, unimproved, or make my current state of being remain the same. And if it was going to make me feel more wretched than I have been/currently am, then I might as well go for it.

Now, I’ll be honest, I had zero expectations that this tea could be any good at all. I had given it two rinses before I became daring enough to drink any of the liquor. I noted that the wet leaf had slightly smoky, sweet, “meaty,” a bit of pine, and what could be floral notes. The first sip was a big mouthful of smoked-turkey with a touch of Dial soap. Weird, right? So weird that I had to drink another cup (also weird). And let me just say this much: I did that 3-4 times (alright, you’re outta your mind, ya weirdo) before coming to the conclusion that after steep No. 5 (7 if you count the two rinses) that it becomes an extremely astringent subpar Bulang-esq tea. So, with that said, I’m glad I was given the opportunity to try it, but for the price, it’s not worth it—of course it’s worth it if you’re longing to try a comically intriguing named pu-erh then I say, “Go for it—“ unless there’s a sale or a friend is kind enough to share their stash with you….then go for it.

Flavors: Ash, Astringent, Floral

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Mostly drinking sheng/shou puerh. Gongfu daily; western brew at work.

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Drinking down a lot of my teas in 2020. I may not observe these sessions as much as I’d like, but I’ll note them, when the mood strikes.


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