5g in 100ml gaiwan. Have had this for a few years and realised I left the half-open sample packet unsealed in semi-porous conditions, so it’s definitely changed a bit since I bought it in 2020.

Rinsed once.
1st infusion: 98˚C, 0:30
Wet leaves had top notes of fishy smells from fermentation/storage, but the overwhelming aroma is of baking brown bread.
Liquor colour is a medium mahogany brown – light and surprisingly clear for a ripe pu-er. Usually my ripes turn opaque brown/black within a few seconds of 冲水 but this was taking its time.
Tastes very subtle for a ripe pu-er. No bitterness, no sweetness either, pleasant notes of bittersweet chocolate. Tiny bit of astringency. Nothing lingers on the tongue/in the throat – clean and brief aftertaste.
Rating: 70

2nd Infusion: 100˚C, 0:30
Now the liquor is opaque dark brown. I get faint fishiness in the liquor itself now, liquor tastes more full-bodied, nutty, dark chocolate. A touch more astringency too and longer finish. This is more enjoyable than previous.
Rating: 80

3rd infusion: 100˚C, 0:45
Rating: 80

Verdict: A lovely, comforting, cleanly aged ripe, but ultimately unexciting and I don’t mind passing on a full cake of this daily drinker.

Flavors: Bread, Dark Chocolate, Fishy, Nuts

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Amateur tea enthusiast here. I told myself I would start with studying Chinese teas when I first encountered good tea at Song Tea in San Francisco in 2016, and it’s now 2023 and I feel like I’m still just beginning to scratch the surface of Chinese teas.

Maybe someday I will move on to Indian, Japanese, Korean, etc. teas…

For my day job I work in tech as well as write some fiction on the side.

The next step in my tea journey is to start training my nose with an aroma kit to get a more precise handle on floral notes.

My Tea Rating Scale: (adapted from @benmw)
100 : Unforgettable, life-changing tea experience.
95–99: Extraordinary – Beyond impressive.
90–94: Impressive – Deep complexity, extreme clarity, or unexpected discovery of wonderful flavor. Made me reconsider the category. Would always want to drink this if I had the chance.
80–89: Delicious – Nuanced, balanced, clear, and complex layering of flavors. Would probably buy this tea again.
70–79: Very Good – Nuanced flavors, perhaps not as balanced or complex as the next step up, but clear and very enjoyable. Would consider buying again if the price was right.
60–69: Good – Clear flavors, representative of the category, but doesn’t set a standard. Good as an everyday tea. Would not buy unless desperate (e.g. when travelling without access to better tea).
50–59: Average. Would not pay money for this, but would drink if it was provided FOC.
30–49: Below Average. Would not drink this again even if it were free.
0–29: Undrinkable. Could not even finish the cup.



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