Well, since nobody’s reported on this in a few years, I’ll give it a go! I bought this from YS in early 2021, hoping the added humid storage would have mellowed it out. And I must say the first six steepings were lively and not unpleasant. The next six revealed a tame, consistent and smooth brew. No fishiness or swamp odors or flavors, just a long-lasting good tea. I used 4 g in 4 oz boiling water, using a stainless steel strainer and small teacups, with increasing infusion periods to achieve about the same mahogany-colored liquor throughout. As noted by another, the loosely pressed cake was easy to pry apart. I could see myself buying another cake with this becoming a daily drinker. No complaints! Affordable, at about a nickle per infusion.

I snagged a few photos from the YS site, to illustrate the listing.

Boiling 4 g 4 OZ / 118 ML

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Left-coast reared (on Bigelow’s Constant Comment and Twinings’ Earl Grey) and right-coast educated, I’ve used this moniker (and Email) since the glory days of AOL in the 90’s, reflecting two of my lifelong loves—tea and ‘Trek. Now a midwestern science guy (right down to the Hawaiian shirts), I’m finally broadening the scope of my sippage and getting into all sorts of Assamicas, from mainstream Assam CTCs to Taiwan blacks & TRES varietals, to varied Pu’erhs. With some other stuff tossed in for fun. Love reading other folks’ tasting notes (thank you), I’ve lurked here from time to time and am now adding a few notes of my own to better appreciate the experience. You can keep the rooibos LoL!
Photo with Aromatic Bamboo Species Raw Pu-erh Tea “Xiang Zhu” by Yunnan Sourcing, which is most definitely aromatic!



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