Pu-erh Reviews

2003 Poo Poo Puerh

Genre: Exotic Puerh
Factory: Meng Hai
Vendor: Friend
Reviewed by Mike Petro on 02/15/2004

Background    The first time I ever heard of this tea was at the Holy Mountain site. It sounded so far fetched that I chalked it up as a myth! Then I was sent a sample of it by a Puerh Collector from Singapore whom I trust to be very knowledgeable. At this point I had to consider that it was indeed real and not a myth! The Collector gave me what little information he had but I wanted to know more so I asked a Puerh vendor over in China what he knew about it. Michael from M & J's Chinese Culture & Arts Store laughed at me, thinking that I was full of s****, but he agreed to ask some of his contacts at the Puerh factories. He came back the next day with a wealth of information, complete with pictures, he was rather astonished to find out it was indeed legitimate. This prompted me to assemble the appropriate apparatus to test the tea myself, thanks to the sample from "WS" the collector. You will find that review at the bottom of the page. See Poo Poo Puerh for more information.

Dry Leaf Appearence:   

Water to Leaf Ratio:     4.3 gr of Leaf in 178 ml of water

Brewing Method:    Tea Strainer dipped in cup

Wet Leaf Appearence:    Spent espresso grounds

1st Steep    Poured boiling water through strainer, tea steeped for about 20 seconds. Yielded a bright red liquor after a few seconds that rapidly turned to espresso colored black. Aroma was earthy, aquatic like small pond, and somewhat metallic like polished brass. Flavor was extremely smooth with a metallic and aquatic tanginess.

2nd Steep    Poured boiling water through strainer, tea steeped for about 20 seconds. Color was immediate and as dark as previous. Tea was more mellow than before. Still no hint of sweetness. Metallic notes were fewer.

3rd Steep    Poured boiling water through strainer, tea steeped for about 20 seconds. Color was immediate and as dark as previous. Tea was much more mellow than before. Slight hints of sweetness are now becoming evident. Aquatic notes still present but metallic notes are almost gone.

4th Steep    Poured boiling water through strainer, tea steeped for about 20 seconds. Color was immediate and as dark as previous. Tea was much more mellow than before. Hints of sweetness are becoming more evident. Aquatic notes are almost gone.

Subsequent Steeps    Poured boiling water through strainer, tea steeped for about 20 seconds. It seemed to never lighten in color through many steeps. Successive steeps got much more mellow, sweeter and less pungent. In my opinion it got better with each steep.

Conclusion    A rather unique experience. It is rather hard to be objective because of the head trips going on when you contemplate what it is that you are actually drinking.




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