Pu-erh Reviews

2003 CNNP

Genre: Sheng/Green/Uncooked/Raw
Factory: CNNP
Vendor: M and J's
Reviewed by Mike Petro on 03/06/2004


Dry Leaf Appearence:    Very tightly compressed bingcha like disc

Water to Leaf Ratio:     8.5 gr of Leaf in 475 ml of water

Brewing Method:    Used 170 degree F water in an Aria Teapot.

Wet Leaf Appearence:    Mostly green medium to large leaves. Some reddish brown leaves mixed in.

1st Steep    Rinsed once then steeped for 30 seconds. Honey colored liquor that has a mild aroma that is slightly vegetal. Flavor is mild with just a little astringency. Leaves a dry feeling in the mouth. Astringency more noticeable as tea cooled.

2nd Steep    Steeped 30 seconds. Stronger vegetal flavor now, reminds me of a vegetable soup stock. Hint of sweetness at the trailing edge of the aftertaste.

3rd Steep    Steeped at 170 for 45 seconds. Less vegetal and more astringent yet still strong.

4th Steep    Steeped at 170 for 60 seconds. More sweetness in the aftertaste. Astringency still present.

Subsequent Steeps    Didnít have time for a 5th steep.

Conclusion    Very interesting tea. While it would not be a favorite for drinking unaged I am curious what aging would bring to the table.

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