Brewed in: small gaiwan, about 1/3 leaves
Steeped: 10s rinse, followed by around 12 infusions (didn’t keep good count), at near boiling for first few, then lower.
Cup: Small porcelain tasting cup
Yesterday I finally received my order from Teacuppa, after almost a full month of waiting. The package must have gotten held up in customs, because one end was open when I finally got it. But everything was there, including two teas I ordered and two puerh samples as well. As usual, I decided to try one of the samples first, and opened the one marked “Blue Mark Puerh”. I found the complete name and year on the web site this morning.
So last night I decided to just “drink tea” rather than focusing on notes, pictures, and such. I prepared a tea tray with my new gaiwan, pitcher, one of the new cups and a teapot of boiling water, and settled into my chair in front of the TV (we were watching an old movie). It was only after the session that I decided to take a few pictures, since I did really enjoy the tea. The dry leaves pictured are what I have left, the wet leaves are the ones I brewed up last night. The "setup" picture is my new teaware, with the exception of the stash teapot I used to hold hot water.
The taste of this tea wasn’t really all that special – it was quite light and sweet, and notably not bitter like the young puerhs that I have on hand. The liquor also wasn’t anything special – it was thinner than I would have expected. The difference with this tea was purely one of sensation – I actually experienced that camphor-like quality with this tea, and was just the slightest bit light-headed towards the end of the session and into the evening. I believe only one of the puerh’s I have presented those qualities when I was tasting them, and I really did enjoy the overall experience with this particular sample.
Now if young puerh should be bitter to age well, this one may not be so great in a few years. It’s astringent – more so towards the last infusions, but not bitter in the least. But it is very pleasant to drink right now, and I’m very tempted to spend the $35 for a beeng when I get paid. It left me very satisfied, and with a good feeling afterwards, and it would be interesting to try it side-by-side with others that I have. I have a little bit left of the sample, and will try it again before I decide.