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Stack Overload

(6 reviews)
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Emperor's Puerh - Black Tea from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 18th, 2016

I haven't yet tried too many pu-ehrs, but I'm starting to think they are not for me. This one has both a rich aroma and flavor of loam and crab cakes. If you are into that sort of thing, this tea is probably amazing, but not how I prefer my tea to taste. It's like I made a nice earthy tea, but used the same water I had...

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Virginia Mastromarino

(6 reviews)
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bingdao laozhai huangpian sheng ancient tea tree pu-erh 2014 from WymmTea

Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Shuangjiang, Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 3rd, 2016

This tea has a nice dusty flavor. It's a little weak for my taste, but if I brew it for long enough it's good. I added cream and sugar.

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b22johansen

(44 reviews)
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2007 Menghai Dayi "Hou Pu" from Menghai Tea Factory

Style: Ripened (Shou) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 21st, 2016

This has become one of my favorite shous. The liquor is a deep reddish brown with a warm and sweet aroma. There are notes of compost, leaves, and autumnal air. The taste is primarily dirt, compost, and autumnal leaves. There is also just the slightest hint of scotch in the back of your mouth. A slight astringency remin...

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2006 Hai Lan Hau "Jin Hai Lang" Ripe from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Ripened (Shou) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 11th, 2016

I liked this, but it was not my favorite shou. The aroma is sweet, earthy, and wet. There is some fruitiness and maybe some citrus present as well. The taste is smooth, earthy, and reminiscent of citrus and wet autumn leaves. Very smooth taste.

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"Ye Zhu Tang" Wild Arbor Raw Pu-erh from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 29th, 2016

For my first raw pu-erh, I really enjoyed this. There is a slight astringent vegetal taste coupled with a mellow green tea taste. There is a slight bite in the mouth, but in an enjoyable amount. It is not too much or too little, but rather just right. There is also this ever so slightly smoky or woody undertone. It is ...

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Feigning Ancient Tree Spring Chun Jian Raw Pu-erh Cake 2012 from TeaVivre

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 17th, 2015

This was my first experience with Raw Pu'erh, so this review may be biased on that.

I was initially opposed to this tea. It has an overwhelming bitterness to it that seemed to distract from the other flavors. However, after steeping the tea for a much shorter time (only 10-15s in my gaiwan) I managed to balance out...

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Kmidst

(14 reviews)
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Diyi Cornfields Shu Tuocha from Verdant Tea

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
May. 16th, 2015

Well Verdant Tea has become my go to place to order almost all my tea now. Really just great quality and sourcing, and fair prices.

Anyway, I found this tea so special that I had to resurrect my account here and write a review for it!

As you probably know, shu-puerh's are post-fermented, which results in a smooth...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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bingdao laozhai huangpian sheng ancient tea tree pu-erh 2014 from WymmTea

Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Shuangjiang, Yunnan, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 9th, 2015

The aroma of the rather rough and green leaves is very sharp, like wet hay and, well, fermented tea leaves, it has that distinct fermentation smell that you get off of things that have started to become great friends with the microbes that are now hanging out with them. Mix in faint notes of honey, green beans, spinach...

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MimiG

(46 reviews)
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Premium Pu-erh Tea - Green from My Zen Tea

Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

50 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 22nd, 2015

I wasn't too thrilled with this, my first green pu-erh. It's more flavorful than My Zen Tea's black pu-erh, but the flavor was a little too bitter and astringent for me, even with a short brew.

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Premium Pu-erh Tea - Black from My Zen Tea

Style: Ripened (Shou) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 17th, 2015

I've never had pu-erh before this, so I can't compare between brands. This tea brews a nice dark brown. The flavor is earthy and mellow. It's also pretty mild, a little sugar seemed to cover up most of the flavor. I liked it, but I didn't think it was outstanding.
I was given this tea, so I can't really rate its valu...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Mangnuo "Cane Tea" Raw Pu-erh From Ancient Tea Tree 2014 Early Spring from WymmTea

Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 13th, 2015

The aroma of the dry leaves is pretty subtle, with notes of green bamboo leaves, freshly mown grass, cut hay, and a finish of camphor. I do love those camphor notes in tea, especially in the summer where it acts as a coolant.

The tea starts out a little bitter and then boom immediately sweet with a surprisingly smoo...

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Menghai Shou (Cooked) Pu-erh In Third Grade 2008 from WymmTea

Style: Ripened (Shou) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 13th, 2015

This tea comes from the mountains of Menghai and sits right in the middle of tea grading (seventh grade has the biggest leaves and first is the smallest) this means it is right in the middle of sweetness and woodiness. So the aroma certainly can back that up, blending woodiness and earthiness with a touch of sweet. Thi...

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laohuangpian sheng (raw) pu-erh from ancient tea tree 2014 spring from WymmTea

Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 13th, 2015

Its fairly faint aroma is a blend of sweetness and green, like fresh cut grass and honey, with a tiny hint of smoke. The faintness of the aroma did not worry me like it would with some teas, those crazy compressed to the point of being like a brick teas tend to have a faint aroma, at least the ones I have experienced.
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Alex Zorach

(1267 reviews)
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Premium Pu-erh Tea - Black from My Zen Tea

Style: Ripened (Shou) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 9th, 2015

I tend not to be a fan of Shu Pu-erh at all, and my expectations for a tea bag were pretty low, but I was happy to say this greatly exceeding my expectations.

Brews up a very dark liquor, almost jet black, with a smooth mouthfeel, mild flavor, and mellow aroma. The aroma reminds me a little bit of clean, wet stone ...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Guevera Shu from Life in Teacup

Style: Ripened (Shou) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 4th, 2015

So, how does this one smell, that is the important question! Pretty good actually, it is rich and earthy with the expected notes of loam (erring on the side of pine forest loam this time) clean soil, and some mineral notes as well. As a fun little surprise the finishing note is molasses, giving a bit of sweetness at t...

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Odinstyr

(1 review)
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Emperor's Puerh - Black Tea from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 26th, 2015

The aroma is deep and earthy, a hint of hay and an almost seafood edge that is deeply satisfying to breathe in. The taste is bold and exotic, an exciting new palate.

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Alex Zorach

(1267 reviews)
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Vintage Pu-erh from Octavia Tea

Style: Ripened (Shou) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

50 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 13th, 2015

Not my cup of tea, and among the more disappointing teas from Octavia, although I think it's a good example of this style, it's a type of tea that I don't tend to like very much. Another sample served in Velvet Sky bakery in Jenkintown.

This is one of those classic "damp basement" Pu-erhs. Smells like wet moss or ...

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Premium Pu-erh Tea - Green from My Zen Tea

Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 4th, 2015

The best Pu-erh I've tried in a tea bag.

A sample from the Philadelphia Coffee & Tea Festival. The tea bag is not at all aromatic, but upon brewing, the cup becomes much more interesting.

Aroma is like a rather typical young sheng Pu-erh, a lightly aged green Pu-erh. The aroma is fresh and grassy, with a hint o...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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2009 Guan Zi Zai Xiao Man Shu from Life in Teacup

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 16th, 2014

the aroma is so evocative of a coniferous forest that for a moment I can transport myself to the forest I used to romp in as a teenager. It was a mixed forest, but since this was the South, a large portion of the forest was pine, so I am very familiar with the at times almost intoxicating aroma of pine loam, wet pine w...

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Brytta Sóþword

(276 reviews)
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Emperor's Puerh - Black Tea from Numi Organic Tea

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 11th, 2014

I actually liked this one a bit more than the version with cardamom. It has that distinctive fish cake aroma, but not to an overwhelming degree or in an unpleasant way. I could really see enjoying this with a tasty Japanese meal, or at least with a dish of seafood.

I wasn't sure I'd like this one, but its simplicity...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Xi Gui Ancient Tree Raw Pu-erh Cake 2013 from TeaVivre

Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 9th, 2014

My entire thought while drinking this was "nothing beats knowing that I'm drinking tea from an ancient tea forest; how cool is that?!" I liked it! It was a nice brew.

The dried leaf does a have a fruity smell, like Alex suggested, not sure if I'd call it grape. The tea once brewed didn't have much of an aroma, ...

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Fengqing Golden Buds Ripened Pu-erh Cake Tea 2005 from TeaVivre

Style: Ripened (Shou) Pu-erh – Region: Fengqing, Yunnan, China

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 6th, 2014

This tea was meh. I was expecting a little more from it and slightly disappointed. There wasn't much flavor and not much of a scent either, and I'm all about aroma with tea, even if it is "damp basement" smelling pu-erh, which is what I was told to expect. I work with old books and things, so I kind of like that sme...

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geologyguy

(107 reviews)
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Fengqing Wild Tree Yesheng Raw Pu-erh Tea Cake 2013 from TeaVivre

Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Fengqing, Yunnan, China

57 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 1/5
Sep. 17th, 2014

aroma is vegetal and medium-mild...flavor is the same but a bit more bold...vegetal...but one dimensional...that's the only trick this "pony" has...

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Lotus Leaf Raw Pu-erh Mini Tuocha from TeaVivre

Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 17th, 2014

The aroma of this little tuo is not very strong, with faint notes of wet hay, sweet freshly mown hay, a bit of yeasty bread, a touch of mineral, and salty lotus leaf. Specifically the lotus notes remind me of the lotus wrapped sticky rice (or lo mai gai) that I love so much when going out for dim sum. Delicious!

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geologyguy

(107 reviews)
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2006 Fengqing Raw Pu-erh Tea Tuocha from TeaVivre

Style: Raw / Green / Sheng Pu-erh – Region: Fengqing, Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 14th, 2014

5 minute steep for first cup, Smells smoky and good! Amanda's rating of the smell is pretty descriptive of it too! Great strength to this tea...steeped just right...a touch of bitterness off the bat, then I taste the sweetness on the end...the opposite of what others tasted! Not sure about the value as it was a gift......

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