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Gray

(13 reviews)

10-Year Aged Raw Pu-erh Brick Tea (2005) from TeaVivre

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

85 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 2nd, 2018

I'm not sure how others determine their point ratings for tea, but for me, an 85 is an above-average everyday tea. At first, when I tried this, I didn't like it. Something about the notes just didn't appeal to me. It took getting more used to rougher, young raw pu-erh for me to really start to appreciate this one. It ...

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

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 2nd, 2018

When the holidays came around (and the holiday sales) and I was treating myself to one of the more expensive cakes, I picked this one out of all of those available on TeaVivre. The reason that I picked this one was that it's drinkable now, it tastes like it has potential for the future (not all currently drinkable cake...

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Xi Gui Ancient Tree Raw Pu-erh Cake 2013 from TeaVivre

Style: Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 2nd, 2018

I'd rate this one pretty high, but most of the flavor is in the breath, not in the taste itself. I think it's a matter of personal preference as to whether one prefers one, the other, or both. I prefer both because it gives more of a rounded experience. This just doesn't have enough in the taste to appeal to me. There ...

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Menghai Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2018 - Dog Year from TeaVivre

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

25 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 26th, 2018

I liked the Monkey Year tea, but before I could order a cake, they sold out and were replaced with the Dog Year tea. I'm very glad that I opted to get a sample first because this tea is completely different, even though they were listed for sale on the same page.

First of all, the notes of the Monkey Year tea were f...

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Fengqing Daohua Xiang Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2013 from TeaVivre

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 24th, 2018

When I first tried this tea, I used a Western brewing method and it came out terribly. At that point in time, I also had very little experience with the bitterness of younger raw pu-erh. Well, I let some samples of this sit around for about six months to a year and gave it another try. I was so happy I tried this again...

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Alex

(45 reviews)
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2015 Yunnan Sourcing Menghai Lao Cha Tou Ripe Pu-erh Tea Brick from Yunnan Sourcing

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

82 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 12th, 2018

The dry leaves still have a little wet pile odor, but fortunately, this doesn't make it into the cup. I mostly taste wood and earthy flavors. My preference with shou is for sweeter notes of cherry, dried fruit, chocolate, vanilla, etc. I'll let this air out for a few weeks and see if it changes, but it's pretty mediocr...

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Fengqing Golden Buds Ripened Puerh from TeaVivre

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

76 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 27th, 2018

I'll be surprised if I ever give more than 3 stars for aroma in a ripe puerh review. They all smell the same to me, excluding the odors of too fresh, poorly made, or improperly stored examples. The taste, though, is something else. Each one tastes noticably different in both subtle and obvious ways. What they all seem ...

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2017 Old Reliable from white2tea

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

78 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 23rd, 2018

At first, this mostly smells and tastes like generic ripe pu-erh: wood, leaves, earth. It's sweet and syrupy, but the interesting flavors aren't immediately obvious. It does have subtle, non-generic-shou flavors that can be brought out depending on how you brew, though: caramel, cherry cola, dried fruit. Typical gaiwan...

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2017 Little Ducks from white2tea

Style: Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

86 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 21st, 2018

While the dry leaves have a rather muted scent, the wet leaves and brewed tea both have an amazingly sweet aroma, like if flowers were candy. Like the Daily Drinker, this is on the mellow side, but this one can be pushed further if you can tolerate bitterness. Brewed normally, the first couple steeps are grassy and veg...

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2017 Daily Drinker from white2tea

Style: Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 19th, 2018

This tea has a wonderfully bright, fresh, floral fragrance, and a light bittersweet (more sweet than bitter) taste. It's moderately astringent, so be careful with brew times. As the name suggests, this won't be the greatest tea you've ever tasted; it's called Daily Drinker for a reason. It is quite good for the price, ...

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Xi Gui Ancient Tree Raw Pu-erh Cake 2013 from TeaVivre

Style: Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 19th, 2018

My favorite pu-erh so far out of the half a dozen or so I've tried, but it's also the most expensive. It does smell fruity (not sure what kind of fruit), but it also has a sweet rocky aroma, sort of like smelling the aftertaste of a good Wuyi oolong. Once brewed, it's strong and sweet without being astringent or bitter...

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Gray

(13 reviews)
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Organic Silken Pu-erh from DAVIDsTEA

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

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 8th, 2018

I was in the area, so I decided to check out a David's Tea shop. In all honesty, it looked more like a candy store than a tea shop. It had all these colorful spoons and containers and most of their "teas" looked more like trail mix or confetti than tea (some of them had the ingredients to trail mix in them). I'd writte...

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Alex

(45 reviews)
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2017 Mini Jimbo from white2tea

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

74 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 25th, 2018

This was a surprise bonus in my order. Being new to pu-erh, I really appreciated being able to sample something that I wouldn't have picked out, giving me a little extra variety to figure out what I do and don't like. The first thing I noticed about this mini cake (and the other ripe pu-erh I got from White2Tea, Old Re...

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ConradKay

(31 reviews)
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2008 Menghai Ripened Pu-erh Tea Tuocha from TeaVivre

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
May. 31st, 2018

The smell reminds me of a more "pure" version of the hazelberry pu erh tea from Adagio, and is very "woodsy" But with a more mineral of rocky taste, it is a very good value too, especially for a tea from almost 10 years ago.

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Alex

(45 reviews)
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Pu-erh Classic from Rishi Tea

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

65 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 17th, 2018

This is my first unflavored puerh, so I don't have anything to compare it to. Mine was aged for 3 years so it might be slightly different from the normal version, but probably not that much. I had to air it out for a week to get rid of the smell of fish. Once that went away, the aroma of the dry leaves became earthy in...

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decadeoftea

(3 reviews)
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"Ye Zhu Tang" Wild Arbor Raw Pu-erh from Yunnan Sourcing

Style: Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 10th, 2017

This sheng pu'erh has a strong taste with a thick liquor. It has a really interesting and pleasing sweet and bitter mouth-feel. This a strong tea with a powerful energy.

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Teuvo

(63 reviews)
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Tuo Cha Pu Erh (pe) from De Theefabriek

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

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 21st, 2017

I would love to try sheng pu-erh since that seems to be so highly regarded, but I haven't been able to find any. Wanting that, I was also interested in compressed pu-erh of any kind, and De Theefabriek has these little "nests" of shou pu-erh.

They are individually wrapped in paper in the package, but I was hit by th...

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D. Gray

(24 reviews)
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Fengqing Da Xue Shan (Big Snow Mountain) (2016) from TeaVivre

Style: Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh – Region: Fengqing, Yunnan, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 25th, 2017

I've never had a tea as mouthwatering as this one and the bitterness which prompts it is really quite reasonable and consistent even after brewing it numerous times. It has a light, pleasant sweetness. But, really most of the presence is in a light thrust of bitterness at the start of a sip, which causes my mouth to wa...

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2016 Gu Hua Sheng from Verdant Tea

Style: Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

45 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Aug. 5th, 2017

I think that if I were new to young, raw pu-erh and thought that they were all bitter and undrinkable, this might 'wow' me in that it is sweeter, fruity, and definitely can be consumed now. But, compared to other young, raw pu-erh I've tried, it's really not special. It's also higher-priced. And, I really didn't like t...

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Teuvo

(63 reviews)
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King of Pu Erh from Het Gouden Randje

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

58 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 2nd, 2017

This tea smells pleasantly fungal and like straw, like damp autumn leaves and moist earth. The flavour is very soft and smooth and it never gets bitter or sour. I have, in the past, forgotten about it and left it to steep for more than five, maybe even ten minutes, and it's still been smooth. Even when it's strong, tho...

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D. Gray

(24 reviews)
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1998 Shou Puerh from T Shop

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

80 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 26th, 2017

This is a good ripe pu-erh. I just think it may need to be brewed differently than I brew other ripe pu-erh, in order to bring out the right flavors. This is because there are two categories of notes that I detected. One was this wet, clean earth after rain set of notes. Then, there was another completely different set...

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Fengqing Da Xue Shan (Big Snow Mountain) Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2016 from TeaVivre

Style: Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 16th, 2017

I like this one, but I admit, at this point (July 2017), it is still a bit rough around the edges.

This tea is made with leaves from two different towns and I could taste this when drinking it. It was both sweet and bitter, astringent and mouth-watering. There was this very present duality in it, throughout the enti...

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Menghai Raw Pu-erh Cake Tea 2016 - Monkey Year from TeaVivre

Style: Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 10th, 2017

I really loved this raw pu-erh. I found it to be floral and fruity, with notes reminiscent of lichee, apricot, and peaches. It was lightly tangy and an astringency came on pretty quickly when brewing it at higher temperatures. But, when I lowered the temperature and brewed at 90C, it held out for longer without becomin...

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Martin

(1 review)
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Fire Phoenix from chinalife Tea

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

61 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 4th, 2017

My first loose tea on this new journey.
Dark chestnut tea. Aroma is earthy and wood. Taste is earth, dry leaf, a bit of leather, some light pepper and green grass on the back of the tongue. On the second steep the taste was more dry leaf and less Earth with a nice warm tingling on the tongue. By the third steep all th...

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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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