Review: KTeas Puerh Leaf

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Its OK"I can see how some would be turned off by its initially subtle smell, and later liquid lichen "allure", but it appealed to my bias for the unusual."
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kteaspuerhteaUnlike shou (or cooked) puers I've tried in the past, this stuff smelled (and looked) incredibly clean. Where I expected a composted sardine smell, there was instead something lighter and sweeter. Sure, there was a slight earthiness to the aroma, but otherwise it was strangely uncharacteristic. Or maybe just lacking characteristics altogether.

Brewing instructions recommended were 3 grams (or 1 teaspoon) of leaf per 8oz of boiling water, steeped for four-to-five minutes. I went with four-minutes-thirty. It infused to a lighter shade of brown than the concentrated liquid evil that I've seen tuochas brew to. That fishy - or 'scuse me, I meant "deep earthy" - smell that was lacking in the dry form was out in full force in the wet. Luckily it wasn't a mighty man-slap of marine life, just a light sense of "old" along the nostrils.

Taste-wise, I have to admit it held up. Granted, not as awe-inspiringly gorgeous and exquisite as the naturally-aged raw puer, but it had a flare all its own. Crisper and lighter than it's other post-fermented, putrid cousins. Having a light-bodied tea leaning, this was a welcomed change of pace. The flavor was a bit difficult to identify. It had the same consistency as a cooked Menghai puer cake in my possession that was given a year on the shelf to age on its own. While I doubt that was the case here, the puer leaf possessed some of that nuance. Not a lot, but enough for me to know that I wasn't tasting trout.

I can see how some would be turned off by its initially subtle smell, and later liquid lichen "allure", but it appealed to my bias for the unusual. It isn't something I would go with on a regular basis, but it was at least drinkable and held up. Sometimes, when in a bind, that's enough.

— To purchase KTeas Puerh Leaf, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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