Yunnan Sourcing site. Scott has some of these cakes in the states so it arrived within three days of ordering it. Did I wait and let it 'rest'? No, I did not. Put 5.5grams into a 100ml gaiwan( using maybe 90 ml's of water) , rinsed twice (following James' lead on the video) and dug right in. It was a good first session. And the timing for me to try and deeply explore a Puerh that has some strong camphor, and truly 'medicinal' flavors is perfect at this point of my tea journey. I am transported back to the 1980's when I found my first Chinese apothecary/acupuncture shop, and the little packets of medicinal teas Dr Woo made for me, which though bitter and horrible were somehow still delicious! This tea is not, of course, like those medicines the Dr. put together for me, but the smell of the wet leaves certainly brings back that time when those packets of herbal medicines, roots sticks and all, were magical to me.
Back in those days when I was in my twenties, suddenly on my own, no health insurance, working in theatre and needing medical care. Thankfully in Austin Texas there was Dr. Woo and his herbs, which I believe set the tone for the Pu lover I am becoming today.
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