Thursday, 11 February 2010

I just don't get shu

It's always a pleasure to receive little freebie's in tea orders, long may the vendors feel obliged to throw in goodies! Today's free hit was a small 100g cooked pu erh cake, quite attractive and 'cute' to behold, so I thought I'd give it a spin.

The aroma of the bing was rather lacklustre and reminded me of cardboard, the comparison to the sheng pu erh cake I received in the same order is not even on the same planet. Out with my cha dao and off with it's head! Separating nicely I congratulate myself for some fine handy work when something catches my eye. Is it a chip of stone? Hard to say as it could well be a shard of glass, either way I don't want it in my tea. I start to wonder if the leaves were swiped up off the floor at some point?

That's scuppered my mood for this tea I'm afraid. For sure you find odd things in pu erh from time to time and I remember seeing a picture recently of a cigarette filter from another blog that escapes me for now. A couple of rinses and I still give this tea a go but except for one small hit of huigan to me it just tastes bland and like the other ripe pu erh I've drunk. Until proven wrong I just don't get this!

Is this just me?

1 comment:

  1. I don't think of shu and sheng as being in the same category of tea, two entirely different creatures. Shu can be enjoyable, I dont expect complexity. Shu is like comfort food (or it can be) The sites are full of really bad shu but there are some good ones out there. Menghai's V93 is a favorite of mine. In fact, I think I'll give some a go right now.