Wednesday, January 2, 2008

1999 Loose Leaf Pu-er

When I surveyed my bag of travel tea I discovered that many odds and ends ended up in the bag precisely because I don't love them. One exception was a small bag of 1999 loose leaf pu-er that I bought in the wake of loving the broken nugget pu-erh. The 1999 ripe tea quickly became my travel favorite and I brewed nearly every evening for 11 days. As a result, I got to know it quite well. It hits its peak at about brew 4 which produces a rich and sweet liquor that quickly relaxes me. As instructed, I patiently waited for the tea to cool and was rewarded with some additional woodiness. Curious about my habit, my parents began requesting tea after meals and I routinely brewed this for them. Both enjoyed it and, I think, will continue to drink pu-er, at least when I'm around.

Happy new year.

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