2011 year shu Ripe Pu’er Tea v93 through the eyes of a beginner

Overview of unusual topics for me. Despite the fact that I have quite a solid history of shopping in Chinese stores, this is my first purchase of Chinese tea. The review was written in two sets - “before” and “after” for the purity of the experiment.
To whom it is more convenient, they can watch the video version
Tea seems to be one of those products that many are one of the first to buy when they start to be purchased in Chinese stores. But it somehow didn’t work out for me. I was treated to Chinese tea more than once, and these samples discouraged all hunting. In short, I categorically did not like it. Never. My wife is a lover of tea (black, brewed in Kazakh), and she said briefly about Chinese: “some garbage.”
In general, for a long time I lost all interest in Chinese teas, I decided that it was exotic for individual gourmets.
Reviews of teas in different places I came across often. Written / filmed is often very "tasty." In the end, I decided to still try to get acquainted with Chinese teas, but not to rush into samples, but first to dig deeper into the subject. I leisurely read reference materials, read reviews, watched videos ... By the way, I really liked the YouTube channel Sergey Shevelev
Following the discussion, I decided to buy whatwriting. Shu-puer is, in principle, an option with which many recommend starting acquaintance with teas. Menhai factory seems to have a good reputation, V93 has quite positive reviews mostly. I chose the seller from among those who have a reputation and for whom I met positive reviews from those who bought.
At the same time, I realized that no matter what purchase I make, someone will always say that I bought the wrong tea / from the wrong seller / on the wrong trading floor / at the wrong price.
So, the tea was ordered, received.
PART ONE - “BEFORE”.
For the purity of the experiment, the first part is written before I try the tea. This part is assumptions and expectations.
I assume this tea is completely different fromtraditional tea. And here two options are possible. Either I get a new drink unlike other drinks, or it turns out to be so amateur, that I don’t want to drink it after the test.
When studying other people's reviews, I realized for myself thatby and large they don’t give me anything regarding the forecast. The conceptual apparatus used in the reviews is very peculiar. The epithets that describe taste and aroma sound beautiful and important, but it’s somehow difficult for me to correlate these epithets with personal feelings. What should I understand about the taste, which is said to be “more stringent"? In general, you have to try.
I suppose that I will not be able to clearly convey my taste sensations and aroma of tea, describing them with some epithets.
A separate point is the effects of tea. What I have not met in the descriptions of teas. Invigorates, altered consciousness, clear head, etc. etc. And it's not about chifir, but about tea. Maybe I don’t understand something. In sports practice, I tried a lot of everything, which contributes to the growth of results. And he never abused, realizing that regular use reduces effectiveness, is addictive, harmful to health, etc. etc. So, if I undertake to describe such things as ECA or 1,3-dimethylamylamine, then the description will be very restrained. And here you listen to the description, and the idea arises that a person describes how he washed down a pack of sydnocarb with a bottle of bronchus, but no, it's just about a cup of tea. In general, I am very skeptical and ironic about any miraculous effects.
PART TWO - “AFTER”
I write this part after the tea is drunk. These are already impressions.
To begin with, a story about tea. Tea came in a box, packed in a plastic bag.


Outwardly, it looks like this:







Dry tea smells very peculiar. It definitely doesn’t smell like the black tea we are used to. The main association that has arisen is an association with the smell of dried fruits. Overall a very pleasant aroma.
Brewed with fast straits. When brewed, the aroma of dried fruits is not felt. More precisely, it begins to be felt slightly after about the fifth strait. The main association that arises about aroma is some kind of tree. The aroma is pleasant. Interestingly, taste and aroma really change from strait to strait. Empirically established that up to ten straits can be made, tea remains aromatic and tasty. The most saturated are the second and third, and then the tea remains approximately equally saturated.

The taste is peculiar. Several times I began to write, trying to describe the taste, in the end I spat on this venture. I’ll write simply, I liked the taste. The wife also appreciated.
Effects? Yes, there are no effects, as I expected. I did not notice any hallucinogenic, nootropic and other effects.
TOTAL
I liked the tea. I join the club of lovers of Chinese teas. I will now order and try different options.