In Search of the Pu-erh High

David Wright of Hidden Peak Teahouse. Photo by Chip Scheuer.

Several months ago, a friend served me pu-erh tea for the first time. He talked of an “expansion” and a “clear headedness”—highs that sounded particularly useful at the time. After the first miniature cup, a calm washed over me. I felt relaxed, yet more mentally open than I had been even 30 seconds before.

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