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drank Pu Ti Cha by TeaSpring
1310 tasting notes

I never thought I’d ever actually drink this tea. I mean just read the description. It’s sanctified! It’s speshul! It’s… It’s… It’s… !!!

It’s enormously expensive, is what it is. 9 grams = $5.10 The 108 g box = $ 55.60

But how could I not get a packet? Sanctified tea! Speshul! I might never get the chance to own something unique like this again.

I’m not sure what possessed me to make it today. Maybe it should have been saved for a special occasion like a good bottle of champagne? Thing is though, I know from experience that if you save a really expensive bottle of champagne for a special occasion then you’ll never get around to tasting it because you never know if there might be an occasion that was even more special. And when you finally DO open the champagne, it’s gone dull. This happened to my parents with the bottle of Dom Perignon they bought at the winery when we were on holiday in France. Talk about a disappointment. (Yes, it’s possible it wasn’t stored correctly. But still.) I wasn’t old enough to like wine yet when I was that age, so I at least was spared.

Anyway, I didn’t want to not have this special tea anymore, but I didn’t want aforementioned fate to befall it either. That would have been worse, so I’ve made a small pot of it now, using half the leaves, and I’m going to wring as many steeps out of it as I can.

The dry leaves are large and very dark brown, almost black. They don’t seem to have all that much aroma to speak of, but it is there. Delicate and I seem to be picking up a note of something chocolatey. When steeped the chocolate note is less pronounced but it’s still there, underneath some more sweetly floral notes. It smells very nice!

The flavour is also a delicate one. I pretty much agree with Teaspring’s description of flowery sweetness. Possibly more flowery than sweet, but it’s close enough. Not much in the way of aftertaste initially, but again, I find myself agreeing with Teaspring’s description. It sort of builds up as you drink.

I find I’m liking this a lot. I could most definitely see myself stocking up on this tea, although I would probably go for an ordinary Da Hong Pao and not this sanctified stuff that costs an ungodly amount of money.

But it is still kinda fun to own it. :)

Carolyn

I’m so glad you’ve tried this and written about it! I have been wondering whether the more expensive teas are worth it.

I’m eyeing this beauty: http://tinyurl.com/yk3kabn which is a better version of one of my favorite black teas. I’m wondering how I can justify paying $21.80 for a mere 10 grams (.35 ounces) of tea, even if it is a better variety of my favorite. I may take the plunge (or at least weigh your experience) after hearing this.

I think if I did buy it, I’d have to drink it while dressed as Inara and while sitting in a very, very beautiful place.

Angrboda

Yes, that’s exactly why I ended up buying this one. I could have got one just like it for much much much less, but the uniqueness of it was just too much to withstand.

If I were you and I was shopping anyway, I’d probably go for the smaller 2 g sample first. And then keep it around forever because I couldn’t make myself use it because it’s a special edition. So I don’t know how much use I am. :)

I’ve been told I have a spine made of winegum on such issues, so I say go for it. :p

(Personally, for once, I’m happy with the shipping rates to Denmark being what they are. Keeps me out of trouble.)

Carolyn

That sounds like a good idea. I may have to wait to have a large enough order to make the shipping make sense.

Jillian

Cool, it seems like a big part of this is just the experience. And even if you aren’t Buddist I think there can be something really special about taking part in something with significance like this.

I am glad the quality wasn’t a bust and that you enjoyed the taste as well.

Angrboda

Yes, I was a bit worried about it having gone stale, because I’ve had standing around for over a year. And of course I’d opened the packet too and poured it into a tin because I was too curious about what the leaves looked and smelled like. I’ve saved the little foil bag it was in though. :)

Now we’ll see if I get good luck and whatnot. Maybe it can guard me against swine flu ;)

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Carolyn

I’m so glad you’ve tried this and written about it! I have been wondering whether the more expensive teas are worth it.

I’m eyeing this beauty: http://tinyurl.com/yk3kabn which is a better version of one of my favorite black teas. I’m wondering how I can justify paying $21.80 for a mere 10 grams (.35 ounces) of tea, even if it is a better variety of my favorite. I may take the plunge (or at least weigh your experience) after hearing this.

I think if I did buy it, I’d have to drink it while dressed as Inara and while sitting in a very, very beautiful place.

Angrboda

Yes, that’s exactly why I ended up buying this one. I could have got one just like it for much much much less, but the uniqueness of it was just too much to withstand.

If I were you and I was shopping anyway, I’d probably go for the smaller 2 g sample first. And then keep it around forever because I couldn’t make myself use it because it’s a special edition. So I don’t know how much use I am. :)

I’ve been told I have a spine made of winegum on such issues, so I say go for it. :p

(Personally, for once, I’m happy with the shipping rates to Denmark being what they are. Keeps me out of trouble.)

Carolyn

That sounds like a good idea. I may have to wait to have a large enough order to make the shipping make sense.

Jillian

Cool, it seems like a big part of this is just the experience. And even if you aren’t Buddist I think there can be something really special about taking part in something with significance like this.

I am glad the quality wasn’t a bust and that you enjoyed the taste as well.

Angrboda

Yes, I was a bit worried about it having gone stale, because I’ve had standing around for over a year. And of course I’d opened the packet too and poured it into a tin because I was too curious about what the leaves looked and smelled like. I’ve saved the little foil bag it was in though. :)

Now we’ll see if I get good luck and whatnot. Maybe it can guard me against swine flu ;)

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Ang lives with Husband and two kitties, Charm and Luna, in a house not too far from Århus. Apart from drinking tea, she enjoys baking, especially biscuits, reading and jigsaw puzzles. She has recently acquired an interest in cross-stitch and started a rather large project. It remains to be seen whether she has actually bitten off more than she can chew…

Ang prefers black teas and the darker sorts of oolongs. She has to be in the mood for green and white, and she enjoys, but knows little to nothing about, pu-erh.

Her preferences with black teas are the Chinese ones, particularly from Fujian, but also Keemun and just about anything smoky. She occasionally enjoys Yunnans but they’re not favourites. She has taken some time to research Ceylon teas, complete with reference map, and has recently developed some interest in teas from Africa.

She is sceptical about Indian blacks as she generally finds them too astringent and too easy to get wrong. She doesn’t really care for Darjeelings at all. Very high-grown teas are often not favoured.

She likes flavoured teas as well, particularly fruit flavoured ones, but also had an obsession with finding the Perfect Vanilla Flavoured Black and can happily report that this reclusive beast has been spotted in a local teashop near where she works. Any and all vanilla flavoured teas are still highly attractive to her, though. Also nuts and caramel or toffee. Not so much chocolate. It’s a texture thing.

However, she thinks Earl Grey is generally kind of boring. Cinnamon and ginger are also not really a hit, and she’s not very fond of chais. Evil hibiscus is evil. Even in small amounts, and yes, Ang can usually detect hibiscus, mostly by way of the metallic flavour of blood it has.

Ang is not super impressed with rooibos or honeybush on their own. She doesn’t care for either, really, but when they are flavoured, they go usually go down a treat.

Ang used to have a Standard Panel of teas that she tried to always have on hand. She put a lot of thought into defining it and decided what should go on it. It was a great idea on paper, but in practise has been discovered to not really work as well.

Ang tries her best to make a post on Steepster several times a week. She tends to write her posts in advance in a word doc (The Queue) and posting from there. This, she feels, helps her to maintain regularity and stops her from making five posts in three days and then going three weeks without posting anything at all.

Angrboda is almost always open to swapping. Just ask her. Due to the nature of the queue, however, and the fact that it’s some 24 pages long at the moment, it may take a good while from she receives your parcel and until she actually posts about it.

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