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drank Pu Erh Poe by Adagio Teas
865 tasting notes

2nd unflavored cooked Pu Erh properly prepared. I’m amazed at the lack of scent the raw leaves have, it’s even lighter than Pu Erh Dante… which makes me hope I’ll like this even more.

Parameters and Preparation:
1g per 1oz water (I made a 4oz cuppa), rinsing the leaves in just below boiling water for 15sec, then doing a 20sec 1st steep.

I’m shocked at how dark the rinsing liquid gets… I almost cry as I dump it. But if adding this step is necessary for authentic preparation and a better cuppa, then that’s what I’ll do.

The 1st infusion is reeeaaalllyyy dark. I’ve used the term “coffeeish” to discribe the liquor of tea before, but I don’t even think that would do it justice. I have to go w/ cola-ish this time.

The aroma is light. While it was faint, there was a fecal note to Pu Erh Dante’s aroma that isn’t there w/ this one.

Taste matches the aroma. Very strong, complex, a little earthy, and the lack of a fecal note almost makes it a tad sweet.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Cofftea

2nd infusion 20sec. Still cola-ish in liquor. Remember when I said there was a hint of sweetness? It definitely popped out in this infusion. I’m not normally a fan of black tea-ish teas (even though pu erh isn’t a black tea), but I love this infusion!

Cofftea

3rd infusion, 20sec. Another reason to like Pu Erh- like Japanese greens, the infusion time is short so I can make another cuppa during commercials and not miss any of Biggest Loser:) While the liquor is no darker, it has a slight reddish tint to it now making it look more like cold brewed coffee concentrate. Actually, it’s so dark, it makes it look like it’s that consistancy. Still sweet, no lighter or weaker.

Cofftea

Another commercial, another cup! Kinda hard to tell if this liquor is indeed darker, or just more red, but I’m thinking just more red. Flavor is still consistant.

Cofftea

5th infusion, 20sec. I’m ending up drinking quite a bit of tea since other than my morning bowla matcha, this is all I’ve had today. I ended up taking almost a 4 hr nap so that cut out a lot of tea drinking time. This infusion is nearly identical in liquor and flavor to number 4.

Cofftea

6th infusion, 20sec. Liquor is ever so slightly lighter, but the flavor is still strong.

wambli

How long can I keep in yixing pot? Don’t think I want to drink 8 steeps at once. I weighed a tsp, it seemed to equal 2 grams.

Cofftea

I don’t know, I don’t have a yixing.

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Cofftea

2nd infusion 20sec. Still cola-ish in liquor. Remember when I said there was a hint of sweetness? It definitely popped out in this infusion. I’m not normally a fan of black tea-ish teas (even though pu erh isn’t a black tea), but I love this infusion!

Cofftea

3rd infusion, 20sec. Another reason to like Pu Erh- like Japanese greens, the infusion time is short so I can make another cuppa during commercials and not miss any of Biggest Loser:) While the liquor is no darker, it has a slight reddish tint to it now making it look more like cold brewed coffee concentrate. Actually, it’s so dark, it makes it look like it’s that consistancy. Still sweet, no lighter or weaker.

Cofftea

Another commercial, another cup! Kinda hard to tell if this liquor is indeed darker, or just more red, but I’m thinking just more red. Flavor is still consistant.

Cofftea

5th infusion, 20sec. I’m ending up drinking quite a bit of tea since other than my morning bowla matcha, this is all I’ve had today. I ended up taking almost a 4 hr nap so that cut out a lot of tea drinking time. This infusion is nearly identical in liquor and flavor to number 4.

Cofftea

6th infusion, 20sec. Liquor is ever so slightly lighter, but the flavor is still strong.

wambli

How long can I keep in yixing pot? Don’t think I want to drink 8 steeps at once. I weighed a tsp, it seemed to equal 2 grams.

Cofftea

I don’t know, I don’t have a yixing.

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My Tasting Notes Ratings (edited 8/8/10)
1: I can’t even stand the raw leaf enough to make this (I’ve never owned a tea w/ this rating, but I’ve smelled some before buying resulting in me NOT buying them that were that bad)

2: I steeped this tea but couldn’t stand the aroma enough to get it past my nose

3: I immediately gagged at the 1st sip and spit it out.

4: I manageed to get the 1st sip down, but I tossed the rest.

5: I drank the 1st cup but I can’t bring myself to resteep

6: Made it thru the entire set of infusions but I can’t bring myself to tinker w/ the parameters and won’t be making it again.

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