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drank Aloha Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
772 tasting notes

Disclaimer: I do not like pu-erh. I should qualify that. I have never tried a pu-erh that I really liked. I have tried flavoured and non, loose leaf and brick-style. I wouldn’t say that I have ever tried top of the line pu but I have no desire to either.

A while ago a friend gave me the David’s Tea pu-erh collection. Which is 8 little containers of different flavoured pu’s. About enough for 2-3 servings of each tea. I hummed and hawed over trading it or giving it away, but I thought because it was a gift, I should at least try the teas. And my friend kept asking me how I liked the tea, so I think I have to stop telling “white” lies and actually try it. In saying that, I did drink the other two teas she got me, so its only half lies – right?? :P

This is the first one to try from the box. I have to admit, I have read a lot of reviews on this so my hopes were no where near high.

On dry smell, it is not too bad. A bit tropical. There are what appears to be coconut shavings and dried fruit mixed in with the tea.

When brewing it appeared that the “coconut shavings” melted and it looked like congealed fat floating on the top of my mug – yuck. After steeping there was no more congealed fat but there was a thick oil slick left over floating on top of the tea trying to trap any fish or birds that got too close.

The smell of the dry tea is like super dried up nuts, no sweetness, very dry type of smell. Almost smelled dusty.

On first taste, I have to admit it is not horrible, but it is only tolerable. I do not get that pu earthy taste but it does taste dusty to me. There is a dry, nutty flavour, which could be coconut but doesn’t have the sweetness or wetness of coconut. There is a slight kind of fruity flavour, but it is more like dried fruit that has been sitting out too long and doesn’t have much taste left. Astringency is left on my palate.

Anyway, not my favorite for flavour, but willing to try. I didn’t expect to like it so that might have tainted my review.

Edit: Just realized my “coconut shavings” were actually white chocolate shavings. Ha, explains a little bit, but not a lot.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
JustJames

i AM a huge puerh fan and i am offended by this tea on the puerh’s behalf, lol. (nothing like a little anthropomorphization). nah, there are 3 teas i drink from david’s. and while i’m grateful for them when i first started into loose leaf… now that i am more educated both in teas and in their methods i disagree with the way they do business.

completely aside… a really interesting puerh ‘connection’ is verdant’s golden fleece. it’s in the vicinity so to speak. =0)

Sil

i am mostly of the “leave it” when it comes to david’s tea but their puerh is pretty much never something i will ever like after trying a few of theirs. Give me mandala or lupicia or any other company first! heh

Sil

lala – you might like lupicia’s chocolate strawberry puerh for a flavored puerh..

Tealizzy

Lol! Your review made me laugh! Especially the part about fish and birds getting stuck in the oil slick! Btw, you might like sTEApshoppe cinnamon swirl bread, which has puerh in it. Seems like the only one I like so far.

Lala

I do have cinnamon swirl bread on my shopping list!!

JustJames

the cinnamon swirl is outstanding.

Sil

it’s tasty for sure lala

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JustJames

i AM a huge puerh fan and i am offended by this tea on the puerh’s behalf, lol. (nothing like a little anthropomorphization). nah, there are 3 teas i drink from david’s. and while i’m grateful for them when i first started into loose leaf… now that i am more educated both in teas and in their methods i disagree with the way they do business.

completely aside… a really interesting puerh ‘connection’ is verdant’s golden fleece. it’s in the vicinity so to speak. =0)

Sil

i am mostly of the “leave it” when it comes to david’s tea but their puerh is pretty much never something i will ever like after trying a few of theirs. Give me mandala or lupicia or any other company first! heh

Sil

lala – you might like lupicia’s chocolate strawberry puerh for a flavored puerh..

Tealizzy

Lol! Your review made me laugh! Especially the part about fish and birds getting stuck in the oil slick! Btw, you might like sTEApshoppe cinnamon swirl bread, which has puerh in it. Seems like the only one I like so far.

Lala

I do have cinnamon swirl bread on my shopping list!!

JustJames

the cinnamon swirl is outstanding.

Sil

it’s tasty for sure lala

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I am a lifetime tea lover.

I did foray into the world of coffee for a period of time, but I returned to my true love. I still, however, enjoy a good cup of java.

My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey, which I drink every morning, the stronger the bergamot the better. I definitely prefer natural oil of bergamot to artificial flavouring.

I mostly like black and dark oolong teas. My current favs are Fujian blacks, Keemun and Assams, and Wuyi oolongs. I gravitate towards anything with lychee in it. I also drink a lot of herbal blends but am wary of hibiscus. I do not favour mate, or pu’erh tea, although I have found a few blends that I like. (I so badly want to like straight pu’erh tea but it all tastes gross to me. I keep trying though). Rooibos, green and white teas fall somewhere in the middle. I find myself gravitating towards heavily roasted oolongs and teas from Paris/France based companies.

I love iced teas and cold brews.

My current tea goal is to make the perfect cup of chai from scratch – almost there…I think.

I am in love with the whole experience of tea.

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