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For my 2nd cup of the morning, I chose a puerh because of what I perceive as a strong grounding influence. It’s a very earthy variety of tea, & I need that earthiness as a balance.

The Tea Spot sells these in a sample size of 5 tuo chas (each re-brewable a couple of times), and as I continue to want to try new teas, I’m finding that buying samples is a great way to go, especially when the sample is big enough for more than one sampling.

It makes a deep coffee-looking cup of boldness! Very slight taste of salt, satisfying mouth-feel (satisfying is the only word I can think of to describe it, but it feels right).

The 2nd cup has a deep berry color & a buttery tingly quality to it. I’m really wanting to taste something, and since I know that I can taste ‘sweet’, I add a little stevia (which I wouldn’t normally do with a puerh…well, maybe occasionally). Ah, yes…I can taste something! Admittedly, I’m mostly tasting stevia, but combined with the ‘thick’ mouth-feel of the tea, it translates as chocolate, LOL.

Hopefully I’ll feel the effects of caffeine soon, as what I really want to do is go back to bed now.

Bonnie

If the puerh is salty as you said I’m not surprised that adding stevia you had a chocolate or caramel flavor appear. Adding some milk of cream would make a nice latte.

Nik

I could probably live on samples, with maybe a handful of full-size orders as cupboard staples. There are so many teas to try out there and I find myself almost reluctant to brew something I’ve already had (unless it’s a favourite). That said, I agree that I want the sample to be sufficient for a few cups. It takes me a bit to find a tea’s sweet spot in the preparation, and it’s no fun not to have enough with which to experiment a bit.

Terri HarpLady

@Bonnie – It wasn’t really very salty, it’s just that salt & sweet are the only tastes I can taste right now, so I picked up on it, but yeah, the stevia made it nice!
@Nik – You are my little brother from another mother!

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Bonnie

If the puerh is salty as you said I’m not surprised that adding stevia you had a chocolate or caramel flavor appear. Adding some milk of cream would make a nice latte.

Nik

I could probably live on samples, with maybe a handful of full-size orders as cupboard staples. There are so many teas to try out there and I find myself almost reluctant to brew something I’ve already had (unless it’s a favourite). That said, I agree that I want the sample to be sufficient for a few cups. It takes me a bit to find a tea’s sweet spot in the preparation, and it’s no fun not to have enough with which to experiment a bit.

Terri HarpLady

@Bonnie – It wasn’t really very salty, it’s just that salt & sweet are the only tastes I can taste right now, so I picked up on it, but yeah, the stevia made it nice!
@Nik – You are my little brother from another mother!

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!

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http://www.harpsinger.net

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