45 Tasting Notes
I should have read the ingredients list, but I was swayed by the box label that said the words “chocolate” and “cinnamon”. I’m sure they are present, but the only flavor I can taste is the peppermint. This is a good tea, if you want peppermint pu-erh. If you’re expecting chocolate and cinnamon, look elsewhere.
In related news, I have most of a box of the tea if someone wants it.
So, I bought a couple ounces of this because I really liked the tuo cha I tried from Upton, and this didn’t require shipping, etc. It’s not bad, but the flavor is very mild compared to that one. I’ll drink through the rest of what I have, but I’ll be looking for another tuo cha (or just ordering some from Upton) in the future.
Tried a 30 second steep after a 30 second rinse because of all the comments about it being strong. Seemed pretty mild to me. Wil try a longer steep for the next cup.
First cup I had put a little milk and honey into. For the second and third cups, I drank it plain after steeping for 45 seconds. The color is still dark, but I have to dash off to work. Taking the other cake with me to sip all day.
The flavor is very mild to me. Slight earthy tones that are pleasant. No bitterness or acidity, so no need for me to have doctored it in the first place.
Thank you to Shmiracles for the two cakes I get to sample!
My sister gave me about a half an ounce with a bunch of other teas for my birthday last fall, and I’m just now getting to this one. She bought it about a year ago, so I’m guessing it’s not as strong as it was then.
I was surprised by the golden color when the brew finished. I expected it to be darker. The chocolate flavor was not over-powering, and I only got a vague hint of cherry when I thought about it. This is a nice morning wake-up tea with enough sweetness that I added only a drop of cream to dull the tannins.