160 Tasting Notes

This is my first experience with puerh of any sort.

After rinsing, the aroma is reminiscent of seaweed, which unfortunately is not pleasant to me in a culinary sense, and the brewed color is surprisingly dark. Tastes also of seaweed or perhaps more of moss, with a somewhat lingering clean juiciness. Tried a second cup after more rinses (amazing how dark this is), and could not get past the earthiness of this even when not breathing in the aroma.

Interesting, and glad to have tried it, but don’t think it is for me.

Yvonne

Sorry to hear you didn’t like it :( But every tea is a learning experience all the same :)

boychik

How short your steeps were? I’m quite successful with shortest steeps possible like 5 sec.
This particular shu I found too clean and too mild for my taste. Don’t dismiss it. Try some other time;)

caile

Yes, it was a learning experience and I enjoyed trying it for sure!

caile

boychik, I played around a bit with steeping times…probably a bit longer than 5 seconds, and as well tried longer times – still pretty earthy.

boychik

I would try it again some other time.
If any one told me 4 months ago that I would be so into puerh I wouldn’t believe. I started with shu( had a free sample) that was very bad quality, completely black fishy. But I had a feeling that it was a bad sample. It didn’t stop me;). I’m addicted.
Do you drink coffee? I find shu is similar to black coffee. I do drink 1 cup everyday no milk or sugar. If you like green tea then maybe sheng is the answer.

mrmopar

Yeah I think puerh takes a little time to get aquanted with you. My first was a disaster.

caile

haha, yes I will have to try again another time. I really don’t know much about puerh at all.
And I do drink coffee but didn’t find this similar, except in color perhaps. ;-)

mrmopar

If you have only had this a short period of time let it “air” out. I usually put any new puerh in the pumidor for at least 2 weeks before I get into them. Just let it get some air and moisture and it will probably wake up a little. I get things from China that have been vacuumed sealed with no airflow or moisture and they are usually in transit a month or so sometimes. I just pull them out and hope they come “alive” again. I think this will change given a month or so.

caile

Thank you, mrmopar. It was in a sealed bag – I will the rest of it get some air for awhile and try again. And, I never knew there were pumidors!

caile

That should read, “I will let the rest of it get some air..”

Terri HarpLady

Mopar, how big is your pumidor anyway? :)

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drank Vanilla Orchid by DAVIDsTEA
160 tasting notes

Vanilla pudding tea is an apt description. This is very light on oolong flavor and tastes mostly of sweet and creamy vanilla, with a bit of floral in the fragrance.
Re-steeped with the same results.

I enjoyed this and found it tasty but do find I don’t reach for it, as would rather drink other teas; and for that reason wouldn’t repurchase at this time.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

I just can’t get into this one. :( So disappointing.

Kamyria

I’ve had my eye on this one… maybe I’ll give it a try in the future.

VariaTEA

People need to stop posting about this tea! I am getting cravings. It is weird because this tea is not great for everyday, but when you want it, nothing else quite satisfies.

Fjellrev

I couldn’t get into this one either. It was too cloying and artificial for me.

caile

Aww, that’s too bad.. I do wonder if some batches vary though, as mine was pretty light.

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drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
160 tasting notes

Brewed up the last little bit of this bag.

Sweet and malty with a hint of fruity caramel. Smooth and so delicious, especially with some cream.

This was my first tea from Teavivre and I have enjoyed it a lot – will repurchase.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Dexter

This is one of my favorites from Teavivre – glad you like it.

caile

Mine too!

Sil

love this one!

TheTeaFairy

We’re all in agreement here!! Major staple.

caile

haha yes, it seems to be a staple for many!

Terri HarpLady

I’ll chime in!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
160 tasting notes

Chocolate, malt, barley, caramel. Sweet, smooth and very fragrant. Makes a completely satisfying and delicious cup of tea in the morning, and is one of my favorites!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90

Dry leaf is vivid green, and once brewed remains bright and fresh in appearance.

Brewed tea color is very pale yellow, and the aroma is nutty and a bit spinach-like.

Tastes nutty as well, and is sweet and lightly buttery. Very clean, smooth and mellow without a hint of bitterness. First steep seemed the strongest but nice flavor in the three re-steeps that I did. Lovely and refreshing!

Thank you Angel/Teavivre!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
160 tasting notes

My never fail evening tea. Creamy vanilla tea with a dash of cream – as satisfying as hot chocolate somehow even though this isn’t chocolate at all.

I’m glad to have this in loose leaf as can adjust the amount better, and find it brewed best with a couple minutes steep time. Yum!

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

This smells so amazing!! I find tastewise it can be hit or miss but when it is good, its REALLY good!

caile

Yes! I have had it go bitter but not often and only when I let it brew too strong – and even then it wasn’t horrible.

TheTeaFairy

It’s nice to have some never fail teas :-)

caile

It is! And especially an evening tea with low caffeine – I can always count on this!

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drank Vanilla Citrus Spice by Verdant Tea
160 tasting notes

I love this blend – so delicious! Creamy, sweet cake with spices and citrus – lovely and fragrant.

It is probably my favorite tea blend and although this is the last of this batch, I have more on the way!

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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
160 tasting notes

I am not that fond of rooibos usually but this says it has coconut, which I do love.
The description on the foil sample package I have, lists coconut at the end of the ingredient list just before the flavouring…hmm…and I don’t really see or smell any coconut either..
Brewed, this tastes like cinnamon oil and cloves, and maybe some pepper; no coconut or much of anything else. I would say it is is spicy, but not natural tasting to me.
Not for me.

TheTeaFairy

Oprah fell in love with this tea when she came to visit us in Montreal, and she made some noise about it on Instagram and other social medias…how’s that for best free marketing ever?

boychik

i tried really hard to like rooibos, but no…

caile

That would be good marketing for sure!

caile

boychik, rooibos is nice for a caffeine free option, but yes, I am not in love with any I have tried either!

mewakeling

I have this one and it is okay, but really not one of favourites either.

boychik

this is why i wanted to add rooibos to my repertoire for evening, but if i have some shu i sleep like a baby

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Small twisted dark green leaf.
Brewed palest yellow with an aroma of savory broth and the sea.
Tastes sweet and slightly savory with a hint of salt. Very smooth, light and delicious!

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Having the last of this pouch since I see it is restocked again and I can get more.

I really love this! It is delicious and satisfying – toast, chocolate and caramel – best breakfast ever!

And my ‘second breakfast’ of steel cut oats is ready – of course with another cup or two of this tasty tea!

keychange

Love steel cut oats!

Anna

Breakfast envy.

caile

My favorite!

boychik

Do you buy Mccann’s or some other brand? I eat Mccann every day for the past 13 yrs;)

caile

Right now I have the giant costco box which is Northern Gold brand and made from canadian oats. Also have had bob’s red mill oats in the past, which were good as well. I have looked at McCann’s online but never had them – perhaps I will give them a try when I run out of my current supply!

boychik

McCanns are very good but expensive. I used to order them in bulk thru Amazon, but for some reason they stopped to offer them on subscribe and save program. 1lb was like $2.5, now its much more expensive, like 3.99 thru swanson vitamins. i tried Bobs Mill, Trader Joe, Stop & Shop offers them too store brand. Nothing like McCann for me:) Sorry for rumbling

TheTeaFairy

The tea sounds like a lovely choice for your breakfast :-)
Ha! Had no idea they finally sold steel cut at Costco, thanks for sharing that caile :-)
I’ve been buying their quick oat but it’s just not the same…

caile

haha, now I want McCann oats! ;-)
You’re welcome, TheTeaFairy – the box from there does last quite awhile though, being costco sized and all!

Terri HarpLady

Oh, how I miss steel cut oats!! I used to eat them all the time. Sadly, I can’t eat any grains now, as they all cause health problems for me. Enjoy!

boychik

I’m so sorry Terry. Maybe grains are not for me either, I do have stomach aches pretty often. Did you do tests or just eliminated them?

TheTeaFairy

Caile, I put uncooked oats in my morning shake so bulk buying is a plus! I stopped buying steel cut cause it was too expensive. In quebec, pretty much the only place you find it is in health store and you get very small packages. Now I will indulge in Costco huge size :-)

caile

That’s too bad, Terri! I would miss grains the most if I couldn’t have them!

Yay for Costco sizes! ;-)

Terri HarpLady

boychik, I did a 30 day elimination. Initially I thought it was only grains with gluten, & they are the most devastating for me, but even quinoa is out.

boychik

Oh, i don’t think i’m ready. my hubby says that i just have to eat everything and a lot and it will solve all my problems. he can digest rocks;)

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Love loose-leaf tea. My favorite right now is black, both straight and some flavoured. I mostly drink black teas with a small dash of milk or cream but sometimes just clear.

I am enjoying finding favorites and what I like to keep in my cupboard.

Recently I discovered that I enjoy green teas so am exploring those a bit also.

Likes: cacao/chocolate, coconut,
Dislikes: rooibos, bergamot, seaweed, licorice

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