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drank Pu Erh Poe by Adagio Teas
382 tasting notes

Another sample bites the dust!
Soon, soon my cupboard will be ready for moar samples! (I’m thinking of Harney & Sons for my next sample buying spree – but they are out of the Florence samples! ;_;)

I rather like Pu Erh Poe, which makes me suspicious that it is a baby Pu Erh – a Pu Erh for people who do not know any better or who cannot handle Real Pu Erh, like people who drink Bud (or, god forbid, Lone Star) instead of Real Beer. I don’t like it enough to buy more, mind you, but it’s nice, it brews up fast, and it doesn’t smell (as much) like dirt as other Pu Erh I’ve had. It does have a smoky, earthy taste to it, but what is important (at least to me) is that the smell isn’t overpowering. I pretty much cannot get over things that smell weird. (Like durian. or natto – although to be fair natto also tastes pretty awful)

Reading the other tea notes, I see (not for the first time mind you) that apparently the proper preparation of Pu Erh is a multi step process. That kind of effort is definitely not for me! Pu Erh goes with Oolong into “category of tea that I am probably just not that into” (Note: Oolong will be taken out of this category when I got to Japan this summer and am once again subjected to its iced form all the time)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

I find it interesting you see multi steeps as effert… it doesn’t require more effort than getting out a new tea and starting from scratch, does it? Pu Erh sounds good! Thanks for the idea:)

Ewa

Well when you put it that way it sounds all reasonable and stuff :P

Cofftea

Haha! And short steeps rather than your parameters means tea quicker- yay!;)

Ewa

Well…fine! Man, now I want to try it but I’m out of Pu Erh. Recommend me one!

Cofftea

I prefer sheng over shu like Adagio’s. This one http://steepster.com/teas/puerhshop-com/8020-2007-imperial-concubine-aroma-pu-erh-tea-cake is amazing. Bana Tea Co. has a 8 pu erh sampler (7g each) for $10 I haven’t tried but everyone raves about. And I just got this sampler (the top one) http://www.lifeinteacup.com/puerh- 60g for only $9.99:)

Ewa

I do love a sampler set! Thanks!

Cofftea

No prob! Most of the Bana sampler are sheng, and all 4 of the teas in the LIATC sampler I got are sheng. Sheng is a COMPLETELY different animal than shu. You could just not be a fan of shu, I know I’m not.

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Cofftea

I find it interesting you see multi steeps as effert… it doesn’t require more effort than getting out a new tea and starting from scratch, does it? Pu Erh sounds good! Thanks for the idea:)

Ewa

Well when you put it that way it sounds all reasonable and stuff :P

Cofftea

Haha! And short steeps rather than your parameters means tea quicker- yay!;)

Ewa

Well…fine! Man, now I want to try it but I’m out of Pu Erh. Recommend me one!

Cofftea

I prefer sheng over shu like Adagio’s. This one http://steepster.com/teas/puerhshop-com/8020-2007-imperial-concubine-aroma-pu-erh-tea-cake is amazing. Bana Tea Co. has a 8 pu erh sampler (7g each) for $10 I haven’t tried but everyone raves about. And I just got this sampler (the top one) http://www.lifeinteacup.com/puerh- 60g for only $9.99:)

Ewa

I do love a sampler set! Thanks!

Cofftea

No prob! Most of the Bana sampler are sheng, and all 4 of the teas in the LIATC sampler I got are sheng. Sheng is a COMPLETELY different animal than shu. You could just not be a fan of shu, I know I’m not.

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I’m a Pole who grew up in Texas, is currently a graduate student in California studying Japan. How’s THAT for random?

Being Polish, my family has always drunk a lot of tea, and I am no different. I may drink more tea than water. On the other hand, I can’t say that I’m very particular about it; I’m generally pretty careless with steeping times and water temperature and I don’t even have a proper teapot (mostly because the lid broke during the move to California ;_;).

I always drink my tea unsweetened and I only add milk in the case of the most egregiously chai-ish of chais. (not really a big fan of milk in general)

Given that so many of my entries seem to be about my morning tea, I felt I should add something here about me and mornings: I fail at mornings. I fail at them a LOT. Therefore I often also fail at proper tea making in the mornings.

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