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My second Pu-Erh, and I’m starting to pick up on those… not so nice descriptions of the smell. Specifically, fish food.

Luckily, that description doesn’t translate to the taste (not that I’ve tasted fish food, mind you) but I’m still not overly excited by this one. After reading some of the reviews suggesting a longer steep time, I tried it again, but not much had changed. There’s nothing bad about it, exactly… just nothing I find particularly interesting.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Jaime

For the strong pu-erhs, I’ve found that doing a 10 second “flush” with boiling water, and then using 180-195 degree water to steep seems to yield a milder, non-fishy cup for me. I experiment a lot with my pu-erhs!

cody

I’ll have to try that. Thanks.

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drank Organic Pu-Erh Tea by Arbor Teas
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My first Pu-Erh… apparently this is the month of trying new things. Once again I had no idea what to expect.

The leaves have a nice, earthy smell. I was a little wary at first, as I’ve heard the scent of some Pu-Erhs described in… less than pleasant terms. It seems to be brewing somewhat dark, but I rarely use a white or clear cup. Perhaps I should change that…

The taste is very smooth and mellow. For some reason the word ‘silky’ comes to mind. It’s a bit smoky, which is usually a turn-off for me, but it’s a different kind of smoky than I’m used to. The smoky teas that I don’t care for usually remind me of bacon or BBQ… whereas this one, if anything, reminds me of burning sage. (What can I say? This hippie vegetarian prefers the latter.)

I’ve got a few more Pu-Erh samples from Arbor Teas, and I’m looking forward to trying those as well.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
wombatgirl

You know, I’m thinking of doing the same thing (switching to a white or clear cup) – the color range of these teas is just amazing, and loosing it in colored mugs seems like a shame. Or maybe a white or clear teapot.

cody

I’ve actually been looking everywhere for one I like for a few weeks now, but I just can’t find anything that’s my style. I’ve been using a ceramic bowl/cup without a handle, and the strainer from my teapot fits perfectly inside it. Only problem is that it’s dark brown…

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drank Organic Pu-Erh Tea by Arbor Teas
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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Nepal First Flush by Adagio Teas
180 tasting notes

Over-steeped this to a nearly unpalatable degree this morning. Sometimes I get too distracted while getting ready for work…

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drank Assam Harmony by Adagio Teas
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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Brewed it a bit stronger today. The malty, sugary notes that I’m used to are really coming out this time. The aftertaste of Assam reminds me so much of a honey taffy my mom used to make… Seriously crave-worthy. Bumping up the rating a few points.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
cody

…usually brew in my favorite brown teacup, but just poured a bit into a clear glass out of curiosity. Gorgeous color.

Meghann M

You make this sound amazing…“honey-taffy” Yum…hope to order soon!

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90

Holy unfurling leaves, Batman! I’m brand new to Oolongs, this is only my third, and each of them have been a unique experience… and I haven’t even gotten into the “good stuff” yet.

Being new to Oolong, I never really have any idea what the descriptions mean, so I’m often flying blind. I understand “scented” easily enough, but I have to ask… scented with what?

The dry leaves, rolled more tightly than anything I’ve ever steeped before, smelled very floral. Jasmine, maybe. It smells wonderful. After steeping, the scent mellows out a bit, and the flavor is kind of nectary. A bit fruity. It’s smooth and soft, and while I am under the impression that Oolongs can be creamier, this is one of the creamiest teas I’ve ever had.

I’ve never kissed a mermaid (merman?) but if the opportunity ever presents itself, I hope it’s like this. (Yeah, I said it.)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

On twitter, A+D said it was lightly scented like an Earl Grey…but I don’t know if that means that it is scented with bergamot or not. I can’t wait to try it for myself and see if that is what I taste :)

cody

Interesting. I never caught that on Twitter. Thanks. I’m not really picking up anything particularly bergamont-like, though… Hmm.

JacquelineM

I think they are being mysterious!

Meghann M

Very mysterious! I caught something somewhere in the description last night that said seaweed. I was hoping it doesn’t taste like seaweed! (does it taste like seaweed)?

JacquelineM

Oh Meghann M I hope not!

cody

Not that I’m aware of… but there are all sorts of seaweed. Very few of which I have tasted.

JacquelineM

Excellent detective work teabird!!! Thank you!

cody

Haha… thanks for coming back here to let us know. Mystery solved. :)

TeaEqualsBliss

“Merman! Merman!” Reminds me of Zoolander!!! LOL

cody

That’s what I was going for, lol.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I was super-excited to see that the new A&D series featured an Assam… my favoritest of teas. I got my order last night, and waited patiently until the morning to try it out.

I held off on this review until my second cup, because the first just didn’t seem to have much to it. It’s a bit lighter than a few of the Assams I’ve tried. Still a good cup of tea, though. Definitely a smooth, mellow Assam.

I also think that I might not be tasting things properly this morning, so I may have to adjust my rating later on. I feel kind of… meh.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
wombatgirl

Yeah, I thought so too – he’s more mellow than I thought he’d be.

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