Imperial Organic

Recent Tasting Notes

Sample sipdown!

I’m still new to the world of pu’erh teas, but this one didn’t really excite me much. It tasted kind of fishy and even a tad sweaty, and compared to the other pu’erh I’ve tried (Verdant’s amazing Tian Di Ren Bulang Sheng from 2006), this one seemed kind of flat. It was in a teabag so I didn’t rinse it – maybe that’s why.

This was a swap from Jude. At least I got to broaden my horizons a bit!

TeaBrat

This tea is also a shu which is a lot different from a sheng. :)

Christina

Ah, see the teabag that I got in the swap didn’t say anything about that. I’ve never had a shu before this, but considering that I prefer green tea over black and have seen comments from others that shengs compare to shus the way green tea compares to black, I think sheng might be more up my alley.

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70

I like these for travel mostly, and they do get the job done. I would rate them higher if the spice were stronger. Recommended for travel, but you can get better if you are willing to hunt some better loose leaf stuff.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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71

I’m really not very familiar with pu-erh’s yet (this is my first one!) but will rate this tea anyway. I realize that most people don’t drink pu-erh made from a tea-bag but this was enjoyable enough. :)

It was smooth…and kind of earthy. I probably won’t buy it again because I want to try a fancy one next time. But I’m definitely going to finish the rest of what I have.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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90

Drizzling boiled water s-l-o-w-l-y into a small stainless steel infuser bowl on top of cup onto the emptied contents of tea bag and add some plain soymilk in cup. Great before bedtime. In the morning I tear open 2 bags of black Irish tea sprinkled on top of used chai leaves. Good for cup and a half morning buzz with a little spice taste. Can re-use same one or two times more a day with little or no bitterness since the leaves haven’t been soaking. Will do the same with Oolong etcetera. Not being a ‘purist’, mixing various teas sometimes is nice.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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56

This tea is fairly bitter, with a weaker peppermint taste than other peppermint teas I’ve tried. If you’re looking for plain white tea and noticeable peppermint flavor, this will suffice.

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Rich flavor, marine notes are just barely detectable, it’s cleaner in that regard for those who have an aversion to puerh for that reason. I think Kasumi no Chagin hit it with the ‘peat’ descriptor. ‘Forest dirt’ hits more on the second steep. I know, this sounds so appealing, doesn’t it? But it’s a pretty good puerh for everyday drinking.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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63

I like the Vanilla Roobos Chai by the same company better, and have it with soy milk. But recently i have tired of all the spice in it and gone back to plain Rooibos

Preparation
6 min, 30 sec

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6

Bagged
Aroma when Dry: sour, sweaty
After water is first poured: sweaty
At end of steep: earthy, slight musk
Tea liquor:
At end of steep: dark, earthy brown-red
Staple? No
Time of day preferred: unsure, first tasting
Taste:
first notes: forest dirt, mustyenss
As it cools? Notes get sweaty, peaty again
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? With slight sweaty, chemical notes

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 15 sec
darky

highest rating on this site so far from any tea i saw :)

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84

A co-worker, who is working on waning herself off of coffee, purchased this tea from a local heath store; and seeing as how I’m the recognized local tea connoisseur, she had peaked my curiosity.

The aroma given from steeping is extremely promising, with an almost rich woodsy atmosphere, deeply green, very dark, and a slight smokey tinge. The color is a very satisfying deep and handsome red of pu-erh.

The flavor is amazingly rich, with a smokey earthy taste that empowers it’s roasted base; this is the flavor of a fresh forest.

There are times when a teabag tea surprises me. This teabag is one of them.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

I have this too and was amazed at how good it was.

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27

bagged

I can’t say that i like this.

It tastes artificial in every way.
It’s sweet and not-a-very-good-spice factor either.
This just doesn’t work for me, sorry!

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88

I’m in a carbohydrate coma – now I remember why I don’t usually eat burritos for lunch. This is a tasty & cheap pu-erh in a teabag so I just keep it at the office – let’s hope it revives me soon. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Thomas Edward(Toad)

i never had a puerh teabag before, do they get a rinse or ya just brew em up?

TeaBrat

I just brewed this one up, I should try rinsing it. I hope it isn’t made from something they swept off the floor in the tea plant. :)

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88

Some where out there a pu-erh snob has fainted. That’s right, I am drinking pu-erh out of a teabag. $6 for a box and you can get it even cheaper on Uncle Lee’s website.

I bought this just to check it out for experimentation. I wasn’t expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised. It has the nice brownish-red color of a pu-erh. For a teabag this has some tremendous flavor. It’s very woodsy, and roasty/toasty with a hint of smoke puffs. The aroma reminds me of the redwood forest groves in Northern California. This is reminiscent of the wild tree pu-erhs I like a lot. It’s actually quite pleasant and it’s organic.

Don’t tell the tea snobs but I actually think this is more flavorful and interesting than both the tuo chas I had earlier today. It will just be our little secret… ;-)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Spoonvonstup

_ They actually sell pu’er in tea bags all over China. I had some the first time flying from Beijing to Kunming. It’s was pretty good- especially since my stomach hates flying.

I’ve actually seen bottled pu’er on the store shelf recently. Mind you, it had tons of sugar and was ultraflavored, but baby steps..

TeaBrat

Numi has some as well – one of these days I need to try it…

K S

My introduction to puerh was in bag form. I was Yamamotoyama. Tasted kind of like a wuyi oolong but was a great beginning. I have had the Numi – not bad, and one other that apparently didn’t leave an impression because I don’t remember what it was.

The DJBooth

Foojoy has a really good bagged Pu-Erh that I think I found for 4.00 for 100 bags….simply phenomenal

K S

Foojoy – that was it!

TeaBrat

I’ll have to see if I can locate that Foojoy in Chinatown! It’s so good to find these little bargains that are everyday staples…

ScottTeaMan

As long as you like the teabags, it is fine. I thought it was interesting that you like it better than the Tuo Chas. I’venever had bagged Tuo Cha, but I had a bagged White tea from Enjoying tea—I got it as a Christmas gift a few yrs ago. It too, was surprisingly good! It tasted like a Pai Mu Tan. I also believe the smaller leaf in the teabag intensified the flavor somewhat.

It is interesting that the aroma reminds you of the redwood forest groves! :))

TeaBrat

the tea bag just had flavors that I liked better. I like my pu-erh to taste and smell like trees evidently.

ScottTeaMan

Hhhmmm…….and yet you don’t like overly smokey teas?! So you like your “trees” pre burn then?

TeaBrat

I like trees but not much smoke – I feel like I’m drinking out of an ashtray

ScottTeaMan

hehehe…I like mildy smokey teas, but it’s been years since I’ve had a Lapsang Souchong, although I’d like to sample it again with short steeps.

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