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In previous notes for this tea, I commented on its sweetness and lack of hay flavor. The current batch that I just opened today tastes different. There are definitely hay notes this time and I cannot find that apricot.
I’m not changing my rating, however, b/c I had more than one batch previously that was superb (so this isn’t a case of the way-to-numerous teas that I dislike after the second or third cup, and anyway I don’t dislike the current cup, it’s just more basic-white flavored)
Welcome to day number three of Pu Erh week! You know I am kinda liking these themed weeks, it makes my love of organization and sorting very happy. Speaking of sorting I am almost done sorting my bucket of 11,000 perler beads, it would probably be really tedious if I didn’t enjoy it.
On this frigidly cold day I am pulling from my notebook for a neat Pu Erh blend. Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot is a blend of Pu Erh, Chocolate, Black Tea, and Sunflower Petals. It is a tea with loads of caffeine and perfect for a morning boost (and help people who want to make the switch from coffee to tea) with a robust flavor. The aroma is rich, very rich blending chocolate, malt and earthy notes with a mild sweetness. The aroma reminds me of milk chocolate rather than dark chocolate, with a slight hint of nuttiness.
Once I steep the tea the leaves take on a brightness that reminds me of Ceylon tea with malt and earthy notes. There is still the aroma of chocolate but it is not as strong, taking a backseat to the aroma of the tea leaves. The liquid is very rich mixing earthy and loamy notes with a faint ‘market aroma’ from the Pu Erh. As an aftersmell there are notes of sweetness and maltiness.
The taste is very intense and sweet, an extremely robust, rich tea. They were not wrong when they said it could be a good ‘switchover’ tea because I can certainly see a similarity with coffee. The taste is a great blend of robust tea and rich chocolate, still more of a milk chocolate. There is a slightly metallic mouthfeel that gives the tea an added brightness. It manages to be creamy and rich which still being earthy, there is also a touch of astringency which is very pleasant. As the tea cools it becomes a bit more astringent and also a little more earthy. I also tried this tea with a bit of cream, there was no need for sugar because it is already pretty sweet, the cream takes away any of the astringency and gives it a bit of a chocolate milk feel. This tea is certainly a good breakfast tea, making me feel very awake and alert.
I got home from my gig this morning & had breakfast with my son Leif (he fixed it, BTW). I also had a pot of this. It’s rich, it’s malty, it’s chocolatey in a grown up chocolate kind of way. This would be a sipdown, except I actually have more of it on order, along with a few other goodies from the Tea Spot.
Basic cup of bold black tea, suitable for breakfast time and milk (if your into that). Im having mine in the afternoon, milk-free. I just wish I had some tea cookies to go with it. . . ::in day-dreamy voice:: yummy cookies, I want a cookie. . .
No cookies for me. Only tea.
Black Friday was today… Which is no fun for retail workers(aka me). It actually wasn’t too bad. I took this tea to work today because it has a nice chocolate flavor and I wanted something that might help me relax through the rush. It did nicely :]
The scent of this tea reminds me a bit of a puerh. It smells like dirt and hay. I do detect some sweetness behind it all, but the earthy scent is the strongest. It certainly brews up a rather dark cup as well!
Sipping… I mostly taste sweet hay with some mild chocolate and floral notes. The cup is actually not as silky as I thought it would be. That’s not to say that it isn’t smooth, it does get quite astringent at the end. This is a solid, drinkable cup of tea, but isn’t my favorite.
had this one today too..and it was delicious and tasty and saved my afternoon haha. love it!
oh god. i thought i’d give this one a try since i had a good experience with coconut this morning. um. i love you terri, but this is really not the tea for me. I may have taken a sip and held it in my mouth, making a face while trying to decide whether to spit or swallow. lol Funnily enough it’s not so much the coconut that did it to me..it’s the weirdly peachy, grassy green oolong taste and how it doesn’t meld well with the coconut. eesh.
thanks for letting me have a bit of this terri! lol one more tea off the list haha
I still love this one! This was my tea for the road this morning, as I had to go teach at the university. The next time I drink this one, it will be a sipdown, so guess who is planning an order from The Tea Spot?
Let’s see…I’ll need more of this…& some of that russian caravan…not sure what else…
Sipdown! I think that puts me at 185!
It’s been quite awhile since I drank this one, & since my first student of the day especially likes greens, I made the final pot of it to share with her. I don’t always care much for flavored greens, but I really enjoyed this one today, as did my student. Gentle greens with strawberry, naturally flavored, & subtly so.
1T + 16oz preheated teapot X 2 min @ 170 = lovely!
terri sent a bit more of this my way and i drank it today. Final verdict? It’s not the tea for me. there’s a bitterness to this that i don’t like even though the aroma is pleasant enough. oh well, just another one that i don’t need to keep on my list!
sipdown on this one! Terri sent this my way and while i was drinking it, all i could think of was that THIS would work with the ginger much better. This is really nice – i think it would work well as a base in a number of blends :)
Sipdown! Terri sent this my way and i figured today was a good day to try this one. I need a little kick to my afternoon. Sadly, the ginger in this one isn’t present enough. It does build while you drink this, which is nice but i miss the ginger from the first sips. I’d also like this to be slightly less smokey. I think that would balance the ginger a little better. It just means that i might need to try and blend my own sometime in the future :) I did like this though, so thanks for sharing terri!
someone drank this yesterday and i’m supposed to give someone some of this but i remember nothing of that now. But it was the reason this got pulled out of the cupboard today and it was DEEEEEELICIOUS! so yay for life’s simple happy moments!
Last night Ari was looking for a tea to make, “one that was easy”, she said. I pointed out a few plain old blacks, & also the chocolate O & Bolder breakfast. She started sniffing, & this was the one. She made a 16 oz pot of it, & then must have gotten distracted, cuz when I got home from Tony’s last night, about 1/2 the pot was still there. I poured it into a glass, put it in the fridge, & just enjoyed it chilled with my lunch. I’ve always enjoyed this blend of black teas, plus shu pu’erh, plus chocolate! YUM! And it’s really tasty cold, BTW!
I really enjoy this bold and tasty blend – strong black tea + a solid puerh + the hint of chocolate. Who can resist?
I really love this tea, even though the puerh flavor is somewhat overpowered by the black tea flavors. I found that, contrary to pretty much every kind of tea I have had, this one actually tastes better the longer you steep it. I discovered this on one of my busy, scatterbrained days when I left my tea steeping and completely forgot to remove the infuser after the customary 5 minutes I usually allot for black teas. It had been steeping 15-20 minutes and I thought “Oh no, it’s ruined. It is going to taste so bitter!” To my great surprise and delight, however, that was not the case! In fact it tasted so much more rounded, rich, thick, and bold, and silky. I loved it. So now that is how I regularly brew this tea: steeping anywhere from 15 to even 25 minutes. (Yes, it’s practically lukewarm by the time it’s ready, but it tastes so good I don’t care.)
My friend from Colorado gave me this tea and told me that she had employed a longer steeping time as well. She said she and her mother would even let the tea steep while they headed off to the gym, and then they would enjoy it when they got back!
Uhh, yum! Thanks, Sil!
Dark sweet chocolate with a hint of bitterness. So tasty. I didn’t add anything and the mug is already mostly gone. Need to try a resteep as well.
This is one I’d consider buying more of. Yum yum yum.
Note for posterity: do NOT cold brew this one. The liquorice root, which provides a light sweetness when brewed hot, became sweet in a gross way when cold brewed. Sickeningly sweet, really. I could only drink half my bottle, and only because I was drinking it with lunch.
Sometimes the sipdown is the best cup because you have just (—) that many extra leaves so you just drop them in since they won’t make another full cup——and the result is richer and deeper and better than the rest.
Happened here. Thick, dark, caramel-chocolate. Think unsweet bakers chocolate, not Hershey Bar. Good stuff.
It’s been a busy day so I thought I’d pull this one out. It’s nice and calming. Floral and sweet. I need to make some more time to just sit and enjoy my tea.. not throw it in a tumbler and scuttle everywhere.
delicious cup of this today because…well, why not! this isn’t an older tea but it is a tea i have a while 3.25oz of, so i might as well drink it up when i want it :)