One box I got tasted okay (not super high quality but drinkable) and the next was soooo smokey. It was like someone had been chain-smoking while rolling the pearls. Do not recommend.
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On my 2nd steep today. I have so much of this tea I don’t know how I’ll use it all. Haha
I’m getting sweet, earthy, soil flavors this time. Pretty nice for the evening.
The third steep of this tea is a good place for me, I’m liking it a little weaker surprisingly. The smokiness is dissipating and the earthy sweetness is coming out more. It’s much nicer and smoother.
Yum moment from this tea finally. :D
So I’ve had this Pu-erh for a while. I ran out of my Adagio samples so I’m resorting to this while I wait for my Verdant order to come in. (So excited!)
Not so bad! I rinsed my leaves this time and it made it much better.
Smoky, earthy and slightly sweet for my first steep. I’ll update for my other steeps later.
Hopefully the sweetness and malty-ness will come out in my next steeps.
I’m brewing it in a 2-cup teapot with 3-teaspoons of Pu-erh.
It’s a little weaker at the finish than I’d hoped. I want it a bit stronger.
Chocolate is good
This tea is surprisingly good… very light and good in the afternoon or evening. A coworker gave me a sample of this tea and she said it was pretty inexpensive as well. I probably wouldn’t stock this tea in my cupboard but definitely good for the price.
Fairly smooth at a two minute steep time and at 165-185 F. Any longer and it seems to get bitter (to me).
If I drink green tea first in the morning, this has been my “go to” as of late (upping my rating).
Seems right at a minute thirty, 165 degrees F. It gets very bitter at higher temps over the two minute mark.
Flavor: Grassy and green, smooth at lower temp times.
To be honest, after reading some of the other reviews, I realize I probably don’t have as intense of a knowledge of how to make the tea to actually rate this tea well. ;) Haha I received it from my family after they decided it was weird/unpleasant, but I found it rather delicious with milk. It is a tea that has grown on me, and could potentially take some getting used to. After reading the reviews, I’ve decided I want to experiment a bit more with the steeping process, as well as how I drink it. Thank you, Steepster!
Steepster will absolutely not let me log World Market’s Mountain Wulong, under either of it’s listings, I tried several times today. I tried two days ago back when I actually drank it. No luck, I get an error message everytime. I saw that Jason was consolidating duplicate teas and while both show up and I was able to add one to my cupboard no logging. Anywho!
I received Mountain Wulong and Ancient Pu-Erh from my sister for Christmas, both loose leaf. I haven’t tried the pu-erh yet, but was pleasantly surprised with this one. I wasn’t sure what kind of oolong it was going to be but based on the reviews, I was hoping for dark and wasn’t disappointed. Nice wiry brown leaves with some silver mixed in. The scent reminds me of an Oriental Beauty or Darjeeling even though I know its from China. And the taste is nice sweet stone fruit, mineral and herbaceous notes.
It reminds me of the first Oriental Beauty I tried almost a year ago that opened my eyes to a whole other world of tea and led me to Steepster. I’ve had teas more complex and unique in the last year, but this is very nice. A good everyday oolong with enough sparkling moments to make it engaging. See this is me being not snobby. Will try to move the note to its proper page once the issue is resolved. Happy 250 tasting notes to me!
A family member got me this one. It was a pleasant surprise as I’ve never tried a World Market tea before.
The only other Mate I’ve ever tried was Matevana. I’m not sure if I prefer one over the other because they’re both different. This one, despite being marked as “Chocolate” is actually more toasty and less sweet than the other Mate. Because of the fewer ingredients, the taste of the actual Mate seems more prevalent here. If one goes past the (admittedly very nice) toasty Mate flavor, there is a hint of chocolate, but it’s more of a flavor reminiscent of chocolate, rather than tasting like an all out Hershey’s chocolate bar.
I agree with another user, it’s almost like coffee (closer to coffee than the Matevana), but way less bitter.
It’s not a bad thing to have on hand when there isn’t a way to steep loose tea (I love the pyramid shaped bags), but I’m not sure about having this all the time. I’ll have to try other Mates before I decide on this.
This isn’t too bad. Not my favorite but its not horrible either especially for the price. Its just a pretty basic Jasmine green tea.
Cold, which was a poor choice considering the weather.
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Blah, but it is pu’erh.
I received a couple samples of this one from IrishBreakfastLass in our random sample swap :] The aroma of this tea is deep with dark chocolate notes. Mm the flavor is very toasty and smooth with a creamy dark chocolate aftertaste. Hints of toffee and mocha are hanging out here too. Thanks again!
I bought this tea along with the Pu-Erh yesterday. I’ve never had Sencha in Sachets before, so this is new. I do like the fact that sachets don’t effect the flavor of the tea.
The leaves were very brittle, and could turn to powder at the slightest touch of the finger; this happened to several of the leaves, but most were still in-tact. They smelled very sweet, almost like honey, and a bit floral. The brewed leaves also smelled sweet, but vegetal notes crept in.
The tea was a very faint yet bright yellow-green. It tasted sweet, somewhat vegetal, grassy, and a bit floral as well. At the end of the sip, I got notes that reminded me of barley, but turned into an orchid (very drastic change!), which puzzled me a bit.
The second steeping was very much the same as the first, surprisingly. It did not change much since then. However, I did notice that the brewed leaves smelled extra sweet this time, and I did not get the barley taste. This tea is pretty good.
By the way, I finally got the 2011 production of “Atys” thanks to a friend, who even went as far to upload it on Youtube (Unlisted, however). I just can’t get enough of great Baroque music. I’ll be enjoying it with this nice tea.
I had no idea that World Market made Pu-Erh along with it’s other teas. When I saw this in the tea section, I absolutely had to try this. What a wonderful surprise to a shopping trip aimed at buying chocolate.
I edited this review to include several separate steepings
-I steeped this tea Gaiwan style, and did 30+ second steeps each time.
The leaves were chocolaty-brown, and several leaf buds were present. Longer leaves (and the name) hinted that this Pu-Erh may have been produced from Ancient Arbors. They smelled very earthy, but also malty and sweet. After “washing” the leaves for 10 seconds, I noticed a great woody aroma. This was very refreshing.
First Steeping: This is one of the lighter Pu-Erhs that I’ve had. It wasn’t as astringent as I had expected for a ripened “Shou” tea. The liquor was a dark, pinkish-brown, and smelled typical of a Pu-Erh. The malt from the dried leaves showed up in the brew, and was quite welcomed, as it made the tea a little more robust (again, this was very light).
Second Steeping: This brew was only slightly lighter than the first. This cuppa was much sweeter, less malty, and more floral. It retained the same earthiness as before. It was a very smooth couple of sips. I also noticed a hint of mushroom in the background. Very nice.
Third Steeping: The tea showed more malt and leather notes this time. I got a slight smell of mushroom, but it wasn’t present in the taste. Very smooth and reminiscent of pine wood.
Fourth Steeping: The tea started getting lighter in color here. Muscatel notes showed up, as well as more Pine flavor. The earthiness remained as strong as it was in the first steeping.
Fifth Steeping: The Pine notes were completely gone, and the tea was only a slight bit earthy. A very floral brew with a hint of nuttiness.
I didn’t encounter the “fishy” taste with this tea, as other reviewers did. I suspect that some didn’t wash the tea first. This tea is great for the price, though I wouldn’t age this tea further.
Backlog from last night.
My tummy had been slightly threatening all day yesterday, and I have read that Pu-Erh is supposed to be good for digestion, so I thought I’d give this another try.
This tea just isn’t my thing. It has a scent to it that I can only describe as fishy. Do not want! At least not in my tea. I tried it with cream and sugar to see if it would mask that scent, but it didn’t.
On the plus side, it did seem to calm the tummy rumblings, so I would like to try a different Pu-Erh, and see if I can find one without the piscean scent.
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When I opened the tea bag package, my husband laughed and said it smelled like latex paint. I took a sniff and he was right. The taste is a little bitter, not indulgent or smooth. Nothing special. I wouldn’t buy it again.
Tried this last night, when i was having some digestion issues. I was not fond of the scent or taste. It has a fishy/seaweedy taste. It reminds me or nori. I wasnt fond of it at all. But it did make my tummy feel better.
I might try a higher quality Pu-Erh. Just to say i did.