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81
drank Mountain Wūlóng by World Market
152 tasting notes

I find World Market teas to be reasonably priced with usually adequate flavors. So, I grabbed the Mountain Wūlóng tea while we were browsing through the store on Saturday.

When I opened the silver bag, the clumps of dark leaves smelled very grassy. It wasn’t a freshly mowed aroma. It was closer to the odor that cut grass expels after it ferments in the compost pile for a day or two. The smell was recognizable but not necessarily unpleasant.

I steeped the thick black leaves for four minutes at 185 degrees as recommended on the package. The brewed color was a deep gold. The aroma was like slightly sweet grass (i.e., the yard variety).

The first few sips of this brew produced a strong grassy taste. However, the more I drank, the more subtle the flavor became. By the time my cup was half full (or was it half empty?), the grassy flavor was embedded in a semi-sweet honey taste which I preferred over my initial impression. I didn’t discover any astringency. The aftertaste was smooth with a slightly sweet attribute.

This was a cordial tea and not a bad way to kick off my Monday morning. It didn’t have the caffeine kick that I normally require to jump start my brain. However, this selection did seem to keep me in a calmer state of mind than I am accustomed to when I begin the work week. That’s plausibly not a bad thing!

Flavors: Cut grass, Honey

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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73
drank Ancient Pu-Erh by World Market
29 tasting notes

I’m a true newbie, and this is my first pu-erh. I bought it at World Market knowing that it probably isn’t the highest quality tea, but I enjoy it. After trying this one, I am inspired to order some of the recommended puerhs.
I’m way too new to tea to be very good at describing the flavor, but some day I will compose a new tasting note here.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec
Spencer

Welcome to the world of pu’erh! There is soooooo much to learn (in some ways it is a lot like wine). Folks here are always glad to give recommendations.

Saradiann

Thanks. I’m trying to follow the tasting notes of you frequent puerh sippers.

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85
drank Ancient Pu-Erh by World Market
1 tasting notes

Really nice tea… surprisingly good.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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69

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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86

This green tea is absolutely amazing. The other green tea I threw away in the trash after trying Wulu’s green tea. If you see this in the local store I highly reccomend that you purchase this. 5 star review from me and I am very picky and sensitive about my teas.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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A very refreshing (to me anyway) brew. I love it plain, no sugar or anything. It’s calming and clears the mind.

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100

I’ve had many senchas in my lifetime; in Japan and in the United States and I have scarcely found one I didn’t like. I love going to World Market, I even tried to get a job there several times. Almost all the World Markets I’ve been to have great service and great products. This tea didn’t disappoint at all. Most Japanese tea comes in packaging that can be cryptic to understand for those who are just starting to get in tea, but this looks perfectly accessible. It is a great introduction to Japanese tea for anyone that is just starting out. This tea has all the trademark grassy and sweet flavors a sencha should have. Goes great with fruit or something else sweet!

Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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90

I think the company’s description of this tea is correct, and it is absolutely delicious! I love black teas with notes of cacao, and this one definitely has that.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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67

I’m drinking the last bag of this today. It’s definitely pleasant, nice and light and slightly fruit. Back to decent (even bagged) tea now that I’m out of the hospital. Let’s just say that I didn’t open the bags they supplied there.

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67

I’m finally drinking this alone and hot (well with a little sweetener). This is my 6th mug of tea today trying to get rid of bronchitis. Anyway, this has a nice fruity flavor and aroma. I’ve noticed that I do really like fruity white teas and this is no exception. With my sudden love for all things loose, I’m not sure I’ll repurchase once I’m done with the last 3 bags of this but it was nice while it lasted!

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drank Ancient Pu-Erh by World Market
4 tasting notes

I liked it. It is very earthy and I cannot claim to know a whole lot about pu-erh teas as this was my first encounter but I am enjoying this bag. I did not notice the fishy taste some readers hinted about, it may be that the 180 degree brewing temp doesn’t pull out that flavor. All the same it does aid in digestion and that is a good thing.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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67

I haven’t tried this on its own but I tend to mix it with other fruity teas (I prefer all my tea – aside from chai – over ice). I love slightly tart, punchy flavors (love hibiscus) and this fits right in. While the general price is low, it only comes with 15 bags so it really isn’t that cost effective.

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78

Oh man! Ths one brewed up into a lovely golden color and I am really enjoying it! Although it is an oolong, it has a lot of black tea qualities to it. It starts out light in the front of the mouth with an almost citric quality. It darkens into a barely creamy, slightly roasty and malty flavor- reminds me slightly of chestnut stuffing. It has a light astringency which works in this tea to make it seem bright even though there are some darker tones to it. It’s very well-balanced between light and dark flavors.

Thanks Shelley_Lorraine dor the opportunity to try this tea.

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65

Another tea from cheetah_pita and I must say that of all my mystery swaps, she did the best job of sending me unique/foreign/different-to-me teas. I thought this one, a dark oolong, would be a safe selection as I’ve liked most dark oolongs that I’ve tried.

This one is quite unique. It tastes almost like it has cinnamon in it, which is alright by me, but I also detect some smokiness. If I didn’t know any better, I’d think someone snuck a pinch of Lapsang Souchong into my cup! But strange enough, both the cinnamon and smokiness die out pretty quick as the tea cools and turn into a nutty flavor. can’t say I’m loving the nutty flavor much more than the cinnamon smoke, but it’s alright.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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78

Quite a good oolong, kind of a nutty taste like almond but very light.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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18

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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72
drank Ancient Pu-Erh by World Market
26 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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72
drank Ancient Pu-Erh by World Market
26 tasting notes

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

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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72
drank Ancient Pu-Erh by World Market
26 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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68

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).

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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68

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.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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68

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!

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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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!

K S

congrats on 250!

Fjellrev

Yay, congratulations!

Autumn Hearth

Thanks! Incendiare, I like your icon ;)

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67

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.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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