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I sip this same tea that my girlfriend gave me for Christmas. I re-steep and re-steep the tea. She’s in Haiti for the week.She’s doing missionary work. Years ago, I went to Haiti, I met her sister and father, then sort of Facebook stalked her, turned out we’re really compatible and I want to marry her. That’s the long story, shortened. Funny, why would I be shortening the story for tea drinkers? I should be shortening it for the coffee drinkers. Anyway-
She lives in Virginia, I live in Ohio, it’s a long distance relationship. One would expect that I wouldn’t mind her being in Haiti, where this whole crazy thing got started, but two problems-
1) I am used to being in contestant contact with her, and Haiti doesn’t have a lot of communication infrastructure. Some fellows might be put off by a female that texts or emails or calls at least once every two hours during waking hours. And I’m one of them. But not with her. Now I drink her tea, watch things on Netflix, and try not to transpose my own emotions with those of the fake people who do fake things in movies.
2) Haiti is hell. Haiti was Hell’s next door neighbor when I went. Then her earthquake ripped the country up. Imagine the worst bedroom you’ve ever been in… You know the kind that mom says “It looks like there was a hurricane in here,” then add a real hurricane. It’s a lot like that except with lots of human beings and their lives. The UN and the Red Cross and lots and lots of American money don’t solve the problem of evil people and educating people to stand on their own. This is what worries me. America has law and order because people are used to following law and order, and therefore generally do. Haitians are not used to following law and order, and now there is no law or no order, even if someone wanted to follow.
If she’s in Virginia and something bad happens, I can put the key in the ignition, drive there, and sort things out. Haiti’s problems that would come her way would be exponentially worse than what Virginia would bring her, and I can’t just drive over there and sort out her problems. I can’t be there to protect her. I want to go to Hell to make sure she doesn’t know she’s there.
I drink her tea, I watch Netflix, and I try my hardest not to think of her at all.
I steep and re-steep this as I watch No Country for Old Men, my favorite example of American culture’s answer to the Zen koan. I use GChat to talk to my girlfriend and try not to tell her I’ve packed a bag and I’ll be driving the few hundred miles between us, and probably loosing my job in the process.
Smooth, dark, re-steeps well.
My girlfriend, and the way things are going- future wife, gave this to me for Christmas. I made it for us a few times while she visited last week. She doesn’t know much of anything about loose leaf teas, but found, likely, the tea I’d enjoy the most from World Market. Maybe it’s one of those Connections that Karl Jung was talkin’ about.
I drank some tonight, and thought about her.
This is my first experience with jasmine pearls. With that being said, I didn’t want my first experience of pearls being stuck in a bag. I got out the scissors, snipped open the bag and poured the little pearls into my perfect tea maker. I poured six ounces of 180 temp water over them and watched them for a minute. Indrank that infusion while awaiting a second steep for 1.5 minutes. After the second infusion the pearls were fully opened and a darker brew was released. I enjoyed the second steep more as it was more floral. The first one was much too light. I think this is a tea I may grab to relax, but wouldn’t drink regularly. I am curious to try better pearls.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.