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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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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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71
drank Jasmine by World Market
78 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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89

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!

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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84

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.

Leaf Quality:
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.

Brewed Tea:
First Steeping
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.
Second Steeping
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.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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83
drank Ancient Pu-Erh by World Market
115 tasting notes

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.

Leaf Quality:
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.

Brewed Tea:
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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Bonnie

Good job describing your experience. Did you steep this more than once? If you rinse your puerh 20-30 seconds you might get a richer brew if this is a nugget form.

Scharp

Thanks! This isn’t a cake or nugget; it’s free leaves. Most of my experiences with Pu-Erh have been from cakes and bricks, though they’ve not been logged on Steepster and were aged from raw tea. I steeped it once tonight (I’ll do more in the morning, as I’ll be up extra early). By the way,do you prefer the aged green, or ripened Pu-Erh’s?

Bonnie

Ah, that explains…and I like loose puerh’s sometimes too, when you can let them steep for a long time like having coffee in the morning. Some are pretty nice.
I seem to like ripe puerh’s best. But, I have lots to learn. I have about 13 ready to be tasted and reviewed right now and that takes some time. It’s not like other tea that you can taste back to back after an hour or two. I can only give attention to one puerh a day. I take hours with it, really pay attention to color, scent, taste. EVERYTHING! I don’t eat or have the tv on. It’s like I went to puerh church, all quiet. There are a few other types of tea’s that take lots of time. A new Oolong might take lots of time. Any unique new tea.
I hope that answered your question. This is just my style. My preference. Taste changes though.

Scharp

Wonderful insight, Bonnie! I agree that Pu-Erh teas take longer, as their character is more complex. The same goes with other aging teas for me, such as Dark teas.

Scharp

I edited the tea (Again) to include even more steepings.

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40
drank Ancient Pu-Erh by World Market
276 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Autumn Hearth

Yes, definitely don’t give up on trying Pu-Erh based on World Market (I haven’t tried it but can imagine). I recommend Verdant and starting off with a shu then maybe trying sheng down the road. They have sample sizes of everything so that’s great. http://verdanttea.com/teas/yanxins-reserve-04-shu-nuggets/ this one is a fave of many, but I also love the Peacock Village (low stock so you might not want to get hooked but its great to show you what shu has to offer). And for a really trip: http://verdanttea.com/teas/cornfields-shu-tuocha/

Skulleigh

Thank you, I definitely am going to try another one. Thanks for the recommendations!

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40
drank Ancient Pu-Erh by World Market
276 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Bonnie

Good idea and give it a quick 20 second rinse then steep it. I think it will be an improvement. Many people like it sweet or with milk at first like coffee, which was the case with me.

Skulleigh

Thanks Bonnie! I’ll try that.

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9

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.

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72

This is my first Pu-Erh, but I think it is a good start to the journey. I really enjoy the second steep of this one—there is a golden, grassy note that doesn’t come out with the first brew. There’s almost a “thick” nature to this tea…I’d say it tastes almost broth-like, but maybe it’s the earthy, loamy nature that I’m really detecting. I like to drink this one if I’m not feeling the best. Maybe it’s the power of suggestion that I’m getting from the packaging, but it really does seem to help my stomach if it’s off.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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89

I thoroughly enjoy this tea. It does not have as much chocolate flavor as the Double Dark Chocolate Mate by Republic of Tea, and instead has a much more intense coffee base note. It is quite bitter (but I find I love bitter teas) and not very smooth. I do enjoy this tea enough that I have bought three boxes now, which says a lot due to my serial new-taste-trying addiction. When I brew this tea, I leave the bag in the cup the whole time while I drink it. Teas that I can do this with are my favorite. I recommend this tea if you like coffee and chocolate packed together into a strong cup.

Preparation
8 min or more

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83

Although China seems to be primarily known for its green teas, I think it also produces some of the best black teas in the world. I’ve enjoyed English Breakfast and Irish Breakfast teas very much in the morning. I was curious to learn how Chinese Breakfast tea stacks up against them.

I brewed this blend for five minutes at 212 degrees, the end of the range specified on the package. This produced a tea with a maple syrup color. The aroma was similar to that of European breakfast teas.

The flavor was quite strong and malty. The aftertaste was just a tad on the sweet side. Perhaps that was the influence of the cacao ingredient, although there was no discernible chocolate flavor.

World Market recommends that you use one to two teaspoons of tea leaves per cup. To compromise, I loaded six teaspoons for four cups. This made the flavor slightly astringent. I will use my normal one teaspoon per cup next time.

This is a nice tasting breakfast tea. It’s the type of tea that I enjoy most in the morning to turbo charge my slumbering senses.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

I think it also produces some of the best black teas in the world
I totally agree! All my favourite blacks are Chinese.

ashmanra

Same here! I drink almost exclusively Chinese tea when it comes to black and green. Oolongs may be Chinese or Taiwanese, of course! A favorite tea from Teavivre was their Yun Nan Dian Hong. Wonder if this is the same tea?

Stoo

The Chinese teas are great stuff! I just sent off for an order of several Teavivre black teas. I also like Rishi’s Earl Grey, another fine Chinese tea! Thanks for checking in, Angrboda and ashmanra!

Stoo

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70
drank Ancient Pu-Erh by World Market
160 tasting notes

This is only the second Pu-Erh product that I have tried, so my realm of experience is very limited. I think it would be unfair to make comparisons until I expand the field some more. I’ll instead judge this one on its own merit.

Since I prefer strong robust teas in the morning, I brewed this tea for the full five minutes at 212 degrees. The aroma reminded me of newly tanned leather. Images of mahogany wood also came to mind. The color was a rich dark brown, like black coffee.

The flavor was not as strong as I would have liked. It had a medium-power malty, earthy, and leathery taste. No bitterness appeared, even after the maximum steeping time.

I said I wasn’t going to compare the two Pu-Erh teas that I’ve tried, but I can’t deny that I found the previous brand (Teavivre) to have a much fuller and more complex flavor. The World Market offering, though, is not bad and is reasonably priced. I will drink the 50 cups that I paid for but will continue my search for better entries in this arena.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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68

The aroma of the un-brewed tea leaves is sweet, and inviting, but the liquor is very light. It’s not the best Bai Mu Dan I’ve tried. However, I did notice the great floral notes that were in this tea more than others.

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

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100

Minty and lively, nurturing and healthy green tea!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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67

Mother Gaia in Tea form! A wonderful starters tea for anyone interested in exploring the world of Pu-Erh. The taste of of the soil is grown in , the malty and rich taste you get with each sip, its like feeling your the tea itself absorbing the nutrients it absorbs and nourished by it! A definite standby for me!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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66

Ahhh, World Market’s Ancient Pu-erh Tea. I met this tea quite a few months back. This, friends, was the first Pu-erh tea I ever tried, and it was also my first ever loose leaf tea. I remember that first cup – I spent the whole time drinking it with an odd expression on my face, puzzling, grasping for the right words and the right description. It was so different; I couldn’t place what the tea reminded me of. And then when I did realize what it smelled like, I was shocked: was I drinking something that – gasp – smelled like hay?

As far as taste goes, it’s actually a very smooth and rich tea. I detect a slight smokiness, and like others have mentioned, a little bit of a leathery, even nutty, taste. Personally, I almost NEVER add anything to my teas, but I have heard that this tea tastes good with milk or honey. Also, this Pu-erh tea is supposed to aid in digestion, so it’s suggested as an after-meals tea.

The bag (which cost me about $8) yields 50-55 cups, and you can get several cups out of each infusion (just add a few minutes steeping time for each additional cup). Boiling water is recommended (brings out the fullest flavor), and recommended infusing time is 4-5 minutes (although I have done if for closer to 3 minutes, and that was fine too).

Folks, this isn’t your ordinary tea. I like to think that if it were a person, it would be one of those television survival men, like Bear Grylls or Les Stroud. This tea embodies “nature”, and it’s nothing if not “outdoorsy”. I could throw out more adjectives, like “earthy” and “woodsy”, but I think you get my point.

This isn’t a city-boy tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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