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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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79

Almost done with my pouch of this. It’s still just on the edge of overwhelmingly minty and the green tea base is still a little hidden, but I don’t even care. It tastes so light and clean, and is so soothing. I’ll be disappointed when it’s gone.

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79

I love this tea. Quite a bit. Unsurprising, given my love of peppermint, but I just thought I’d get that out there.

That said, the green tea is a bit underwhelming (or maybe the mint is just overwhelming). I think this might be even yummier with a better tea to mint ratio or a better tea to begin with. It is refreshing, though, and it would probably be delicious iced.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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77
drank Keemun by World Market
82 tasting notes

I like this one. Like the other World Market teas I’ve tried, it’s pretty much as advertised: silky and smooth and slightly plummy, although I don’t really find any pine. There are some other flavors here I can’t quite put my finger on, but it’s one of those teas that linger at the back of your mouth in a pleasant way.

It also seems forgiving of oversteeping; I accidentally let one pot go for eight or nine minutes — oops — and it was still drinkable.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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34

I had a $10 coupon to World Market for my birthday and intended on buying more tea tins but then I panicked and couldn’t remember how many I still had room for so I decided to err on the side of caution and get some tea instead. Should have gotten the tins instead.

Not much flavor here, both before and after the addition of sweetener. Maybe I’ll try two bags next time (I did brew it in a mug rather than 6 oz tea cup).

I got this to keep at work in case I wanted something with caffiene or forgot my normal tea (or, like this morning, was running a bit late) so it’ll do for that but I’m not running out to buy more which is sad because it smelled pretty good!

Preparation
8 min or more

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85

I got this from a friend a while back, but I’ve been so busy trying other teas that I’ve been putting this one off (mostly because I was pretty sure I would love it).

I brewed it for the first time Sunday, and I think I’ve had four or five cups since? It’s really good, especially with a little bit of honey stirred in. It tastes pretty much exactly as described, malty with very subtle chocolatey hints. And it definitely wakes you up!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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81

This has been my favorite sencha so far but I haven’t tried many. Light fruity and vegetal.

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65

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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80

World Market used to have some nice teas in wonderful square tins. This was one of them: http://is.gd/fXeyr

Now, every time my humans come home from WM, they whine about the lack of loose leaf teas and the preponderance of flavored tea dust in bags. Happily, they don’t bring such things home and expect this little teapot to steep ’em.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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86

Smooth, dry, and malty.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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82

1 teaspoon (~2g) brewed with boiling water for about a minute provides a cup that is best described as “smooth”. The taste is not too strong, but noticeable. Brewing for up to five minutes increases strength of taste linearly but does not bring about bitterness.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 15 sec

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74

Meghann sent this to me and I want to THANK HER VERY MUCH!!!!!

This is the first time I have ever tried anything from World Market! Plain and Simple it’s bagged Jasmine Pearls! It’s a fine cuppa! A bit on the lighter side of things but still nice, relaxing and more of a sweet-floral than overly floral Jasmine. It doesn’t leave a bad aftertaste like some Jasmine’s do.

This is nice but not overly memorable! I enjoyed it tho!

Peggie Bennett

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by some of the teas available at World Market!

TeaEqualsBliss

I would LOVE to try more!!! Wish I had easier access to them!

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79

Very smooth; overall earthy aroma and taste.
Flavor Notes:
•Leather
•Cedar (woodsy)
•Subtle hint of mushroom.

Aroma:
•Leather

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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51

Grassy similar to bamboo; overall very vegetal aroma and taste.

Flavor Notes:
•Vegetal
•Artichoke
•Grassy
•Bamboo
•Very subtle hint of a honey finish (sweetness).

Aroma:
•Artichoke
•Grass
•Very subtle hint of honey or honeysuckle light in the background.

(Note: I’m more of a Puerh and Oolong tea drinker. Someone that enjoys a Chinese Green Tea, might favor this tea more.)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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77

Light and crisp; overall floral and subtly sweet grassy aroma and taste.

Flavor Notes:
•Lightly Floral
•Light bamboo hints
•Grassy in the middle
•Slightly sweet honey finish
•Very clean bamboo finish with a slight sweetness that lingers (for several minutes) in your mouth after you’ve finished your cup.

Aroma:
•Nutty
•Grass
•Floral
•Subtle hint of honey.

This Oolong tea is pleasantly light in flavor, it’s smooth and refreshing. None of the flavor notes stand-out too much.

All of the flavors I mentioned are subtle and gently overlap each other from the second you take your first sip until your last, creating a nice ‘middle of the road’ Oolong tea.

The floral notes are more up front in the first steeping, and by the third steeping the grassier, bamboo flavors are more apparent.

The best part about this tea is the clean (almost sweet) lingering flavor that stays on your palate long after you’ve swallowed your last sip.

Other notes:
Light amber color liquor. Nutty and slightly vegetal aroma on first steeping that gently fades to a more floral one.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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76

My first white tea. I really enjoy the light taste…no bitterness at all. I got 3 full steeps at 4, 5, and 6 minutes

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Ancient Pu-Erh by World Market
64 tasting notes

Very smooth and soothing shu. It’s like my chicken soup :)

Preparation
Boiling

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78

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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78

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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C

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