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drank Blood Orange Pu-erh by Samovar
148 tasting notes

Who’s awesome? RAYN IS AWESOME!!!

Today Rayn gets home from work and says, “some strange boxes came for you at my work today”.
I respond with “that is odd, I’m not expecting anything right now”.
He opens up his wheelie suitcase and starts piling small boxes on the floor while saying “yeah, all this tea came for you for some reason”.
I stand there slack-jawed for a minute before I realize that they are Samovar boxes. And then it dawns on me that Rayn has brought home the Samovar celebration kit, and I didn’t ask for it. He just decided to randomly surprise me with about 2 pounds of tea from a local retailer that I love (insert excited exclamation points here). Do I have the best partner or what?

Another random tea moment happened on Saturday that made me realize how lucky I am. We were at his company’s holiday party, and around dessert time Rayn decided to get another drink, and asked me if I would like anything. I said a cup of tea would be nice. He asked “what kind?” I said black tea. He asked again, “what kind?” At this point I realized he’s learned enough about tea to know that “tea” is not specific enough, and neither is “black tea”. And while he does drink tea a few times a week, it’s always because I made him some.

Now onto this tea! I love blood oranges, and I’m learning to love puerh. I like the combination of both! I am smelling a vaguely fishy scent, but I can’t tell right now if that’s the tea or because I made prawn stir fry for dinner. I have to try this another night (a fair, non prawn dinner night) and see if I still smell it.
I LOVE the blood orange flavor in this. It’s not even remotely artificial, and really specifically blood orange and not regular orange. It’s slightly creamy and spicy, and the ginger and grapefruit in this really pops. I can’t taste much of the puerh when it’s hot, but as it cools I get a bit of damp earthyness.

Oh yeah, and here’s Rayn’s review: frowny face…“not my thing”. Guess you can’t please everyone. ;)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Cavocorax

Well at least he tries it! My bf isn’t interested in tea at all, although he’s indulgent about my newest hobby!

Miss Starfish

Awww, that’s too cute!

Hesper June

What a sweetie!

Angrboda

How awesome!

Also, I’ve long held the belief that puerh and orange are just two flavours that go extremely well together. My Perfect Orange Tea is the orange flavoured pu-erh from Nothing But Tea. :)

canadianadia

Aww… What a thoughtful guy

Becky

That’s a lot of tea! I should come over and help you drink it.

Claire

Becky, yes you should!

Becky

I started thinking about maybe taking a road trip to SF during winter break, but we can’t afford it because of lolmas. Maybe after spring term or before fall term, though!

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Cavocorax

Well at least he tries it! My bf isn’t interested in tea at all, although he’s indulgent about my newest hobby!

Miss Starfish

Awww, that’s too cute!

Hesper June

What a sweetie!

Angrboda

How awesome!

Also, I’ve long held the belief that puerh and orange are just two flavours that go extremely well together. My Perfect Orange Tea is the orange flavoured pu-erh from Nothing But Tea. :)

canadianadia

Aww… What a thoughtful guy

Becky

That’s a lot of tea! I should come over and help you drink it.

Claire

Becky, yes you should!

Becky

I started thinking about maybe taking a road trip to SF during winter break, but we can’t afford it because of lolmas. Maybe after spring term or before fall term, though!

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I mostly drink straight tea, and some of my favorites are green teas and oolongs. I almost always have some sencha and tieguanyin in my tea cupboard (and if I run out, awesome, an excuse to buy tea). I do like some flavored teas, but can’t stand really sugary stuff so if it’s very sweet I probably won’t like it. I can’t drink milk so all my reviews are of tea without milk and sugar!
I’ve been getting into puerh the last few months.

Outside of Steepster I’m an English Lit major, and will FINALLY be graduating after the Fall 2013 semester. After that I plan on applying for graduate school to obtain a Master’s in Library Science. Currently I work as a student assistant in the Archives and Special Collections department of my school’s library.
I also like reading (of course) and playing video games when I have time for them.

I’m happy to send samples to anyone in the US or Canada. Just ask. :)

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San Francisco, CA

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