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Guess what?!? I think I’ve made a convert! well, sortof.
My friend, who is a die hard roasty toasty, burn your mouth, double shot Americano coffee drinker… who considers “TEA” to be nasty stuff meant for sissies, enjoyed this tea!
I had a hunch he would, because well, this one was just so strong that I am sure my teeth were stained atleast two shades darker by the one cup I had.
Anyhow, he gave me his rating… and as a cup of tea, he said he’d give it an 8/10. However, on a general beverage scale he would give it a 7, with his precious coffee being 10.
Other notes he mentioned were that he expected it to be less fruity, and was pleased by how much it tasted like wine.
Overall, I would say this is huge progress. I’m so thrilled, I can’t even begin to describe my elation! :P
So, now that I know what kind of tea will get my friend excited, does anyone have a recommendation?
I’ve tried Lapsang Souchong and White Tiger (by DTs- he insisted on having it iced, and actually didn’t hate it, I think he rated it a 6) and Coffee Pu-erh, none of which he raved about. Until this one. I suppose that means I need something with some serious punch and depth but Assams are not quite bottomless enough.
I need ideas here!! gotta keep the tea ball rollin here. hehe, I’m such a tea-nerd. yep, that pun was intended ;)

Bonnie

Glad your friend like this tea…I’ve had a HUGE coffee rep…like your friend all my life..and my daughter is laughing at me cuz I’m drinking and writing about tea…like I’m a convert or like I’ve joined AA. Anyway…I still order my coffee from Community Coffee in Louisiana (with chickory) and I have other good stuff coffee. So…I recommend Pu-erh for your friend. Go for the best you can find. If you have some of DAVID’sTEA Coffee Pu-erh that’s fine for a start. I’ve tried a couple others. I steep pretty dark and make a latte. Steamed milk and sweet is a treat!

Indigobloom

thanks for the tips Bonnie!! I’ll see if I can find a nice dark Pu-erh. He’s sampled the Coffee Pu-erh and didn’t enjoy it much which confused me a little! but I am hoping other Pu-erhs will do the trick :)

Bonnie

Even my daughter who does not like my Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu-ruh loves Chocolate Orange (which used to be Oh Christmas Treat) from DavidsTea.

Daniel Scott

Oh man, love Oh Christmas Treat/Chocolate Orange! (Although is it terrible that the first thought I had after “YAY!!” when the addition to the collection/name change was announced was, “How is it going to be named on Steepster now?!” I mean, I see people swiftly solved that one, but I’ll be surprised if we don’t have multiple entries eventually by confused people.)

Anyway. I think I can understand why your friend doesn’t like Coffee Pu-erh. If I want to drink tea, personally, the very last thing I’d want it to taste like is coffee. And if I were utterly crazy enough to go for coffee, I suppose I wouldn’t want it to taste like tea! So maybe your friend does, indeed, need a very bold, robust tea, but not an artificial “replacement” for coffee, if you see what I mean.

Indigobloom

I think he dislikes the fishy aspect of DT Pu-erhs. I may have to hit up Tea Dynasty with him, where I can get him to sample a few.
Daniel Scott: yes that does indeed make sense! thanks, I hadn’t thought of it like that. At least he and I can both agree to dislike that one! :)

Bonnie

My Oh Christmas Treat in my Cupboard automatically changed names to reflect Chocolate Orange also…so Steepster was smart enough to be proactive on this. Must have come up before with other tea’s.

Indigobloom

Cool, good to know they won’t be confusing us. I’m a simple Steepsterite ya know ;P

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Bonnie

Glad your friend like this tea…I’ve had a HUGE coffee rep…like your friend all my life..and my daughter is laughing at me cuz I’m drinking and writing about tea…like I’m a convert or like I’ve joined AA. Anyway…I still order my coffee from Community Coffee in Louisiana (with chickory) and I have other good stuff coffee. So…I recommend Pu-erh for your friend. Go for the best you can find. If you have some of DAVID’sTEA Coffee Pu-erh that’s fine for a start. I’ve tried a couple others. I steep pretty dark and make a latte. Steamed milk and sweet is a treat!

Indigobloom

thanks for the tips Bonnie!! I’ll see if I can find a nice dark Pu-erh. He’s sampled the Coffee Pu-erh and didn’t enjoy it much which confused me a little! but I am hoping other Pu-erhs will do the trick :)

Bonnie

Even my daughter who does not like my Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu-ruh loves Chocolate Orange (which used to be Oh Christmas Treat) from DavidsTea.

Daniel Scott

Oh man, love Oh Christmas Treat/Chocolate Orange! (Although is it terrible that the first thought I had after “YAY!!” when the addition to the collection/name change was announced was, “How is it going to be named on Steepster now?!” I mean, I see people swiftly solved that one, but I’ll be surprised if we don’t have multiple entries eventually by confused people.)

Anyway. I think I can understand why your friend doesn’t like Coffee Pu-erh. If I want to drink tea, personally, the very last thing I’d want it to taste like is coffee. And if I were utterly crazy enough to go for coffee, I suppose I wouldn’t want it to taste like tea! So maybe your friend does, indeed, need a very bold, robust tea, but not an artificial “replacement” for coffee, if you see what I mean.

Indigobloom

I think he dislikes the fishy aspect of DT Pu-erhs. I may have to hit up Tea Dynasty with him, where I can get him to sample a few.
Daniel Scott: yes that does indeed make sense! thanks, I hadn’t thought of it like that. At least he and I can both agree to dislike that one! :)

Bonnie

My Oh Christmas Treat in my Cupboard automatically changed names to reflect Chocolate Orange also…so Steepster was smart enough to be proactive on this. Must have come up before with other tea’s.

Indigobloom

Cool, good to know they won’t be confusing us. I’m a simple Steepsterite ya know ;P

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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