drank Pu-Erh Tea by Ten Ren
1292 tasting notes

I’ve been craving Pu’erh lately but always feel that it deserves more attention than I can reasonably give it at work, which is where I drink most of my tea. and the only pu’erhs I have are tuochas, so I figured a bagged tea would solve my problem. It’s quick, and I’ll feel less guilty about just grabbing it when on the go!
So when I walked by the Ten Rens shop yesterday, I was compelled to ask the “tea lady” if they had any. On busy days, they have a lady dedicated to selling tea, separate from the bubble tea line-up. Well!! she invited us (me and my friend) to sit down for a tasting. She obviously thought I was a newb and went on the whole shpiel about what pu’erh is and it’s benefits etc. But then I started asking questions. Was this a shou, or a sheng? (this was prior to my tasting the tea, or seeing the cakes) She had no idea what I was asking… so perhaps it has another name that I’m not aware of?
She blinked in confusion. I’m a white girl! how do I know about tea!? so she asked me. and I told her, my best friend growing up, she is Japanese. That explained it. She needed no further details lol
Oh and the lady was so pleased to see a “non-asian” girl knowing about tea(she’d gone over to a co-worker, gesticulating happily towards us) that she gave me two free tuochas! score!! I think I’ll save them for a rainy day, let them age a bit.
Anyhow, the tea! it was super tasty! earthy and rich. and smooth. A little sweet on its own. Bready, in a way I don’t often see with Pu’erhs. With each steeping, it got a little richer and deeper. We went through atleast three.
Now, we didn’t stay long and and the place was hopping so paying attention to the subtle notes was difficult. The bagged version will surely be a bit muted, but if I notice any other points of interest, you can be sure I’ll update this.
For the price, 31c per bag… I’d say it’s a deal. Most likely anyhow, since I haven’t been back to work yet so that I can try it out in it’s intended setting.
ALSO, my friend that was with me, she likes tea but will drink anything, esp EG. So when she told me afterwards that it tasted like “earth”, but in a good way, and she didn’t know what to make of it… I was grinning from ear to ear. Folks, I might be breeding a convert here. muahahahaaaa
Raitng: 88 looseleaf, bagged tbd!

On another note… do you ever feel that tea is a secret? I mean, it’s SO good, and so many people seem to have no idea how amazing it can be. They go about their lives drinking bagged crud and have NO IDEA what they are missing out on. I feel so privileged to have been let into the club. I’m not sure what’s gotten into me now, but I am grateful to have tea.

TheTeaFairy

Hahaha! People are not always what they seem to be… the tea lady will have to think twice on her approach with the next white girl client… you never know, she might be another « Indigobloom from the tea-hood! »

Helena

shhh! don’t let the secret out otherwise we’ll have to share! ;)

Indigobloom

ahh! I wish I could like comments here :P
Hopefully she’ll remember me if I ever swing by again!!

Indigobloom

good point Helena!! yes, must keep this on the dl ;)

TheTeaFairy

Just saw what you’ve added at the end of your review, so true! How come tea drinking is not part of EVERYBODY’s life? Imagine dying and finding out what you’ve been missing, as if you were not «The Chosen One»… I feel like Neo from the Matrix when I’m on Steepser, I’m part of THE CHOSEN ONES and I am also grateful for it :-)

Indigobloom

LOL TeaFairy: you said it!! we are CHOSEN! I would have felt so cheated if tea hadn’t been part of my daily ritual. How sad that would have made me. and Matirx references make it that much more awesome haha. Been awhile since I saw that movie! I think a nice crisp white would go well with that

ashmanra

LOL! Look at you, proselytizing tea people! You go, girl!

Indigobloom

Thx. I try, one steep at a time!

Bonnie

Tea evangelista!

Indigobloom

haha I learn from you Bonnie ;)

SimpliciTEA

Great story. You never cease to make me laugh!

Indigobloom

aww thank you SimpliciTea!! what a sweet compliment

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TheTeaFairy

Hahaha! People are not always what they seem to be… the tea lady will have to think twice on her approach with the next white girl client… you never know, she might be another « Indigobloom from the tea-hood! »

Helena

shhh! don’t let the secret out otherwise we’ll have to share! ;)

Indigobloom

ahh! I wish I could like comments here :P
Hopefully she’ll remember me if I ever swing by again!!

Indigobloom

good point Helena!! yes, must keep this on the dl ;)

TheTeaFairy

Just saw what you’ve added at the end of your review, so true! How come tea drinking is not part of EVERYBODY’s life? Imagine dying and finding out what you’ve been missing, as if you were not «The Chosen One»… I feel like Neo from the Matrix when I’m on Steepser, I’m part of THE CHOSEN ONES and I am also grateful for it :-)

Indigobloom

LOL TeaFairy: you said it!! we are CHOSEN! I would have felt so cheated if tea hadn’t been part of my daily ritual. How sad that would have made me. and Matirx references make it that much more awesome haha. Been awhile since I saw that movie! I think a nice crisp white would go well with that

ashmanra

LOL! Look at you, proselytizing tea people! You go, girl!

Indigobloom

Thx. I try, one steep at a time!

Bonnie

Tea evangelista!

Indigobloom

haha I learn from you Bonnie ;)

SimpliciTEA

Great story. You never cease to make me laugh!

Indigobloom

aww thank you SimpliciTea!! what a sweet compliment

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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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