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Backlogging! I had this yesterday morning with breakfast. And… mixed with white chocolate matcha. I used mostly strawberry with just a touch of the white chocolate and it was awesome! Creamy, fruity, and just a touch of chocolate.

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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So…. I’ve completely neglected my matcha collection… and I feel sad about it so that’s what is going to be tonight’s tea of choice.
The aroma of this one is so nice after today.. Sweet, creamy, and caramel-y. Just like fresh warm caramel! Mmmmm…. The flavor is super nice. The caramel kind of hides behind the matcha but that’s ok. It’s still flavorful :]

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So I tried making this in my gaiwan last night and apparently failed miserably. I followed steeping instructions on the website but no matter how I tried steeping it it had a horrible bitter chemical flavor. Does anyone know why? I’m completely puzzled…. :(

TeaVivre

Hello KallieBoo,

Our this raw pu-erh tea cake is made by the tea buds and leaves from Yunnan large-leaf tea trees. The process of making this kind of raw puerh cake is totally manually and without any chemical material.
http://www.teavivre.com/info/puerh-cake-tea-process/

The bitter taste of tea is caused by the component of catechin in tea leaves. The catechin in large-leaf tea trees is usually more than other tea tress. The tea cakes made by the material which contains more tea buds will be bitter than other teas because of the high containing of catechin.

The bitterness often can be divided into several situations.
1. You feel bitterness once the tea liquor into your mouth, but a quick enjoyable aftertaste sweetness will come to your tongue and even throat. This is a good sign for high quality raw pu-erh teas.
2. You feel bitterness from the beginning of the drink to the end without any aftertaste sweetness or astringency. This kind of tea will be a little poor quality that the fist situation.
3. The bad one is for the feeling of bitterness with astringency

For the bitter chemical flavor you mentioned, I think it may because you are not accustomed to the natural bitterness of the raw pu-erh tea which then you mistaken as chemical flavor. If this kind of bitterness is not quite acceptable by you at the beginning. I suggest you shorten the brewing time, at the first few infusions you can quickly pour out the tea liquor in a few seconds after you pour the boiling water to the tea. In this quick brewing way the bitterness may be a little decreased.

The bitterness of raw pu-erh tea may be not quite acceptable for the raw pu-erh beginners. However, many pu-erh tea lovers love this kind of bitterness and sweet aftertaste after some time of adjustment period.
After more than 7 years of natural oxidation, the sweetness aftertaste of this pu-erh tea is quite obvious. I believe you will also love this kind of pu-erh tea once you are used to it.

Here are also some other tea lovers reviews for this teas:
http://steepster.com/teas/teavivre/23804-fengqing-raw-pu-erh-cake-tea-2006-paddy-flavor
http://half-dipper.blogspot.com/2012/03/2006-fengqing-daohuaxiang.html

KallieBoo!

Thank you for helping me Angel!! I’ll have to try it again.

TeaVivre

You are welcome, please contact us if you have any questions about tea:D

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97

Woo! Finally finished this one off. I brewed it strong and poured it over ice. It makes an awesome iced tea.

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97

Welp…. I’m so close to finishing this tea off. I have about one more pot of it left. Nice flavor and pretty enjoyable.

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96

Gaahhh guys this is so good. I’ve been hoarding this tea and decided I finally earned a pot of it today. So sweet and candy like. Flavors are spot on!

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91

MMmmmmm having a big pot of this trying to stay awake…. D:

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Backlog:
Ok so when I went on my trip I packed like 10 different teas to take. I guess I forgot to take my bag with the tea in the house because I found it in my car on my break. I dug through it and found this one. Oh my goodness. It made me so happy. Yesterday and today have just been stressful at work so to have good tea available to me is quite nice. I enjoyed these quite a bit. So malty, chocolatey, and full of happiness. :]

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I’m not completely sure who sent this to me but thank you! I decided to get back to working on some of my samples from swaps. They’ve been sitting around for a while.
This one is beautiful. It’s very soft and delicate. The first thing I can taste is the rose which turns into lavender and ends in a minty sweetness. I can tell that there is jasmine in this blend but it kind of blends in between the lavender and rose. The white tea is behind the floral flavors but I think it lends a soft peachy-like sweetness to it. Very soothing.

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drank The Boy by Custom-Adagio Teas
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Made a pot of this tonight and enjoyed it quite a bit. Smooth vanilla mingles with sweet and tart berries. Tried it iced and didn’t like it as much as I did hot.

KallieBoo!

It’s actually quite tasty for a custom blend :]

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My journey with tea started about a year and a half ago. Since then I’ve learned a lot and that my favorites include oolongs, pu-erhs, and silver needle. I love a good dessert tea but I have found recently that I’m craving pure teas more and more! I look forward to learning a lot more from my fellow Steepsters :]

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