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This is my first time trying a pu-erh. I know the experience of a DavidsTea pu-erh will be greatly different from that of a high quality pu-erh, but I had to get my foot in the door just a little bit.

Yup! There’s that fishy smell everyone was talking about! I decided to try to not let it get to me, since I read the smell isn’t really in the flavour of the tea. I’d have to say I disagree. Although it’s a lot less strong, there is fishy flavour to this tea, but it’s balanced out by the smoky/earthyness of the rest of the flavours.

I really like the smoky/earthyness but the fishy flavour kind of gets to me. I don’t know if I’ll ever restock this tea but I’ll still drink it, and maybe blend it with some of my favourite teas to see how that is. I’ve also read it gets better after more steeps so I will try that out in the future as well.

Update: I didn’t keep this, I ended up returning it. As I finished the pot I just couldn’t get over the fish taste. Being a vegetarian too it was really weird drinking something that tasted like fish. I know there’s not actually fish/fish oil in it but still…

Maybe I just got a bad batch because other people didn’t pick up on fish flavour as much as I did, but still, I’m gonna change my rating and hope that I can find a yummy not-fishy pu-erh from somewhere in the future.

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Kittenna

I think rinsing may get rid of that flavour. Haven’t tried it myself on a DT puerh though.

ScottTeaMan

Noordelijk- It took me a while to realize what people meant by the fishy quality of some Pu-erhs. So far I have not found it offensive or undrinkable. I am recenly drinking more Pu-erhs, but still just beginning to branch out with them. If you want a cooked Pu-erh with no offensive “fishy” taste, I would recommend this one-which I recenly reviewed. I think you’ll like it! I would send you some, but I received a sample in a tea swap, and it’s gone ://

Here’s my review:

http://steepster.com/teas/bana-tea-company/23925-denong-wild-2010

CupofTree

Ew, fishy smell and taste in tea? No way. Its awesome they let you return it.

noordelijk

Thanks @ScottTeaMan I’ll look out for that one!

@CupofTree Yeah DavidsTea lets you return things! It was bought from the store though. I don’t know if they do online returns.

CupofTree

yeah I figured. Lucky lucky you for having one near you! I only have teavana and they don’t let you do anything of the kind. :(

Mélissa

Noordelijk, I would recommend you try a Camelia Sinensis pu-erh such as the ‘1998’. The great thing about it is that it’s more earthy than fishy, yet incredibly comforting. Have fun discovering Pu-erhs! You can really taste the ‘time’ in those :)

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Kittenna

I think rinsing may get rid of that flavour. Haven’t tried it myself on a DT puerh though.

ScottTeaMan

Noordelijk- It took me a while to realize what people meant by the fishy quality of some Pu-erhs. So far I have not found it offensive or undrinkable. I am recenly drinking more Pu-erhs, but still just beginning to branch out with them. If you want a cooked Pu-erh with no offensive “fishy” taste, I would recommend this one-which I recenly reviewed. I think you’ll like it! I would send you some, but I received a sample in a tea swap, and it’s gone ://

Here’s my review:

http://steepster.com/teas/bana-tea-company/23925-denong-wild-2010

CupofTree

Ew, fishy smell and taste in tea? No way. Its awesome they let you return it.

noordelijk

Thanks @ScottTeaMan I’ll look out for that one!

@CupofTree Yeah DavidsTea lets you return things! It was bought from the store though. I don’t know if they do online returns.

CupofTree

yeah I figured. Lucky lucky you for having one near you! I only have teavana and they don’t let you do anything of the kind. :(

Mélissa

Noordelijk, I would recommend you try a Camelia Sinensis pu-erh such as the ‘1998’. The great thing about it is that it’s more earthy than fishy, yet incredibly comforting. Have fun discovering Pu-erhs! You can really taste the ‘time’ in those :)

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