drank Caramel Pu Erh by Tea Desire
1938 tasting notes

Backlog: Part of what puts me off about pu’erh is the smell. This is simply pure, unadulterated, ooey-gooey caramel goodness. I can definitely see why you like this one so much MissB so thank you so much for sharing it with me :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Fjellrev

Wow, seriously? I stayed away from that because yeah, I don’t really care for the taste or smell of pu-erh. Was the base really strong and/or ultra earthy?

VariaTEA

I think you can definitely tell it is a pu’erh (as in there is a hint of the earthiness in the base and smell) and for that reason alone I won’t be getting this again. However, it is the most mild pu’erh (with the exception of Teavana’s Weight To Go which has virtually no leaf) I have ever had. The most prominent flavor by far is the caramel.

Roswell Strange

I’ve never had a pu’erh (I find them a little intimidating, to be honest) but this one sounds really good and I’ve smelled it before in store, and it just smells like delicious caramel. Do you think it’d be a good starting point? Remember – it’s not hard for me to obtain (ten minute walk) and I could get it as a tea to go prior to purchasing any.

VariaTEA

Well my first “pu’erh” was Weight To Go but there was virtually no pu’erh in that that I don’t think it counts. I think the only reason why that was a good start is because it rid me of my fear despite being completely non-representative. If you want something that does have the earthiness of pu’erh but is not overwhelming, this is definitely your best bet. I would say it is like 90% delicious caramel and 10% earthy pu’erh

Roswell Strange

I also have a sample of Dreamsicle Pu’Erh right now, which smells amazing, but same idea where I’m not sure if that’s a good starting point. I’m not scared of the earthiness of it (I like earthy teas), but of the potential fishiness.

MissB

The Dreamsicle is, in my opinion, something to move towards. It’s light on the flavoring, although the pu-erh taste is low as well. I found it… weak. I should also note that I love pu-erh however.

This tea? I think the earthiness is exactly as VariaTEA has described it, and it only accents the caramel-y ness of it. If you have easy access to it, I’d definitely try a cup. Zero rinsing needed either, although if you’re really worried, give them a quick rinse before steeping.

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Fjellrev

Wow, seriously? I stayed away from that because yeah, I don’t really care for the taste or smell of pu-erh. Was the base really strong and/or ultra earthy?

VariaTEA

I think you can definitely tell it is a pu’erh (as in there is a hint of the earthiness in the base and smell) and for that reason alone I won’t be getting this again. However, it is the most mild pu’erh (with the exception of Teavana’s Weight To Go which has virtually no leaf) I have ever had. The most prominent flavor by far is the caramel.

Roswell Strange

I’ve never had a pu’erh (I find them a little intimidating, to be honest) but this one sounds really good and I’ve smelled it before in store, and it just smells like delicious caramel. Do you think it’d be a good starting point? Remember – it’s not hard for me to obtain (ten minute walk) and I could get it as a tea to go prior to purchasing any.

VariaTEA

Well my first “pu’erh” was Weight To Go but there was virtually no pu’erh in that that I don’t think it counts. I think the only reason why that was a good start is because it rid me of my fear despite being completely non-representative. If you want something that does have the earthiness of pu’erh but is not overwhelming, this is definitely your best bet. I would say it is like 90% delicious caramel and 10% earthy pu’erh

Roswell Strange

I also have a sample of Dreamsicle Pu’Erh right now, which smells amazing, but same idea where I’m not sure if that’s a good starting point. I’m not scared of the earthiness of it (I like earthy teas), but of the potential fishiness.

MissB

The Dreamsicle is, in my opinion, something to move towards. It’s light on the flavoring, although the pu-erh taste is low as well. I found it… weak. I should also note that I love pu-erh however.

This tea? I think the earthiness is exactly as VariaTEA has described it, and it only accents the caramel-y ness of it. If you have easy access to it, I’d definitely try a cup. Zero rinsing needed either, although if you’re really worried, give them a quick rinse before steeping.

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After being overweight all my life I finally decided to commit to the long journey of weight loss. When life got too monotonous with all the diet food I decided to try teas in hopes of finding new flavors. I never realized the addiction I would face and now I am in love with all things tea!

However, I am still new to the tea scene and although I have bought many David’s Teas and Teavana Teas I know there is just so much out there to try and I am excited for each and every new experience. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

Well after over a month on steepster, I have learned many new things about tea and my own personal tastes. For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well. Oh and I LOVE Red Leaf Tea’s flavored matcha.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings (a loose guide):
1-15 – This cup is going down the drain
16-30 – I will finish the cup but I am not making another
31-50 – I don’t think I like this but I will try another cup just to be sure
51-60 – I am really on the fence about this tea
61-70 – I like this enough to finish what I have but I won’t be buying it again
71-80 – I like this and will buy it every now and then
81-90 – I really like this and will replace it as soon as I can
91-100 – I LOVE this and will buy more before I run out of what I have so that this is never missing from my cupboard

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