This is my first try of a Pu-erh, so I’ll reserve an opinion till I’ve had a few more tastes of it. But first off, it’s not bad. Time will tell.
“I am officially, certifiably crazy. I tried this about a year ago, and it's been one of the VERY few (only?) teas I couldn't even get past the 1st sip. But I've decided to get back into pu erhs...” Read full tasting note
“Sipdown no. 110 of the year 2014. My inaugural use of the Yixing pot! It may not have been the best choice because I had very little left, not really enough to fill the 140 ml pot to one third or...” Read full tasting note
“2/3/14 3rd and last of a pu-erh flight. 3g/100ml gaiwan/212F Washed. This tea showed well in the gaiwan, and was easily my favorite tea in this tasting. The dry leaf had a pleasant...” Read full tasting note
“I can't pronounce the name of this tea for the life of me, but that hasn't stopped me from enjoying it! Steeped for an extra minute today, and I'm not sure if it unlocked an extra something special...” Read full tasting note
Black tea from the Yunnan region of China. Pu Erh tea, perhaps the most esoteric of Chinese varieties, has a pronounced earthy aroma and taste. It is very popular in China due to its notoriety as a slimming diet tea. Recent studies seem to support this claim, but attribute this property to all teas. The earthy taste is not subtle. Chances are, you’ll either love it or hate it.
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I think Adagio says to steep this for 4-5 minutes. I tried that and hated it. After going to SF Chinatown and learning some traditional Chinese preparation techniques (gong fu, I think), I enjoy this tea very much. It has a nice earthy flavor and an aroma that reminds me of the fresh hay smell in a barn.
I really disliked this tea. It was worth a shot and I went in with an open mind but could not bring myself to enjoy the taste. It was too much like drinking moss or wet tree bark. I tried adding anything to it; cream, sugar, honey, and realized that nothing will ever make me enjoy this tea. However, I would recommend people to try it because they might like it better.
A pronounced prebrewing scent of dirt and a brewed flavor that reminds me of a forest floor. Unless a tea was absolutely undrinkably bad, I would not rate it as bad, but this tea is not for me right now. Though I can see why it might have its supporters. Its interesting, its been a conversation piece and I have a cup now and then for the experience, but neither an everyday tea nor a favorite.