Pu-Erh Tea

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Pu-erh Tea
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  • “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...” Read full tasting note
    indigobloom 1314 tasting notes
  • “Definitely the perfect Chinese tea that needs minmal tweaking. Good for the afternoon when you want to drink something mild. Did you know that studies have shown that Pu erh has been linked to the...” Read full tasting note
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    jennlevine 12 tasting notes
  • “I'm going into dead week of the winter quarter which means that when I woke up this morning I was too lazy to do anything besides putting a pu-erh tea bag into a mug with hot water. I brewed it...” Read full tasting note
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    jlchu 248 tasting notes
  • “For the most part even people who hate teabags have to admit that they are a necessary evil at times when on the go when bad tea is better than no tea. With that being said while the Ten Ren puerh...” Read full tasting note
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    JohnGrebe 224 tasting notes

From Ten Ren

Pu-Erh Tea is a post-fermented tea. It is a famous and popular beverage in Southeastern China. Some scientific studies have suggested the possibility that Pu-Erh tea reduces cholesterol and blood fats. When brewed, Pu-Erh tea has a dark reddish color with a strong, full and earthy taste. Water at boiling point should be used for steeping.

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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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12 tasting notes

Definitely the perfect Chinese tea that needs minmal tweaking. Good for the afternoon when you want to drink something mild. Did you know that studies have shown that Pu erh has been linked to the suppression of fatty acid and cholesterol in the body? Pretty cool.

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I’m going into dead week of the winter quarter which means that when I woke up this morning I was too lazy to do anything besides putting a pu-erh tea bag into a mug with hot water. I brewed it extra strong in order to wake me up.

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For the most part even people who hate teabags have to admit that they are a necessary evil at times when on the go when bad tea is better than no tea. With that being said while the Ten Ren puerh teabags are by no means the best ripe puerh tea around, it is made of a surprisingly high quality and much better than any other puerh teabag and even some cheap bricks and cakes that I’ve had. The taste is mellow and not earthy although it is a bit on the weak side so I always brew it with double teabags and for a really long time in my efforts to get it stronger. Would likely make a good safe first puerh for somebody that wants to try it as if you do not like this one it is very unlikely that you will like the higher quality ones either.

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