Another one that is to be sent off into the wild world of stamped envelopes and parcels.

Out of all the places that I ordered from I was least excited about getting my package from Della Terra. I should’ve been more enthusiastic; the few of their blends that I have tried so far have been great!

I attempted a pathetic rinse of this in my DT’s perfect mug. I’d like to think it made a difference. (Goof EDIT: this chocolate Puerh shouldn’t be rinsed!)

This is a lovely earthy tea with a finish of pepper that one could imagine coming from either/or the Yunnan and the few spices present. The main aroma and flavour is one of dark chocolate with a dabbing of honey. The spices are subtle but present, like a worldly gent who knows they don’t need to flaunt all their wealth in a gaudy array. It has “the air” of richness.

I added some milk in, because chais always beg for milk in my mind, but it could have honestly held up well without. Somewhat coffee-like.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Bonnie

Did you say you rinsed this one? It doesn’t need rinsing. This has chocolate bits with the spices which rinsing would wash away. I thought this was a decent attempt at a flavored puerh.

CrowKettle

Yes, I did rinse the chocolate like a goof. It was such a poor rinse that I don’t think it infringed on the other ingredients, however! I thought it was a good attempt too. Besides one exception, I have only had flavoured puerhs so far. This definitely ranks highest among them. :)

Bonnie

It’s OK, we all do things like that, or at least I do! I started with flavored puerh…took awhile before I began with unflavored and now that’s my favorite.

CrowKettle

I’m the type of person who reaches for water and ends up with a mouthful of tonic! At least I can have a good laugh every once in a while at my own expense. I really look forward to building up a palate to unflavored puerh in the new year- and learning how to make a good cup too! Thank you for your kind words, Bonnie.

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Bonnie

Did you say you rinsed this one? It doesn’t need rinsing. This has chocolate bits with the spices which rinsing would wash away. I thought this was a decent attempt at a flavored puerh.

CrowKettle

Yes, I did rinse the chocolate like a goof. It was such a poor rinse that I don’t think it infringed on the other ingredients, however! I thought it was a good attempt too. Besides one exception, I have only had flavoured puerhs so far. This definitely ranks highest among them. :)

Bonnie

It’s OK, we all do things like that, or at least I do! I started with flavored puerh…took awhile before I began with unflavored and now that’s my favorite.

CrowKettle

I’m the type of person who reaches for water and ends up with a mouthful of tonic! At least I can have a good laugh every once in a while at my own expense. I really look forward to building up a palate to unflavored puerh in the new year- and learning how to make a good cup too! Thank you for your kind words, Bonnie.

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

White teas, roasted/fired green teas, and the not so roasted green oolong varieties are my favourites. I enjoy the odd shu puerh too.

Currently looking for the most buttery and sweet green oolong I can find.

Ingredients/flavours I enjoy (in moderation): anise, butter, caramel, cedar, cream, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lilac, lime, maple, marshmallow leaves, melon, mint, orchid, pine, rice, rose, vanilla.

Ingredients/flavours I tend to dislike: apple, cocoa nibs, licorice, marine, peach, stevia

Subjective Rating System 2.0:

91-100: My absolute favourite tea. Will impulsively buy and hoard like a dragon.

86-90: A favourite tea. May have quality flaws that I choose to ignore.

76-85: A lovely tea, maybe of high quality or masterful blending, but not one I’m likely to order again.

70-75: Enjoyable, but I may have few minor problems with quality, consistency, ingredient chemistry and/or personal preferences.

50-69: Quality, consistency, blending, or personal preference problems are apparent, but I wouldn’t pass up a cup.

11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea. I don’t give a lot of these ratings out, since I tend to grab teas I know will appeal to me.

1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This is last year’s low-grade bancha mixed with rancid coconut, stale cocoa nibs, over-enthusiastic hibiscus, and stevia sweetener. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t exist.

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