drank Aloha Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
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My roommate said this tasted like the Indonesian medicine she had as a kid.

I thought it was ok if I didn’t breath through my nose. It has the puerh trademark fishiness, although it isn’t as heavy as I’ve experienced elsewhere. In theory I should love this; it has a candied tropical fruit flavour and a creamy, white chocolate body. It doesn’t work for me however, and it’s not because I dislike puerh (it’s great every once in a while). This comes off tasting a little medicinal, a little artificial, and very off.

Eh, it does succeed in reminding me of Hawaii- fruit, cream, Kona coffee, fish, and all, but I don’t know if this is the right combination of it. Maybe this would be better on its second steep but I don’t really want to find out.

Edit: I like this a bit more cooled down. It’s creamy on its own but it might be ok with milk or as an iced smoothie/latte.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Cavocorax

Sure, fish might remind me of Hawaii, but… that doesn’t mean I want to drink it. :P I just don’t know about pu’erh. Besides Cinnamon Heart and the Skinny I haven’t had a lot of luck.

CrowKettle

Yeah, tropical fruit, fish, and chocolate are foods that should never see the light of day together ever again. What twisted madman thought of that flavour combo, anyways? :/ I’ve yet to try Cinnamon Heart but my track record with David’s pu’erh is not great either. I don’t know if it’s the flavoring choices, the kind of pu’erh they use, or both of those things.

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Cavocorax

Sure, fish might remind me of Hawaii, but… that doesn’t mean I want to drink it. :P I just don’t know about pu’erh. Besides Cinnamon Heart and the Skinny I haven’t had a lot of luck.

CrowKettle

Yeah, tropical fruit, fish, and chocolate are foods that should never see the light of day together ever again. What twisted madman thought of that flavour combo, anyways? :/ I’ve yet to try Cinnamon Heart but my track record with David’s pu’erh is not great either. I don’t know if it’s the flavoring choices, the kind of pu’erh they use, or both of those things.

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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.

Favourite Flavours/Ingredients:

-Vanilla, Maple, Caramel, Cream, Toffee, Nougat, Marzipan
-All Citrus: Lime, Grapefruit, Lemon, Bergamot, Orange, Yuzu
-Anise, but not licorice
-Ginger or Clove-forward chai
-Rosemary
-Grass/Marine/Vegetal/Nutty Green teas
-Florals: Rose, Lavender, Jasmine…
-Musky and/or Woody Incense-like stuff: Sandalwood, Frankincense, Eucalyptus
-Berries: Blackberry, Raspberry, Currants, Blueberry, Elderberry
-Bananas, and most fruits actually.

Less Preferred Flavours/Ingredients:

-Stevia and most sweetners
-Cinnamon-forward chai/blends
-Apple & Cranberries
-Mango pieces (love mango outside of tea though)
-Coconut pieces (as a sub/filler ingredient)
-Metallic or overly artificial teas
-Cocoa Nibs, 95% of the time.

Subjective Rating System 3.0:

90-100: My absolute favourite tea. I’ll impulsively buy in large quantities and hoard like a dragon.

85-89: A favourite tea. I’ll try to keep this one around when it’s practical.

76-84: A good tea, but not one I’m likely to order again.

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

50-69: Average to mediocre cup.

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

1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This tea is the embodiment of the primordial swamp, the unholy abomination that is a chimera. It’s very gross and I’m almost positive it doesn’t exist.

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BC, Canada

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