drank Aloha Pu'erh by DAVIDsTEA
775 tasting notes

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.

White teas, roasted/fired green teas, and the not so roasted green oolong varieties are my favourites.

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

Ingredients/flavours I enjoy (in moderation): anise, butter, caramel, cedar, cream, floral, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, 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 combined with stevia sweetener. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t exist.

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