This is the least pu’er-tasting pu’er blend that I’ve tried (granted I haven’t had very many). I suppose I should start at the beginning! Trying to get all of the elements of this tea into my infuser was a bit of a challenge. The dried chrysanthemum kept tumbling in, followed by some stick like things and juniper berries, leaving behind the poor crumbly pu’er. Finally I just poured the contents of the sample packet into a bowl and picked each individual ingredient with a spoon. Not the easiest tea to brew, but I didn’t really mind. There is kind of an earthy scent to the dry tea, that blooms more as it brews. The chrysanthemum floral and juniper berries really are the star here, both in the scent of the brewed tea and in the taste. I can smell a hint of the earthy pu’er from the cup, and I definitely taste the undertones, but it’s not overpowering at all. In fact, I think the tea is quite balanced between all the elements. Second steeping was just as good as the first, and as I continued to re-steep it the chrysanthemum flavor was the first to dissipate but everything else remained for several steepings.

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I grew up drinking masala chai and fell into the tea world a couple years ago. Black teas are probably my favorite, with Darjeeling and Earl Grey on the top of the list. Recently green teas and oolongs have been growing on me, and anything with mint or a citrus flavor is good in my book.


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