Ancient Pu-Erh

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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Earthy, rich and smooth. This classic tea is perfect after a meal as it is believed to aid digestion and promote a calm clarity.

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This is my first Pu-Erh, but I think it is a good start to the journey. I really enjoy the second steep of this one—there is a golden, grassy note that doesn’t come out with the first brew. There’s almost a “thick” nature to this tea…I’d say it tastes almost broth-like, but maybe it’s the earthy, loamy nature that I’m really detecting. I like to drink this one if I’m not feeling the best. Maybe it’s the power of suggestion that I’m getting from the packaging, but it really does seem to help my stomach if it’s off.

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Ahhh, World Market’s Ancient Pu-erh Tea. I met this tea quite a few months back. This, friends, was the first Pu-erh tea I ever tried, and it was also my first ever loose leaf tea. I remember that first cup – I spent the whole time drinking it with an odd expression on my face, puzzling, grasping for the right words and the right description. It was so different; I couldn’t place what the tea reminded me of. And then when I did realize what it smelled like, I was shocked: was I drinking something that – gasp – smelled like hay?

As far as taste goes, it’s actually a very smooth and rich tea. I detect a slight smokiness, and like others have mentioned, a little bit of a leathery, even nutty, taste. Personally, I almost NEVER add anything to my teas, but I have heard that this tea tastes good with milk or honey. Also, this Pu-erh tea is supposed to aid in digestion, so it’s suggested as an after-meals tea.

The bag (which cost me about $8) yields 50-55 cups, and you can get several cups out of each infusion (just add a few minutes steeping time for each additional cup). Boiling water is recommended (brings out the fullest flavor), and recommended infusing time is 4-5 minutes (although I have done if for closer to 3 minutes, and that was fine too).

Folks, this isn’t your ordinary tea. I like to think that if it were a person, it would be one of those television survival men, like Bear Grylls or Les Stroud. This tea embodies “nature”, and it’s nothing if not “outdoorsy”. I could throw out more adjectives, like “earthy” and “woodsy”, but I think you get my point.

This isn’t a city-boy tea.

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14 tasting notes

Very nice rich taste. Not bad for World Market, and the fact that I can get this in town and not have to order online.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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6 tasting notes

My first Pu-Erh, picked up on a whim while shopping for other stuff. Steeped for 4 minutes with water at a rolling boil, as per the instructions.

Nothing special. To my (admittedly uneducated) palate, this one just tastes like a really strong cup of Lipton, if you had allowed a goldfish to swim through it. I think this is one I’ll pass down to my tea-loving niece.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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49 tasting notes

I’m a true newbie, and this is my first pu-erh. I bought it at World Market knowing that it probably isn’t the highest quality tea, but I enjoy it. After trying this one, I am inspired to order some of the recommended puerhs.
I’m way too new to tea to be very good at describing the flavor, but some day I will compose a new tasting note here.

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

Welcome to the world of pu’erh! There is soooooo much to learn (in some ways it is a lot like wine). Folks here are always glad to give recommendations.


Thanks. I’m trying to follow the tasting notes of you frequent puerh sippers.

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11 tasting notes

To be honest, after reading some of the other reviews, I realize I probably don’t have as intense of a knowledge of how to make the tea to actually rate this tea well. ;) Haha I received it from my family after they decided it was weird/unpleasant, but I found it rather delicious with milk. It is a tea that has grown on me, and could potentially take some getting used to. After reading the reviews, I’ve decided I want to experiment a bit more with the steeping process, as well as how I drink it. Thank you, Steepster!

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11 tasting notes

Mother Gaia in Tea form! A wonderful starters tea for anyone interested in exploring the world of Pu-Erh. The taste of of the soil is grown in , the malty and rich taste you get with each sip, its like feeling your the tea itself absorbing the nutrients it absorbs and nourished by it! A definite standby for me!

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2 tasting notes

1 teaspoon (~2g) brewed with boiling water for about a minute provides a cup that is best described as “smooth”. The taste is not too strong, but noticeable. Brewing for up to five minutes increases strength of taste linearly but does not bring about bitterness.

Boiling 1 min, 15 sec

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1 tasting notes

I’m no expert, in fact this is the first time I’ve tried pu-erh tea, and had no idea what to expect when it came to the flavor. It is very different than green, black, or oolong tea. It has a smell that is a bit like hay, with a flavor that reminds me of almonds, and is very smooth with no strong aftertaste. I was pleasantly surprised, but that sort of hay-like smell put my husband off drinking it because he spent too much time shoveling hay in a barn in his youth. All the more for me!

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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2 tasting notes

Color: Dark, thick and oily
Nose: berries and hickory smoke
Taste: berries on the front end, add a hint of hickory smoke on the midpallete, and the finish moves on to a grilled meat type flavor

165 °F / 73 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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