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drank Pu-Erh Chorange by Adagio Teas
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Adagio Advent Calendar – Day 5

I don’t have a lot of puerh experience, and it’s not really something I’m interested in pursuing at this point, since honestly I’m drinking almost all flavored teas right now anyway. But I find the ripe puerh used in flavored blends is usually earthy and mild, with no weird fishy aromas, so I’m not too worried about this one. Dry scent is very strong on the orange, which is encouraging.

The orange flavor is the strongest note in the steeped tea as well, and it’s an orange essential oil sort of note. There is chocolate as well, but it tastes fairly artificial to me, sort of like a darker chocolate Tootsie Roll. It’s not terrible, but I think I would prefer just the cacao nibs and no flavoring, even if it means a more subtle chocolate note. Chocolate flavoring always reminds me of cheap waxy chocolate, like chocolate coins or those cheap Easter chocolates. I suppose that’s probably because they use chocolate flavoring in those things…

ANYWAY, tangent over! The puerh here is mellow with a sweet earthy flavor, which I think makes a nice base for a chocolate orange tea.

I thought this was fairly enjoyable. The chocolate flavoring kind of ruins it for me, and for that reason I wouldn’t order this one. But the puerh base is perfectly pleasant and suitable for puerh newbies.

(today’s advent teas: https://www.instagram.com/p/CIbA7q0g6Fu/)

Flavors: Artificial, Chocolate, Earth, Orange, Orange Zest, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Lexie Aleah

I think you were the one who posted some Jasmine Pearl Company tea reviews fairly recently. They have a nice flavored Pu-erh called Dancing Dragon that has a nice Sarsaparilla flavor.

Cameron B.

Wow sarsaparilla puerh does sound interesting!

ashmanra

I actually liked Chorange pretty well!

Mastress Alita

I have not been crazy (thus far) by the straight pu’s I’ve tried. I like some of the flavored blends… this one wasn’t one of them, heh. I tried it a long time ago, though, so maybe Adagio has updated their ingredients (but I do think their orange flavoring may be one of their flavorings I’m particularly sensitive to). I tried a few of the Jasmine Pearl pu’s at the Portland Tea Expo 2019 and they are good stuff! I ended up bringing home bags of both Black Wolf and Dancing Dragon!

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Lexie Aleah

I think you were the one who posted some Jasmine Pearl Company tea reviews fairly recently. They have a nice flavored Pu-erh called Dancing Dragon that has a nice Sarsaparilla flavor.

Cameron B.

Wow sarsaparilla puerh does sound interesting!

ashmanra

I actually liked Chorange pretty well!

Mastress Alita

I have not been crazy (thus far) by the straight pu’s I’ve tried. I like some of the flavored blends… this one wasn’t one of them, heh. I tried it a long time ago, though, so maybe Adagio has updated their ingredients (but I do think their orange flavoring may be one of their flavorings I’m particularly sensitive to). I tried a few of the Jasmine Pearl pu’s at the Portland Tea Expo 2019 and they are good stuff! I ended up bringing home bags of both Black Wolf and Dancing Dragon!

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