236 Tasting Notes
When I first tried this tea I thought I liked it and I ordered a canister of it. Since getting the canister I’ve found that I don’t like it as much as I thought. It may be that I am over-steeping it but it has a strange taste to me.
Typically I like green teas, white teas, yellow teas, and black teas but haven’t much cared for oolongs. On the other hand, I love Golden Moon’s Coconut Pouchong tea, which is also an Oolong. So I’m not certain what is up with me.
Fortunately, I have more of the Sugar Caramel Oolong and can experiment with steep times and temperatures.
It’s a “be brave” day. I’m trying pu-erh again. This time it’s the cute looking little tuo cha nests. I have followed the directions rigorously. I’ve boiled my water to 212 degrees. I rinsed it in boiling water then steeped it for six minutes.
The pu-erh tea is thick and black. It smells of leather and grass with a slight sweetness. I added creamer to it as I do to all of my black teas. It isn’t too bad, which is not to say that it is all that good either. Still, it doesn’t smell or taste like dung, which is my previous pu-erh benchmark. There is a slight saltiness and the leather smell carries through to the taste. It still turns my stomach over, though.
I think this is a pretty definitive test. I am a failure at pu-erh appreciation. Does anyone want the rest of the pu-erh sample?
Remember when I said that the Chai Agni was a bit disappointing since it didn’t have enough heat and spice? Well that was apparently due to the sample. Perhaps it didn’t come with enough chilis. I ordered a full sized tin of it and the chilis are warming the cup quite nicely. It is a wonderful chai that balances the various spices perfectly. I can see that this will become one of my favorites.
It was a very hard day and night yesterday and I’m still shaky. So I’m having the Pu-Erh Chai, which is a very serious tea that speaks to me of being grounded on Earth and not burning up in flames of anger or fear.
This is the first Pu-Erh I’ve had that I truly do like. Mixing it with black tea and chai spices was inspired, I think. The earthiness of the Pu-Erh, which has a muskiness in this blend, is sweetened by the tea and spices. The Pu-Erh taste that is so upsetting to my senses when I drink it plain is moderated. The chai spices which can sometimes overwhelm the tea are damped down as well. It is a happy blend that makes all the parts better.