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drank PU'ERH, ORGANIC by The Tea Spot
257 tasting notes

Pu-erh tea is one of those entities that people tend to love or hate. There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground, even when someone WANTS to love it. I happen to be a guy who loves Pu-erh. However, let me qualify that by saying I love GOOD Pu-erh. I have tried one or two Pu-erh selections that left me less than enamored.

I am fairly new to The Tea Spot’s offerings, having discovered them in a great pastry café in Myrtle Beach a few years ago. I’ve had great experiences with their Bolder Breakfast and Earl Grey selections. So, when I saw that their Pu-erh tea was on sale, I figured it was worth a taste.

When I opened the one-pound pouch that I purchased, I was instantly greeted with the familiar rich and leathery aroma of Pu-erh. I steeped the medium-length black and brown tea leaves at 212 degrees for five minutes, as recommended by the folks at The Tea Spot. The brewed result was the color of black coffee. The smell was leathery but not as strong as I’ve experienced in the past with other selections of that variety.

Another surprise (somewhat) was the flavor contained a gentle fortitude. It was quite pleasant and smooth, without slapping my tastebuds. A leathery and earthy zest was front and center, but it was in no way over-powering. I did not detect astringency anywhere. Even the aftertaste did not overcome the bowl of cereal that the tea washed down.

To summarize, the flavor is rich but not oppressive. This is a very tranquil Pu-erh tea that probably won’t trigger the most committed Pu-erh skeptic’s gag reflex.

Flavors: Earthy, Leather

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 40 OZ / 1182 ML
ashmanra

Heeeeeeeey, Stoo! Welcome back! Looks like the dashboard is frozen again but at least it seems to get fixed fairly quickly.

Buying a whole pound of puerh was a bold move! I am glad it turned out to be one you enjoy!

Stoo

Well Hellooooooo, ashmanra!

I finally have a couple of new teas to talk about. I have mostly good experiences with Pu-erh, and two prior good experiences with The Tea Spot, so I was willing to roll the dice. Fortunately, I won that bet!

It’s great hearing from you!

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ashmanra

Heeeeeeeey, Stoo! Welcome back! Looks like the dashboard is frozen again but at least it seems to get fixed fairly quickly.

Buying a whole pound of puerh was a bold move! I am glad it turned out to be one you enjoy!

Stoo

Well Hellooooooo, ashmanra!

I finally have a couple of new teas to talk about. I have mostly good experiences with Pu-erh, and two prior good experiences with The Tea Spot, so I was willing to roll the dice. Fortunately, I won that bet!

It’s great hearing from you!

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I ventured into the world of serious tea drinking in the Summer of 2011. I started out slowly and gently with bagged tea but climbed to the incredible flavorful heights of loose leaf teas in October of that year. Once you go leaf, you never go bag (except when you get free samples)!

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