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Yay! I’m back on Steepster. I worried it was down for good.
This morning I’m having a cup of lemon ginger green tea while prepping for a day at a local graphic novel festival with my kiddo. I did not have high hopes for this tea after not really liking the others that were in this sampler but I will say, this one is pretty good. There is a good balance between lemon and ginger for me. I wasn’t looking for a strong ginger tea today and this fit the bill. I get a slight floral hint as well. There is a nice light yellow color.
Flavors: Citrus, Ginger, Lemon
I had this one at church yesterday with the boiling water that was available and it was bitter but drinkable. I was excited that someone had left something more than the usual Red Rose. I thought I’d try again today at home. Steeped in 175* water for 3 minutes and it still is bitter. I do taste the peppermint but it’s not a strong flavor.
Flavors: Bitter, Peppermint
The bag has a roasted yet floral Tieguanyin or low elevation Taiwanese oolong smell. It’s definitely dark roasted, brewing red colored tea with a deep floral, nutty, and roasted aroma. There’s a slight caramelized sweetness, but it mostly tastes like almonds and peanuts to me. It tastes like a green oolong that was dark roasted, rather than a more traditionally processed oolong with a little more oxidation, so no fruit or spice or anything else that makes me love darker oolongs. To be fair, this was a dollar or two at Walmart, so I didn’t expect a great traditional style Tieguanyin or Dong Ding, and for what it is it’s actually fine, but it’s way too nutty for me to want more.
Flavors: Almond, Caramel, Floral, Nuts, Peanut, Roasted, Vegetal
I was incredibly pleased with the overall flavor of this tea. Not too spicy, a good amount of sweetness. Honestly, I couldn’t taste any distinguishing characteristics of the rooibos and thought I was drinking masala chai. I gulped this down too fast and no longer have any more to savor.
If you’re looking for a caffeine free chai, I’d highly recommend this one.
Flavors: Spicy, Sweet
I was in a rush this morning for work so I made my green tea in my timolino and didn’t pack any other tea. This was in the staff room so I thought I would give it a try.
I know usually with bagged chai’s they tend to be too overpoweringly spicy, so I steeped this only for about 30 seconds. The spice is actually a nice compliment and not over powering. I wouldn’t go out and buy it but It isn’t bad.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Spicy
I’m still new to the world of pu’erh teas, but this one didn’t really excite me much. It tasted kind of fishy and even a tad sweaty, and compared to the other pu’erh I’ve tried (Verdant’s amazing Tian Di Ren Bulang Sheng from 2006), this one seemed kind of flat. It was in a teabag so I didn’t rinse it – maybe that’s why.
This was a swap from Jude. At least I got to broaden my horizons a bit!
I like these for travel mostly, and they do get the job done. I would rate them higher if the spice were stronger. Recommended for travel, but you can get better if you are willing to hunt some better loose leaf stuff.
I’m really not very familiar with pu-erh’s yet (this is my first one!) but will rate this tea anyway. I realize that most people don’t drink pu-erh made from a tea-bag but this was enjoyable enough. :)
It was smooth…and kind of earthy. I probably won’t buy it again because I want to try a fancy one next time. But I’m definitely going to finish the rest of what I have.
Rich flavor, marine notes are just barely detectable, it’s cleaner in that regard for those who have an aversion to puerh for that reason. I think Kasumi no Chagin hit it with the ‘peat’ descriptor. ‘Forest dirt’ hits more on the second steep. I know, this sounds so appealing, doesn’t it? But it’s a pretty good puerh for everyday drinking.
Aroma when Dry: sour, sweaty
After water is first poured: sweaty
At end of steep: earthy, slight musk
At end of steep: dark, earthy brown-red
Time of day preferred: unsure, first tasting
first notes: forest dirt, mustyenss
As it cools? Notes get sweaty, peaty again
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No
Lingers? With slight sweaty, chemical notes
A co-worker, who is working on waning herself off of coffee, purchased this tea from a local heath store; and seeing as how I’m the recognized local tea connoisseur, she had peaked my curiosity.
The aroma given from steeping is extremely promising, with an almost rich woodsy atmosphere, deeply green, very dark, and a slight smokey tinge. The color is a very satisfying deep and handsome red of pu-erh.
The flavor is amazingly rich, with a smokey earthy taste that empowers it’s roasted base; this is the flavor of a fresh forest.
There are times when a teabag tea surprises me. This teabag is one of them.
I’m in a carbohydrate coma – now I remember why I don’t usually eat burritos for lunch. This is a tasty & cheap pu-erh in a teabag so I just keep it at the office – let’s hope it revives me soon. :)
Some where out there a pu-erh snob has fainted. That’s right, I am drinking pu-erh out of a teabag. $6 for a box and you can get it even cheaper on Uncle Lee’s website.
I bought this just to check it out for experimentation. I wasn’t expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised. It has the nice brownish-red color of a pu-erh. For a teabag this has some tremendous flavor. It’s very woodsy, and roasty/toasty with a hint of smoke puffs. The aroma reminds me of the redwood forest groves in Northern California. This is reminiscent of the wild tree pu-erhs I like a lot. It’s actually quite pleasant and it’s organic.
Don’t tell the tea snobs but I actually think this is more flavorful and interesting than both the tuo chas I had earlier today. It will just be our little secret… ;-)
_ They actually sell pu’er in tea bags all over China. I had some the first time flying from Beijing to Kunming. It’s was pretty good- especially since my stomach hates flying.
I’ve actually seen bottled pu’er on the store shelf recently. Mind you, it had tons of sugar and was ultraflavored, but baby steps..
My introduction to puerh was in bag form. I was Yamamotoyama. Tasted kind of like a wuyi oolong but was a great beginning. I have had the Numi – not bad, and one other that apparently didn’t leave an impression because I don’t remember what it was.
Foojoy has a really good bagged Pu-Erh that I think I found for 4.00 for 100 bags….simply phenomenal
I’ll have to see if I can locate that Foojoy in Chinatown! It’s so good to find these little bargains that are everyday staples…
As long as you like the teabags, it is fine. I thought it was interesting that you like it better than the Tuo Chas. I’venever had bagged Tuo Cha, but I had a bagged White tea from Enjoying tea—I got it as a Christmas gift a few yrs ago. It too, was surprisingly good! It tasted like a Pai Mu Tan. I also believe the smaller leaf in the teabag intensified the flavor somewhat.
It is interesting that the aroma reminds you of the redwood forest groves! :))
the tea bag just had flavors that I liked better. I like my pu-erh to taste and smell like trees evidently.