Pu Erh Poe

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 6 oz / 191 ml

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  • “second review… My first review on this Puerh was just after I joined Steepster 5 months ago. Seems like ages in tea months! I’ve been a ‘tea person’ such a short time. I scored this tea pretty...” Read full tasting note
  • “Awhile back I ordered some teas from Adagio, including several sample size teas, this being one of them. I’ve been drinking a lot of Puerh lately, which doesn’t make me any kind of expert, mind...” Read full tasting note
  • “2nd unflavored cooked Pu Erh properly prepared. I’m amazed at the lack of scent the raw leaves have, it’s even lighter than Pu Erh Dante… which makes me hope I’ll like this even more. Parameters...” Read full tasting note
  • “Let me start by saying this; Very interesting…. Dry Smell: Like fresh horse poop. Wet: when water was first added it smelled like rancid fish, after it finished steeping it smelled similar to musty...” Read full tasting note

From Adagio Teas

Black tea from the Yunnan region of China. Pu Erh tea, perhaps the most esoteric of Chinese varieties, has a pronounced earthy aroma and taste. It is very popular in China due to its notoriety as a slimming diet tea. Recent studies seem to support this claim, but attribute this property to all teas. If you are partial to Pu Erh teas, try delighting your palate with the rich taste of this superior grade tea.

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second review…

My first review on this Puerh was just after I joined Steepster 5 months ago. Seems like ages in tea months! I’ve been a ‘tea person’ such a short time. I scored this tea pretty high and this was probabaly one of my first unflavored puerh’s.
What do I think of this Puerh now?
I did a quick rinse of the leaves…(know to do that now) then steeped 3 minutes.
Today I’m pretty sick with nausea from what has turned into an allergic reaction to some food (don’t know what) so tea is something that’s good for the stomach! I picked this puerh to help me feel better.
The flavor was mild and bready without bitterness. I was surprised at how dark the brew was after just 3 minutes and thought that it wasn’t bad for a morning cup with cream and sugar as a coffee subsitute. I added a little sweetening only and thought it was a good wheat bread tasting puerh with a little mushroom flavor. Not really complex but friendly.

Doorbell….granddaughter bringing 7-up for my tummy…mixing well with some ginger tea in the frig!

Hesper June

Hope you feel better soon!


Thank you….it was snacking on dry pea’s…stupid me…they’re in the bean family…duh…took a few days before the effects hit me!

Hesper June

Bummer! I am sorry:(


hope you feel better!


Feel better, Bonnie!


Get better soon!


Thanks guys…by tomorrow the room should stop spinning. I’m supposed to see an allergist (I’ve never had allergies until 5 years ago so as life changes your body can change too rather food than runny nose from trees and pollen and such!).


Hope you wake up feeling better today Bonnie. Good luck with the allergists


Hope today finds you feeling better. As for the tea – it’s always fun to go back and see how your tastes have progressed / changed.


Hello…a little better today…couldn’t get on steepster till noon…got the black screen…nausea will go away later I’m sure. Can’t eat much yet.


Hope you’re feeling all better soon! We’ve had a stomach bug going around the office and it struck me last week. Best wishes

Also- can’t believe it’s only been 5 months! I feel like you’ve always been part of Steepster; it’s impossible to imagine it without you.


That is solo sweet. Today is the first time since Tuesday I can eat anything carefully and drink tea. I’ve been so sick with the allergic reaction to those stupid handful of peas. Like Poisen! Worse than the flu…but I’m coming out of the fog (I hope). Thanks,

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Awhile back I ordered some teas from Adagio, including several sample size teas, this being one of them. I’ve been drinking a lot of Puerh lately, which doesn’t make me any kind of expert, mind you.

The dry leaf doesn’t really have much of a scent, compared to some of the Pu’s I’ve been drinking, but my nose detected that faint saltiness, more as a sensation. There’s enough in the package to steep this a couple of different ways, so that’s what I’ll do. The first steeping was as directed on the package: 1 tsp in an 8 oz cup for 3 minutes.

It’s really not bad! It’s not as heavily nuanced as some of the Puerhs I’ve tried, but it isn’t overtly fishy or barnyard-like either. I re-steeped, & it was just ok. This would be good for someone wanting to try puerh out without having too intense of an experience the first time around. It’s dark, mellow, and a little tingly.

Terri HarpLady

Sidebar: I was sipping on the re-steep of this tea, when I apparently started having an allergic reaction, either to this or the Wanja, which I also just finished drinking. I started sneezing like crazy, & have a strange numbness in my sinuses, palate, lips, and face. Of course, I could be coming down with a virus, I suppose, but it was a very sudden onset, so I’m thinking allergies. Hopefully it will pass quickly, as I have a gig to play in a couple of hours! Just one of the difficulties of being me…sigh…


Ack! If you have an allergy pill I’d take one just in case.

Terri HarpLady

naw, I don’t take those kinds of things.
I think this happened once before, when I drank some puerh or other. It wasn’t anything dangerous, just wierd. I know some puerhs make your mouth a little numb, but that was a little too much. I’ll wait a few weeks, then try this one again and see if the same thing happens.


I’ve had anaphylactic shock where I had to be hospitalized, so I tend to err on the allergy pills side of things! Glad to hear it was nothing serious.


Eek. Hope the symptoms have disappeared.

Terri HarpLady

I felt kind of weird for awhile, but it passed.

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2nd unflavored cooked Pu Erh properly prepared. I’m amazed at the lack of scent the raw leaves have, it’s even lighter than Pu Erh Dante… which makes me hope I’ll like this even more.

Parameters and Preparation:
1g per 1oz water (I made a 4oz cuppa), rinsing the leaves in just below boiling water for 15sec, then doing a 20sec 1st steep.

I’m shocked at how dark the rinsing liquid gets… I almost cry as I dump it. But if adding this step is necessary for authentic preparation and a better cuppa, then that’s what I’ll do.

The 1st infusion is reeeaaalllyyy dark. I’ve used the term “coffeeish” to discribe the liquor of tea before, but I don’t even think that would do it justice. I have to go w/ cola-ish this time.

The aroma is light. While it was faint, there was a fecal note to Pu Erh Dante’s aroma that isn’t there w/ this one.

Taste matches the aroma. Very strong, complex, a little earthy, and the lack of a fecal note almost makes it a tad sweet.

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2nd infusion 20sec. Still cola-ish in liquor. Remember when I said there was a hint of sweetness? It definitely popped out in this infusion. I’m not normally a fan of black tea-ish teas (even though pu erh isn’t a black tea), but I love this infusion!


3rd infusion, 20sec. Another reason to like Pu Erh- like Japanese greens, the infusion time is short so I can make another cuppa during commercials and not miss any of Biggest Loser:) While the liquor is no darker, it has a slight reddish tint to it now making it look more like cold brewed coffee concentrate. Actually, it’s so dark, it makes it look like it’s that consistancy. Still sweet, no lighter or weaker.


Another commercial, another cup! Kinda hard to tell if this liquor is indeed darker, or just more red, but I’m thinking just more red. Flavor is still consistant.


5th infusion, 20sec. I’m ending up drinking quite a bit of tea since other than my morning bowla matcha, this is all I’ve had today. I ended up taking almost a 4 hr nap so that cut out a lot of tea drinking time. This infusion is nearly identical in liquor and flavor to number 4.


6th infusion, 20sec. Liquor is ever so slightly lighter, but the flavor is still strong.


How long can I keep in yixing pot? Don’t think I want to drink 8 steeps at once. I weighed a tsp, it seemed to equal 2 grams.


I don’t know, I don’t have a yixing.

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Let me start by saying this; Very interesting….

Dry Smell: Like fresh horse poop.

Wet: when water was first added it smelled like rancid fish, after it finished steeping it smelled similar to musty cucumber water.

It tastes like cucumber water. Very strong cucumber water that also happens to have a little bit of a bit in it. I don’t really like cucumber or cucumber water at all, so this is… Well interesting. Could have been worse though, but it could have been a lot better. Might steep it again later and see how it is though.

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Lol, that is some description. It may be a storage issue. A few years ago I had Adagio’s ‘Yunnan Golden Pu Erh’… expensive and awful. Smelled like dried fermented fish, once I poured water into it it was fishy and musky.


I had this in the beginning of my journey. Sour. I’d suggest that if you can’t hack it, steep longer, add cream and sugar and see if you like it as a latte. If not. Adios. Sometimes you can’t salvage what isn’t very good. But, if I had stopped here I wouldn’t have discovered that I love shu pu-erh. There’s a world of great non-fishy pu-erh to drink!


Mehhh I wasn’t big on this one. Tasted too fishy without the depth of flavor I want from a pu’erh.


Yeah I was hoping for something good from this since I have had other pu’erh that have been heavenly. Though I figure I’ll just never get pu’erh from Adagio again since I had the one from their masters collection and that…. well lets just say I am glad I didn’t spend money on this or that one.



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One of the samples from my recent Adagio order. I don’t have a lot of experience with pu’erh, but I’d like to try more. I went gong fu with this one, although I didn’t time the infusions.

I did a quick rinse of the leaves, then steeped for around 15-seconds or so. I found the taste to be very light and sweet, without much of the earthiness I’ve come to associate with pu’erh. I wonder if it’s because I didn’t steep long enough; I’ll try Western style next time.

This isn’t a remarkable tea, but it’s light and naturally sweet. I don’t think I’d reorder it though.


I had this a long time ago and steeped it after rinsing for almost 4 minutes. Then I made a latte with it eventually which didn’t taste bad at all. The wierd inital smell didn’t translate into the flavor.


Yeah, I think I need to try a longer steep of this one.

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382 tasting notes

Another sample bites the dust!
Soon, soon my cupboard will be ready for moar samples! (I’m thinking of Harney & Sons for my next sample buying spree – but they are out of the Florence samples! ;_;)

I rather like Pu Erh Poe, which makes me suspicious that it is a baby Pu Erh – a Pu Erh for people who do not know any better or who cannot handle Real Pu Erh, like people who drink Bud (or, god forbid, Lone Star) instead of Real Beer. I don’t like it enough to buy more, mind you, but it’s nice, it brews up fast, and it doesn’t smell (as much) like dirt as other Pu Erh I’ve had. It does have a smoky, earthy taste to it, but what is important (at least to me) is that the smell isn’t overpowering. I pretty much cannot get over things that smell weird. (Like durian. or natto – although to be fair natto also tastes pretty awful)

Reading the other tea notes, I see (not for the first time mind you) that apparently the proper preparation of Pu Erh is a multi step process. That kind of effort is definitely not for me! Pu Erh goes with Oolong into “category of tea that I am probably just not that into” (Note: Oolong will be taken out of this category when I got to Japan this summer and am once again subjected to its iced form all the time)

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I find it interesting you see multi steeps as effert… it doesn’t require more effort than getting out a new tea and starting from scratch, does it? Pu Erh sounds good! Thanks for the idea:)


Well when you put it that way it sounds all reasonable and stuff :P


Haha! And short steeps rather than your parameters means tea quicker- yay!;)


Well…fine! Man, now I want to try it but I’m out of Pu Erh. Recommend me one!


I prefer sheng over shu like Adagio’s. This one http://steepster.com/teas/puerhshop-com/8020-2007-imperial-concubine-aroma-pu-erh-tea-cake is amazing. Bana Tea Co. has a 8 pu erh sampler (7g each) for $10 I haven’t tried but everyone raves about. And I just got this sampler (the top one) http://www.lifeinteacup.com/puerh- 60g for only $9.99:)


I do love a sampler set! Thanks!


No prob! Most of the Bana sampler are sheng, and all 4 of the teas in the LIATC sampler I got are sheng. Sheng is a COMPLETELY different animal than shu. You could just not be a fan of shu, I know I’m not.

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This is my first venture into the world of pu erh, and I have to admit, I’m kinda terrified. My mother wanted to try this because of supposed weight-loss benefits, but she wasn’t able to commit to the extra effort involved in making loose leaf tea. Today I took this (and her gravity steeper, so now I have 2) off of her hands. The dry leaves smell like moss and earth. However, as soon as poured hot water over these leaves to rinse them, I got a fishy aroma (and was even more terrified). For the real first steeping, like others have said, this tea brews really really dark. The fishy aroma is no longer present. The first sip tasted like earth, but not in a dirty way (if that makes sense), but I got a sharp astringent note at the end. This went away with the addition of a bit of brown sugar :). Overall, I’m not sure pu erh’s are for me, but I think I will be able to tolerate this very interesting tea.


Hate to tell you but don’t judge puerh by this one. It was one of my first too…yuck! Puerh is indeed delicious..so check out some others. Try a naturally flavored puerh, or look for the favorites under the tea tab and select puerh. Companies I suggest are Mandala, Verdant’s Imperial Breakfast Blend or Cinnamon Puerh blend, Butiki’s Phoenix Coins and Steapshop’s Cinnamon Swirl Bread.


manadala does amazing puerhs, as does verdant. and if you want to start slow, maybe look at trying ‘cinnamon swirl bread’ by steap shoppe….. the puerh plays the part of the bread and is awesome!

myself, i prefer loose puerh over nested because they tend to be muuuuuuuuch heavier. the best i’ve ever had is verdant’s golden buds puerh.

just my unsolicited opinion!!!

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2/3/14 1st tea in an afternoon Pu-erh flight. 3g/100ml gaiwan/212F Washed. This was the only tea in the tasting this afternoon that I actively disliked. The dry leaf smelled foul, like a dead aquarium, and the wet leaf added an ammonia scent to it. This is the first “fishy” pu-erh I’ve encountered, and now I have a definite context for that adjective and all it’s negative expressions. Fortunately the aroma was far worse than the brewed tea. The brewed tea was just boring and flat.

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Dead aquarium. They should add that to the flavor list. LOL.




I had to add creamer as well (well, half and half), and found to my surprise i quite liked it that way. Does that make me a bad puerh drinker? Ah well.

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The first thing I noticed was that the dry leaves smelled like a bag of fresh peat moss – earthy and tannic – which as a gardener isn’t something I find unpleasent. I gave the leaves the standard 30 second rinse to hopefully get rid of any dust or debris and then I brewed it for three mins – the lower end of Adagio’s steeping reccs but I know how dark pu’erhs brew up so I wasn’t worried that it would turn out weak. Unfortunately the brewing tea took on less of a peaty scent and more of fishy scent, which didn’t exactly thrill me.

Thankfully it didn’t taste like fish but it was very earthy, almost like a mouthful of dirt. At first I couldn’t decide whether to gag or enjoy it but as I drank more I found that the flavour became smoother and less jarring to my tastebuds.

I’m still not entirely sure if I like pu’erh or not – it definiatly falls in the category of being an aquired taste but it’s interesting and I enjoy having variety in my teas.

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Steep Method: Tea Pot
Steep Time: 5:00 Minutes
Temperature: 212F

Whenever I drink this tea I think of two things: Oatmeal and wheat. It almost smells some kind of organic building material (maybe bamboo?). For a pu-erh it’s not incredibly “dark” tasting, rather it is relatively light. It almost tastes like the old smell of my grandparents’ house (I kid you not!).

It gives me a bit of a surprise on my tongue, as it is kind of dull for a second, and then springs to (somewhat) of a life. Overall a pretty mild tea. I think I could have steeped it longer. Maybe I’ll try another infusion for 7-8 minutes. Thoughts?

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Thomas M. Frank

Great review Pat. I’m thinking of picking up some of this soon. Not sure if you know me, but I’m pretty sure you were a year ahead of me at Prep. Nice to see another Rambler here on Steepster.

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