Mandarin orange pu-erh

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Honey, Mint, Orange, Spicy, Sweet
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190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 6 oz / 177 ml

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Aged pu-erh tea is packed inside a dried mandarin orange peel and aged even longer.

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15 tasting notes

I had this tea for the first time at Zen Valley Samovar and fell in love with it. Simple, yet complex, this tea is an experience. The pu-erh is aged and then packed inside a dried mandarin orange peel. It smells beautiful and subtle, and has a nice smooth flavor and consistency.

Pack the whole fruit into a small teapot, pour hot water over it, and let it steep for around 25 seconds. Pour out the first steeping, unless you really like very strong tea. This one will last for quite a while.

A note about the tea: When you first get it, it comes wrapped in plastic. Take off the plastic and let it sit in a dark, yet slightly humid place for about a week. The flavors will be more intense this way.

190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec

What’s the major difference between this and their blood orange?

Katie Alberry

This is a reserve tea, and it won’t be around very long. The presentation itself is an experience, and I found it to be a bit smoother than the blood orange, though I love them both. It has been a little while since I have had the blood orange pu-erh, so it is hard to compare the two, but there are definitely distinct differences. I’m not sure if they are selling the Mandarin orange online, but they do have it on site.


Thanks for the tips on how to set up for preparation. I wouldn’t have thought to allow my tea to become humid, in my frantic search for air-tight containers. I’ve always lost flavor without them. Again, thanks!


What do you mean by “pack the whole fruit”?

Katie Alberry

Thanks JGWamsat! This tea is a little special as far as airtight containers go. Not too much humidity, and still keep it out of the light, but a little humidity will bring out the flavors.

Cofftea- Put all of the pu-erh that is inside the orange into a pot, and then crush the orange peel and put it in the pot as well.


Glad I asked, I would have probably tossed the orange peel.


Wow, this one looks interesting. Can’t seem to find it online!


Ricky, I looked hrs ago- it’s only available on site unfortunately. :(


Yeah, that’s what I figured. I might have to head down to Cali and give it a go one day ;)


You better make it quick. If Katie’s right, it won’t be around too long.

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18 tasting notes

I tried this tea at Samovar in downtown San Francisco. The leaves are chipped out of the mandarin (literally with a tool similar to a chisel), then there is an initial quick rinse before the first steep. They said to steep for 30 – 45 seconds – I found I preferred the shorter steeping time. Once I put too much water in the pot for one cup and steeped for a few minutes… definitely a mistake!

I liked the tea both without and with the orange peel. I found it more subtle without (unsurprisingly). After drinking 4 or 5 brews I smelled the contents and I loved the sharp, earthy scent. Overall, really interesting and delicious.

(water temperature note may be off as I didn’t brew it myself)

180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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16 tasting notes

This tea is dark in color and is a good mixture of sweet, spicy, and mint. All the while having a honey-like after taste

Flavors: Honey, Mint, Orange, Spicy, Sweet

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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