Pu-Erh Bordeaux/Socra Tea Detroit. . . .

This tea evokes the flavor of Bordeaux (red) wine by pairing pu’erh with berries, florals, grape skins. When steeped in water, the tea immediately darkens into a lovely red-brown. (The hibiscus petals probably help with that.)

Despite the deep color, the flavor is very mellow. It’s deep earth and fermentation notes, mostly, from the pu’erh, which doesn’t fade to the background as teas often do when they have a flavor profile they’re trying to emulate. The grapes are a little tart and sweet, but not as strong as I might have expected.

I don’t mind this smooth and calming pu’erh, but I think that with so many ingredients, I was expecting something more potent. It’s possible that’s why the tea is no longer available on the site. Not every tea can be a smashing success, but I’m glad I tried it.

 


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Leaf Type: Puerh

Where to Buy:  Socra Tea Detroit

Description

This puerh is no longer available but click below for ones that are.

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White2Tea – 2016 Daily Drinker

White2Tea says that this Daily Drinker is a tea “for the everyday”, “for the people.” I was like “uh, what does that… mean?”

I’m still not sure what that means.

But I *do* know that this orchid/honey tea is incredibly sweet while still not losing that rustic pu erh charm. It’s aged, but in a way that’s not rancid, or fishy, or musty, or cardboard-y, or whatever else you might fear out of pu erh.

It’s like an orchid oolong that’s in a retirement home, still sweet and sharing jokes that have been worn smooth and refined through multiple retellings. She’s the old lady in the nursing home that has a boyfriend (YOU GO GIRL) and slips other people’s grandkids the best candy.

This is one of the first teas I’ve ever drank that came from a cake, which meant it was a little more work. I had to snap off bits and try to crumble the right amount into my steeper. I think I gave it a good whack.

I don’t know what makes a tea a “daily drinker.” I sort of imagine it as an old shoe that you know will fit you nicely, even if you don’t wear it on special occasions. But that seems… somehow disparaging of the tea? Like “oh, this old thing? I drink it daily. I don’t even notice it any more.”

I think that this tea deserves to be a little more special. I shall drink it only every once in a while, until it’s complete.


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Leaf Type:  Pu Erh

Where to Buy:  White2Tea

Description

A blend of raw Puer material meant for the daily grind. Sweetness and a delightful fragrance.  Solid, reliable, affordable, and better quality than you’d expect for the price. Tea for the everyday. Tea for the people.

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JK Tea – Pasha Village Small Tree Raw Pu Erh Tea

This tea has a robust, deep, tart, and woodsy feel. It reminds me, oddly, of some kind of classy alcohol. Maybe, like, bourbon?

Something that a successful CEO would pour out of a crystal decanter. “This is the finest 100-year-old whatever,” he’d puffily boast. “It has spent all that time in the most fancy type of wood possible.”

His other men would gather around and sip it in their fancy glasses and go “ah, a fine year. GOES DOWN SMOOTH.”

Now, as you can tell by this description, I don’t know much about alcohol; but I do know a bit about tea, and I can tell you that it’s distinctly pu erh, in the best way possible. It doesn’t have that tragic fish taste that they sometimes do. It is just a solid, distinctive flavor that keeps it real. It’s masculine, but not so much so that I’m choking on smokiness or bitterness.

I think that this tea is just the right thing to drink at work. Gotta earn those dollars.


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Leaf Type:  Pu Erh

Where to Buy:  JK Tea

Description

Tea tree: small tea tree over 80 years old from one single tea plantation only.   Vintage: 2013 Spring

Picking standard: One bud with two leaves  Fermentation: Raw  Shape: Tight, fat, plump.   Dried tea color: dark yellowish green color  Aroma: high floral aroma, and honey fragrance  Tea soup color: Yellow color  Taste: flowery and honey taste, sweet.

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Glutinous Rice Scent Tea Fossil Pu-erh Cooked Tea from AprTea Mall

I will be the first to admit it.  I am intimidated by Puerh teas.  But each and every time I have one, I love it.  Not sure why I have this apprehension but I’m hoping this is the year I tear that wall down.

This particular puerh was a different bird all together from what I’ve had in the past.  Instead of being tea leaves or a cake, the tea looked to be broken pieces of a cake.  The smell of the tea instantly reminds me of sushi and my mouth starts to water.  To really get all my senses involved with this tea, I went ahead and used my Wall Infuser Mug, scooped some tea into the mug and added some freshly prepped water. Probably not the proper way to enjoy this tea, but I wanted to prepare the tea in a more familiar way this first go.

After a few moments, I couldn’t resist the alluring tea anymore and had to take a sip.  This tea.  This tea is really good. And that is coming from someone that isn’t all that knowledgeable in the matters of darker teas.  The first steeping really delivered this thicker sort of sweet liquid that I eagerly took down.  Really delicious and not at all like the puerhs I’ve had in the past.  The smell was similiar but that the taste. Gotta love a tea that smells like sushi but has a sweeter stonefruit taste.

The second steeping and additional steepings resulted in the same style of flavor.  A sweetness with a thicker feel. Such a complete pleasure and such a wonderful tea to drink.  I actually drank this tea for hours and just never felt that the leaves were fully exhausted of their flavor.  Being the first rice scent puerh I’ve had, I’m hoping I can mimic this result with other varieties later on and even later this week with the remaining puerh I have.


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Leaf Type:  Puerh
Where to Buy:  AprTea Mall
Description

Tea Fossil: the soul of Pu’er tea, Ten years of pure dry storage, named as [broken silver], the aroma is very full, fast and lasting Gan Gan, long-lasting high foam resistance, can bubble more than 40 times, especially the taste: the entrance of thick rice soup incense. Can be described as the essence of tea!

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Notes on 2015 Shou Mei / Verdant Tea. . . .

Zero degrees and getting colder. The past few weeks have been full of intense cold and winter storms. Makes this one want a floral tea to remind me spring isn’t too far away. And vacation is even closer. This 2015 shou mei has a silky mouth-feel with no astringency.

After I unwrapped the ball I noticed that the leaves were an array of colors. Usual leaf colors nothing crazy. It reminds me of the bark on a Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree except darker with less pop. The flavor is quite floral with honeysuckle and other unique garden flowers. Scents of rose and gardenia overflow your senses if you smell the wet leaf. Just lovely!


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Leaf Type: White
Where to Buy: Verdant Teas
Description:

No description as this one is not currently being sold on the site and is no longer available, however, the general description given for most shou is workable.

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