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Pu-Erh Gourmand from Dammann Freres. . . . .

I’m always surprised when I make a puerh tea.. I don’t drink it often, but when I look down into my cup, the tea is incredibly dark and mysterious. Lovely! The scent of this tea is sweet… vanilla cookies, perhaps? Maybe a bit of dry wood. There is only a tiny bit of that fishy scent that I detect in puerhs. Phew! Sipping… the flavor is very much like the scent. The puerh base is smooth and not fishy. I also don’t taste much of the wood that I smelled earlier. I really like whatever sweetness this cup is offering. Read More

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Unlock your Inner Romantic with Rose Garden Pu Erh from Tocha Tea

Rose Garden Pu Erh from Tocha Tea looks the part right off the bat, with deep, pink rose petals and dark tea tied up neatly in a silk teabag. The dry tea smells strongly of roses, so strongly, the scent verges into being a bit like floral-scented soap. With the heavy rose smell and the pu erh base, I kept the steep times and temperatures a little lower than the package recommended, brewing for 1 minute at about 195 degrees Fahrenheit, to keep the flavors from getting too saturated. When brewed, the rose overtones are still the most forward flavor, Read More

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Forest Song 2016 Sheng Puerh Maocha from Global Tea Hut

My inner (and outer) hippie absolutely adores Forest Song 2016 Sheng Puerh Maocha from Global Tea Hut for many reasons! To start things off – just LOOK at the name…Forest Song…I mean…how could you go wrong? Forest Song 2016 Sheng Puerh Maocha from Global Tea Hut was part of their August 2016 celebration. Well, I call it Global Tea Hut’s monthly Tea Celebration because – to me – that’s what it is! The way Global Tea Hut works is…Farmers contribute tea…You receive an envelope with love every month…Drink tea with people around the world…and Your subscriptions support our free tea Read More

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Mini Yunnan Toucha Mix from Teasenz – Reflection on Scent and Memory

I am far from an expert, but I’ve always been both intimidated and entranced by pu erh tea.  The tea comes packed in cakes and wrapped in decorative papers, and you might even have a tea pick especially for breaking up these tightly packed leaves. There’s a proper way to brew and taste pu erh, and all kinds of special teapots and accessories.  There’s something inherently magical about having the right tools for an ancient ritual.  With the Mini Yunnan Toucha mix sampler from Teasenz, I could give the whole thing a try at my kitchen table. I’ve brewed enough Read More

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Mini Yunnan Tuocha Tea – Blue Label from Teasenz

Recently I experimented with Mini Yunnan Tuocha Tea – Blue Label – from Teasenz. Here are a few of my findings and personal tasting notes on each infusion. Infusion 1: Mini Yunnan Tuocha Tea – Blue Label – from Teasenz infused to a darker brown and had a slight gloomy texture to it as well. The whiff was like a warmer autumn day…sunshine, leaves, dirt, dry wood, and a bit of malt. The flavor was a wink of dry wood, a whisper of malt, with a slight sign of cooked rice, and even inkling of soy sauce muted. I found Read More