Pu Erh Spice

2.5 / 5

If there is one tea in the Adagio sample that completely hides the off-putting scent of the Pu Erh tea, this is it! It is packed with spices and orange pieces. To be honest, I forgot it was pu erh tea I was supposed to review and drank the first glass. Oops. Having said that, I’m not a huge fan of overly spiced teas, and this is definitely one of the most strongly spiced I have tried. Maybe, if spiced teas are normally your thing you might like this. To me, it just feels a but too much like drinking a cup of potpourri! There is a little bit of a pu erh undertone, but it’s all in the aftertaste. What’s the point in buying an aged tea if it’s hidden so completely?If there is one tea in the Adagio sample that completely hides the off-putting scent of the Pu Erh tea, this is it! Packed with spices and orange pieces, to be honest, I forgot it was pu erh tea I was supposed to be reviewing and just drank the first glass, (oops) Having said that, I’m not a huge fan of overly spiced teas, and this is definitely one of the most strongly spiced I have tried. If spiced teas are normally your thing, then I think you might like this, but to me, it just feels like drinking a cup of pot-puri! There is a little bit of a pu erh undertone, but it’s mostly in the aftertaste. To me, what’s the point in buying an aged tea if it’s hidden so completely?

Tea Leaves: Incredible strong spicy cinnamon and orange aroma
Region: Unknown
Brewing: 212 degrees for 5 minutes
Purchased: Adagio –  $9 for 3oz*

P.S. – Sorry this is a day late, it’s been a busy week!

*Prices are at time of review and may have changed.

 

Pu Erh Dante

2.5 / 5

Whew, does this tea stink! Not in a figurative “I don’t like this” kind of way, but in a literal “That does not smell like tea” kind of way. This is the first Pu Erh I had and it turned me off to them for a while. It gained the nickname “Brent’s Stinky Tea” around the office because it can be smelled from a desk over. To be clear, I really like the taste, but the smell is hard to get used to. It’s not a terrible smell as much as a strong one. The closest thing I can think that it smells like is maybe wet hay? Obviously, this is what turns people off on the tea, and it’s really too bad. If you can get used to the smell, it has a unique, complex taste: earthy, woody, a little funky, with almost a hint of mushrooms. What I like most is that for all that flavor it is incredibly smooth, unlike a black tea which can start to get astringent when it has flavor is this strong. It is a shou tea. From the Pu-erh sampler I got from Adagio it is the most straightforward pu-erh tea in the lot. I like the blends that add things to offset the smell, but it’s nice to try it “straight” a few times to learn to appreciate it.

Tea Leaves: Earthy, sweet like cut hay until brewed
Region: Unknown
Brewing: 212 degrees for 5 minutes
Purchased: Adagio –  $9 for 3oz*

*Prices are at time of review and may have changed.

Pu Erh Chorange

3 / 5

I like this tea because it is very…interesting. Dark, funky Pu Erh tea combined with a chocolate orange. That’s exactly what it tastes like. The chocolate and orange masks but doesn’t hide the trademark pungent smell of the tea. Flavor-wise, the orange and chocolate are really strong. Strong enough to overpower a normal tea, but the puerh holds up to it. The chocolate and the earthiness of the puerh play off each other well, and the orange lifts it up from being too heavy. Not something I would want to drink every day. Still, even after all the kinds of tea I’ve had, every time I drink it I think: “Hmm,  that’s different” (in a good way).

Tea Leaves: Earthy, chocolaty smell, with a hint of citrus.
Region: Unknown
Brewing: 212 degrees for 5 minutes
Purchased: Adagio –  $9 for 3oz*

*Prices are at time of review and may have changed.