Black Tea Review: Persimmon Tree Tea Earl Grey Crème

Earl Grey Creme

Company/Brand Name: Persimmon Tree Tea

Name: Earl Grey Crème

Category: An Organic and Biodynamic Flavored Black Tea

Form: Loose Leaf

Origin of the Leaf: Unknown

The Leaves: Beautiful midnight black leaves with bits of delicate cornflowers

Additions: Organic Cornflowers, Organic Oil of Bergamot, Natural Flavors

Flavor: An intoxicating dance of rich tasting black tea, French vanilla and bergamot, with a touch of citrus.

Overall: Not only does this tea have a stunning presentation, it also captivates the senses with a tantalizing fragrance and brilliantly delicious blend of flavors. I have to say that this is the best Earl Grey Crème tea I’ve sampled to date! It’s soooo rich and creamy tasting!

Tea Review:

When I removed the lid, I was immediately enchanted by the perfume of the leaves. Momentarily, I was transported to some far off imaginary place where the warm night air whispers tales of young love and exotic mystery.

Once I came back to reality and got around to actually brewing up a pot of tea, I was not disappointed.

The smell of the brewed tea is just as captivating and beguiling as the dried leaves. Each sip is a dance of robust black tea, warm notes of vanilla and sensuous bergamot. Behind the scenes is just the right touch of delicate citrus to underscore the melody of flavors.

The overall feel is one of sheer luxury.

Persimmon Tree Tea Packaging

Packaging:

First off, I have to tell you that I was swept off my feet as soon as I opened the box that this tea was shipped in.

What met my eyes was a charmingly decorated mini-tea tin nestled in light-brown paper shred. I felt like I had just received a gift in the mail from a very special someone.

For some reason this beautiful display encouraged me to open the tea tin right then and there.

Preparation Method:

According to the Persimmon Tree Tea canister, one teaspoon is to be used per cup of 195F water (preferably filtered) for 3-5 minutes.

I tend to like my black tea on the strong side, so I steeped the leaves for about 4-5 minutes in my 6-ounce glass teapot, which resulted in the luxurious flavor reported in this review.

For larger amounts, I also used my PersonaliTEA teapot.

Additional Notes:

Infusions – If desired this tea can be infused at least twice, but I found the first cup to be the best.

Iced Tea On the tea tin I received with the Earl Grey Crème, there were iced tea directions, so I decided to give this tea a try over ice.

All I can say is that it makes a brilliant glass of ice tea; all the wonderful flavors that this tea reveals when hot are also present when chilled. This is going to be a wonderful treat come summer!

I Want This Tea!

If you’d like to purchase this tea just click the link below, it will take you directly to the Persimmon Tree Tea web page. Enjoy!

Persimmon Tree Tea

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Living a Loose Leaf Tea Lifestyle: A Commitment?

Tea Time

It has been just four short months since I made the commitment to start drinking loose tea. I thought it would be fun to take a look back and see what changes I’ve made to accommodate my loose tea lifestyle.

Loose Tea Seemed Too Complicated

During my tea bag years the thought of drinking loose tea seemed much too complicated.

First of all, I had no idea how to steep the leaves without having leafy chunks in my cup. Using an infuser/filter was a totally foreign concept to me at the time. Consequently, I placed the idea of drinking loose tea into an imaginary box in my mind labeled: I don’t have time to figure this out right now.

Plus, if it wasn’t on the grocery store shelf, I didn’t buy it. I was totally resistant to trying something new. This was partly due to the fact that I had had many undesirable taste experiences with off-the-shelf brands.

When I finally found a tea brand that I liked, I stuck to that brand for years. I ended up drinking a very limited selection of tea and rarely left my comfort zone of safe teas to drink.

But for some reason, a few months ago I decided to venture outside the tea bag. This required a few changes in how I approached buying and preparing tea. In a way, my loose tea drinking had become a commitment I was willing to make.

The Loose Leaf Tea Commitment

Here are the changes I’ve made to accommodate my new loose tea lifestyle.

Change #1:

I now spend a lot more time on the purchasing process. Unlike tea bags, I can’t simply go down to my local grocery store and find a variety of loose teas. Instead, I have to go online or travel an hour away to find a teashop.

I find myself spending a good 30 to 90 minutes every couple months on tea webstores like Adagio, American Tea Room and Art of Tea. Part of that time is spent reading tea reviews. The rest of the time, I’m like a kid in a candy store who can’t make up her mind which tea to buy because they all look so good!

When I only bought tea at the grocery store, the main challenge was trying to find a tea that actually tasted good. Now, my main challenge is trying to choose among a wide selection of delicious teas I want to try!

Change #2:

Next, drinking loose tea does require some additional equipment.

Tea Accessories

First of all, an infuser basket (e.g., Finum Brewing Basket) teapot or paper filter (e.g., Finum Paper Filter) is a necessity. That is if you don’t want tea leaves floating in your brew.

Here again, like trying to find loose tea locally, it is very difficult to find a variety (if any) infusers or teapots in my hometown. Unless of course, I want to use a tea ball strainer. Ugh! I’ve learned that these contraptions are fairly useless—they don’t allow enough room for the tea leaves to expand during steeping.

Another tea accessory I have found handy is a thermometer; I use it when I want to make sure the water temperature is just right for the tea I want to prepare. Luckily, it is pretty easy to find a thermometer at nearly any store that sells kitchen gadgets.

In addition, I’ve spent a small fortune on just tea canisters to keep the tea fresh longer. I also like to use a teaspoon to measure the tea. I’m not very good at using the “just a pinch” method of measurement.

Lastly, something I’ve come to believe is a requisite to fully enjoy the taste of loose tea is a water filtration system. I personally use an inexpensive Brita Water Pitcher with Filter and have found it quite convenient.

Change #3:

I’ve also been taking a little more time to prepare loose tea.

First, I use my Brita Water Pitcher to filter fresh tap water.

Next, I wash my infuser basket or teapot (if I haven’t done so already). If using a paper filter, I can skip this step. But I think it actually takes more time trying to get the tea to fit into a small paper filter then it does to measure it into an infuser basket or teapot. Therefore, I don’t use paper filters very often.

Then, I measure the tea with a teaspoon and place in teapot or infuser basket.

Once the water has been filtered, I pour it into an Electric Water Kettle and wait for the water to boil.

If I’m steeping tea that needs a water temperature below boiling, like a green tea, this takes a little extra time. I have to wait for the water to cool to the temperature I want before adding the leaves to brew. Although, it’s definitely worth the wait!

Lastly, I pour the hot water over the tea leaves and let them steep for the appropriate amount of time based on the tea I am using.

Overall, it really doesn’t take that much more time to brew a cup of loose tea than it takes to use a conventional tea bag but, it feels like it takes much longer.

It’s all perception I guess.

It Is Worth the Commitment

Despite having to spend a little extra time planning my tea purchases, finding tea accessories and preparing loose leaf tea, the effort is worth it.

I’ve never enjoyed tea as much as I have these past four months. Tea bags just cannot compare to loose tea when it comes to taste. It’s worth the commitment.

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What are your thoughts about loose tea being a commitment? Or, how do you prepare your loose tea?

Does Bad Mood Equal Bad Tea?

My White Gibson Teacup

Yesterday, I decided to open a sample pack of Grand Imperial Yunnan I had purchased from the America Tea Room and ended up having a wonderful tasting experience. The flavors were rich and complex with hints of dark chocolate and black pepper. Yum!

I was looking forward to re-living that experience today, but alas my cup only gave me an apparition of the taste I had experienced 24 hours ago.

Not to long ago, I happened to have watched a video where Gary Vaynerchuk commented on how the flavor of wine can change based on one’s mood, which got me thinking: If mood can affect the taste of wine, why not tea?

Looking back on my day and comparing it to the day before, I realized that I was feeling a bit more rushed and on edge today. I also didn’t take time to savor the flavor of each sip. I drank my tea somewhat mindlessly because my thoughts were elsewhere.

I do think there is something to mood affecting flavor. I’ll have to investigate further.

For now, I’ll give the Grand Imperial Yunnan another try and focus on taking a few minutes to relax and enjoy all the nuances of taste my teacup provides.

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What are your thoughts about mood affecting the taste of tea?

I Love Lemon

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For some reason I was in the mood for lemon yesterday. I did have a few Bigelow “I Love Lemon” tea bags squirreled away in a drawer, so I steeped one of those up. The taste wasn’t too bad, it was actually quite refreshing. But, it got me thinking about lemon tea.

My Lemon Tea History:

I’ve never really explored all the varieties of lemon tea before. In fact, in addition to the Bigelow tea above, the only other lemon tea I’ve tried recently is the Tazo Zen(which happens to be one of my favorite summer time teas).

Oh, I almost forgot that my mom used to buy Lipton’s instant tea with lemon (unsweetened) when we were kids. Although, I never drank the stuff since I was more of a soda fan at the time.

In my college years, however, I did chug down quite a few containers of the diet (artificially sweetened) instant lemon, peach and raspberry tea. Nothing like a glass of “foamy” tea! I would dump some instant ice tea powder into a glass, then turn on the tap and fill the glass with water; this always gave the tea a nice head of foam. Those were the days!

Adding Lemon Slices to Tea:

And of course, how could I forget the days I used to always order iced tea with lemon.

Unfortunately, several years ago I watched and exposé news story that unveiled all the bacteria lurking in lemons served with beverages in restaurants.

Yummy Lemon Flavored Water!

As a side-note, just Google “lemon slices in restaurants” to learn more, if you dare. Because, I haven’t ordered water or tea with lemon since learning about it.

In fact, this information pretty much turned me off of eating-out all together (but that’s another story). So, if you love ordering tea with lemon, forget I said anything!

At home, though, I do love to add lemon slices to my water just to give it a little extra flavor.

I rarely add a lemon slice to tea unless it’s a plain-black-iced-tea like the kind you would brew from a Lipton tea bag. In fact, I’m not a big fan of adding real lemon to already brewed tea in general, but I do like the taste of lemon flavored tea…okay that is just strange!

Looking for Lemon Tea:

Since I’ve been drinking more loose tea these days, I am thinking that I need to re-explore more lemon flavored teas. Perhaps, there are even some teas with real lemon bits? It will certainly be fun to investigate more thoroughly; my mouth is already watering!

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Do you have any “lemon teas” that you can recommend?

Organic & Fair Trade Tea from Persimmon Tree Tea

Persimmon Tree Tea Tins

Yesterday, I stopped at the Post Office to check to see if any new teas had arrived, and I was pleased to see a package from Persimmon Tree Tea. This is the first tea vendor I’ve run across that provides only organic and fair trade teas. I think that’s pretty cool!

Anyway, back to my new package…

Upon opening the box, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the tea blends all came in beautiful little mini-tins, which were all nestled in brown gift shred.

Usually, I am pretty laid-back about trying new tea. I’ll put-off any temptation by telling myself to wait for the “right time.” Translation: When I feel like it.

But, for some reason I just couldn’t wait to tear into each sample of tea and give them each a whiff. It must have been the packaging that got me all excited!

After taking in the indulgent fragrance of each tea, I got pretty eager to try each one then and there. Within a span of a couple hours I had tasted each of the four teas I had received.

Here are my initial thoughts.

Chocolate Banana (rooibos blend): Wow! It tastes like real banana. I really enjoyed my first cup of this blend.

Coconut Cacao (pu-er blend): Interesting, reminds me of licorice for some reason and usually I don’t like that particular flavor, but in this tea it was quite subtle and appealing.

Vanilla Chai (rooibos blend): Not too excited about this one, but a decent chai. I would have liked it better if there had been a slight creamy taste to underscore the spice, but that is a personal preference.

Earl Grey Crème (black tea blend): Yum! This is one of the best Earl Grey teas I’ve tasted. Of course, I’ve only tried three others my entire life and they were all of the bagged variety. Yet, I couldn’t get this tea out of my mind all day today! Therefore, numerous cups of this blend where drunken throughout the day.

Vendor Provided Sample: Yes

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Photo Credit: A Girl With Tea

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What is your favorite tea packaging?

Obstacles to Drinking Loose Tea in a Cubicle

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Life in a cubicle can be a challenge, especially when trying to appreciate loose tea, so I’ve found myself resorting to old habits: the tea bag.

Three Main Obstacles

For me, there seems to be three main obstacles when trying to drink loose tea in a cubicle:

1. Access to good tasting water

2. Access to a way to heat the water (other than a microwave)

3. Time

First off, I have to admit that I am quite fortunate because hot (not boiling) water is readily available in my work area. However, it tastes funky, like it has been sitting in a metal container for too long.

There is of course the option to bring in a water filtration system, such as a Brita Water Pitcher with Filter (like I use at home). But, that doesn’t solve the problem of having a heat source to boil the water. Heating elements outside of the break-room are not allowed for safety reasons.

I do have access to a microwave, but I’m not fond of how the water tastes when boiled in it. The water seems to take on a strange flat like taste, making it not much better than the hot water already being supplied.

Then there is the matter of time: It can take a little more time to drink loose tea than use the convenient tea bag.

For instance, I’ve got to take the loose tea and put it into some type of filter (e.g., Finum Brewing Basket, T-Sac or Teapot) to keep my tea free from leafy chunks. This wouldn’t be any big deal but, I have back-to-back appointments and barely have enough time to pee let alone make a cup of tea. Ha! That rhymed!

Tazo Awake Tea

I guess loose tea just isn’t going to be an option at work for now. Maybe someday I’ll be able to work at home! Yep, that’s the ticket to ever-flowing delicious tea while working!

For now, I will continue to use my tried and true friend the tea bag. I am quite found of Tazo Awake tea (and consider it one of my staple teas) because it does a good job of covering-up the taste of not-so-desirable water. I am happy with that.

One Alternative

Although, I could bring a thermos filled with hot water to work with me. But, I am not sure if it would keep the water hot long enough to quench my thirst for tea. It might work for a cup or two at the beginning of my day. I guess I won’t know until I give it a try.

Appreciating Clean Water

As I get near to finishing this post, I realize that I have a lot to be thankful for, including clean water to drink.

There are so many people around the world without access to un-contaminated water and here I am complaining about flat tasting water at work. With that said, I’m going to be a bit more mindful of appreciating clean water, even if it does taste a bit funky.

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Do you have any thoughts about drinking tea in a cubicle? Or, what is one tea that you tend to always have on hand?

Black Tea Review: Adagio Yunnan Noir

Company/Brand Name: Adagio

Yunnan Noir

Name: Yunnan Noir

Category: Black Tea

Form: Loose Leaf

Origin of the Leaf: Yunnan, China

The Leaves: Unique looking leaves, with plenty of golden tea buds that are swirled and curled into snail like shapes.  Once the leaves are steeped there are many full leaves to be found.

Additions: None

Flavor: A rich, malty, brisk, full-bodied and sensuous tea with a hint of bitter-sweet dark chocolate.

Overall: The Yunnan Noir has wonderful bold and rich flavor, which is simple yet extravagant.  It has become one of my favorite black teas.

Tea Review:

I have so looked forward to writing this review; because I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every sip of Adagio’s Yunnan Noir.

My first impression was that this was a rich and robust tasting black tea, which immediately reminded me of my coffee drinking days.

As I searched deeper into my cup I found an earthy-maltiness which really seemed to give this tea its full-bodied flavor.

Then there was the hint of bitter-sweet dark chocolate that lingered in the back ground, just waiting to be discovered. This note of chocolate adds to the overall richness of the Yunnan Noir. 

This is actually the first tea I’ve sampled that has a distinguishable and consistent dark chocolate flavor, or maybe I’m just getting better at detecting it!

To top it all off, this tea has a nice briskness to it which rounds out the tea very nicely and leaves a tangy taste sensation on the tip of my tongue after each sip.

For some reason, when trying to describe this tea the word sultry keeps coming to mind. I think it is because this tea has some sexiness to it.

It has a beautifully warm and rich taste that is simply captivating. Then it gives you a light, sensuous slap of astringency, just enough to engage the senses, not so much as to leave you feeling turned-off. Lastly, you’re left with a tingly tongue that begs for more tea.

See tea can be sexy!

Adagio Sample Packaging

Packaging:

I ordered the sample size of this tea. It came in a foil-lined pouch with the name of the tea and steeping instructions on the front. Plus, the bag is re-sealable.

Preparation Tips:

I followed the instructions on the Adagio bag: 1 heaping teaspoon per cup for 3-5 minutes at 212F. Then, I steeped the leaves for about 5 minutes, which resulted in the nice strong and sensuous flavor reported in this review.

I used my one-serving glass teapot, which holds about 6 ounces of liquid.

I also used my PersonaliTEA teapot to sample larger quantities of this tea.

Additional Notes:

Infusions – If desired this tea can be infused at least twice, with acceptable results.

When doing multiple infusions, I did the first infusion for 2 minutes. This gave a nice brisk and malty tasting brew, but lacked depth. For a second steep I did 5 minutes, and had pretty much the same result.

I found that one infusion of the Yunnan Noir gave the best cup of tea.

I Want This Tea!

If you’d like to purchase this tea, just click the link below. Enjoy!

Adagio

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Chai Tea Review: Stash Holiday Chai

Stash Holiday Chai

Company/Brand Name: Stash

Name: Holiday Chai

Category: Black Tea Blend (Seasonal)

Form: Tea Bag (Paper)

Origin of the Leaf: Unknown

The Leaves: Not applicable because the leaves are finely ground and hidden inside the typical tea bag exterior

Additions: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ginger Root, Allspice, Clove, Gingerbread, Rum, Nutmeg Flavors

Flavor: A spiced black tea, where the nutmeg flavor seems to play the leading role

Overall: A mixture of spices that seem to hide the flavor of the black tea, rather than compliment it.

Tea Review:

I admit, I’m not a big fan of Chai flavored tea and therefore have not made many attempts to drink it. In all, I have only drunk two types of Chai tea, other than this one, all of the bagged variety.

I guess I should explain why I don’t like Chai tea just to set the stage here: It’s too spicy.

Of course, that is the point of Chai and why I presume that so many people select it as their tea of choice.

Knowing this about myself, I did try to approach this tea review with an open mind and did drink several cups of the Holiday Chai to get a good feel for the tea’s overall flavor.

I’ll be honest, I’m still not impressed. The spicy flavors in this tea seem to be chaotically mushed together to cover up a poor quality black tea.

If I were to have an expectation for Chai, I would want the flavors to be crisp and distinct; coming together in a dance of spice and enhanced by a creamy, robust black tea.

Perhaps I am asking for too much. Although, I’m starting to think that I might actually like Chai if I could find the combination I had just described. But, it is not to be in this version of Chai tea.

In addition, to not being impressed with the overall flavor, I was disappointed to not experience any gingerbread or rum flavors, which the label on the box claims to be present in this tea blend: “A warming winter drink infused with gingerbread and rum.”

Unless, of course, that strange acidic taste is the rum…not having tasted pure rum my entire life, I guess I am not one to question the rum flavor. But, I do love gingerbread and I certainly didn’t experience that flavor in this chai tea.

What I did taste, without a doubt, was nutmeg. It really stole the show.

Just to make sure I was on target, I rummaged through my spices and took a taste of nutmeg straight from the jar and bingo, definitely nutmeg. That could be the reason I am not a fan of this version of Chai, I like nutmeg behind the scenes, not as the lead actor in my food and drink.

So, if you love nutmeg, this may be just the tea for you!

Packaging:

Stash Holiday Chai Packet

This chai tea comes in a cardboard box and each tea is sealed in a foil packet.

Preparation Tips:

I followed the directions printed on the box: “Bring fresh water to a rolling boil. Pour hot water directly over the tea bag in a pre-heated pot or cup. Brew 3-5 minutes or to desired taste.”  Since the directions didn’t specify how much water to use, I went with the general guideline of one cup.

I Want This Tea!

If you’d like to purchase this tea from Amazon.com just click the link below. Enjoy!

Stash Holiday Chai

Vendor Provided Sample: No

Affiliate Links: Yes

Photo Credit: A Girl With Tea

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Black Tea Review: Trader Joe’s Vanilla & Cinnamon

Trader Joe's Vanilla & Cinnamon

Company/Brand Name: Trader Joe’s

Name: Vanilla & Cinnamon Black Tea

Category: Black Tea, Flavored (Seasonal)

Form: Tea Bag (Paper)

Origin of the Leaf: Unknown

The Leaves: Not applicable because the leaves are finely ground and hidden inside the typical tea bag exterior

Additions: Vanilla, Natural Flavors, Cinnamon

Flavor: The cinnamon and vanilla flavors are a bit muddy tasting, yet they still work well together

Overall: I’m a sucker for any vanilla and cinnamon tea combination, even if the brew is a bit weak!

Tea Review:

When I first purchased this tea, I was wondering if it would taste similar to one of my favorite holiday teas, which is Celestial Seasonings Nutcracker Sweet. They both have exactly the same ingredients: vanilla, “other natural flavors” and cinnamon.

As soon as I got home and opened the wax seal, I knew that I had been correct in my assumption.

While allowing the tea to steep, the resulting fragrance pales in comparison to the Nutcracker Sweet’s inviting aroma.

I had a similar experience with the taste. The flavor is suggestive of vanilla and cinnamon, but it makes for a rather weak brew. Although, I found I could compensate for this by simply using less water.

At times, I got a little bit of a paper-y taste. Overall, the flavors were rather muddied; not clean and crisp tasting. It was difficult to distinguish the vanilla and cinnamon individually, but the combination somehow works out to make a sweet tasting holiday treat.

In conclusion, the Trader Joe’s brand just didn’t have that extra oomph of the Nutcracker Sweet, but would do in a pinch.

Packaging:

This holiday tea came in a rectangular cardboard box. The tea bags are square in shape and layered in twos on top of each other in a wax-lined paper seal. Because two tea bags are connected, you’ve got to tear them apart to use just one.

Trader Joes Vanilla and Cinnamon

Preparation Tips:

Per usual, I simply followed the directions printed on the box: “Pour boiling water directly over tea bag in a cup and let steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove tea bag.”  Since no instructions were given regarding the amount of water to use, I went with the general guideline of 8-ounces. However, I would recommend 6-ounces to obtain a better flavor.

One thing I did find out accidentally, is that this tea can steep for quite a while without getting bitter.

Additional Notes:

Dessert Tea – I would classify this as a dessert tea, because it does taste sweet due to the vanilla and cinnamon combination.

Holiday Tea – For some reason the warms notes of vanilla and cinnamon seem to be well suited for the holidays.

I Want This Tea!

If you’d like to purchase this tea, you’ll have to live near a Trader Joes (because it isn’t available online) and wait until the holidays when it will be in stock again 🙂

Vendor Provided Sample: No

Affiliate Links: No

Photo Credit:  A Girl With Tea 

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Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.

No More “Fishy” Tea Please

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Today, I tried puerh for the first time. It’s an experience I won’t soon forget!

A New Tea Experience

I decided to start the day with a new tea, something I had never tried before.

After several minutes of deliberation, I selected a puerh I had purchased a couple months ago from a teashop that sourced its teas straight from China. Therefore, I was expecting a rather unique tea experience, which I got, but not in the way I was expecting!

I was thinking that puerh would taste like black tea; it doesn’t. But, I didn’t know that when I sat down with my breakfast and cup of warm brew.

As I was eating my morning meal, I took a sip of puerh. Big mistake! I discovered that drinking puerh while eating peanut butter, banana and toast is not a good combo!

After I recovered from my moment of repulsion, I elected to finish my morning meal and then investigate the strange tea flavor in my cup.

Fishy Tasting Tea

Once breakfast was completed, I came back to my still warm brew and took another sip. That Ew! Factor was still there. In fact, I found the taste to be quite dreadful.

But, I really wanted to understand why I didn’t like the flavor, so I took another sip.

Then it hit me; my tea tasted fishy.

Not being a big fan of fish or any type of seafood for that matter, it made sense why I was repulsed by the taste.

Yet, I was also fascinated by how the tea leaves can acquire such a fishy flavor. It got me to wondering if puerh is grown near the ocean. Perhaps it’s where the tea is cultivated that makes it taste so strange. I guess I’ll have to investigate further.

I May Never Try Puerh Again

Despite my fascination with why tea would taste fishy, I just couldn’t bring myself to drink any more puerh.

I also found myself questioning whether I wanted to venture further into the world of loose tea. I’ve had bad tea, but never tea that had me literally wanting to run away from it.

Plus, I spent most of the day with a fishy-seaweed-like-taste in my mouth. My puerh experience certainly left quite an impression on my taste buds!

On the other hand, I do want to be more adventuresome and try new things. I’ve been fantasizing recently about traveling to far-off places to taste exotic teas. However, I don’t think I’d make very many friends abroad with that Ew! look on my face.

I guess, I’ll just have to put on my big girl panties and be prepared for new surprises, good or bad. That’s what makes life interesting, right?

This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.

Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.

P.S. I haven’t given up on puerh yet! I’ll give it a try again someday…

Have you have had a tea that you strongly disliked?