Never has a tea been cuter and disappointed me more.

The Pu-erh is tucked down into the mandarin, just as advertised, and I was very pleased when I opened it. Then I smelled it…no hint of orange and it smelled very odd.

I had some friends over at the time and we all kept sniffing, trying to figure out what it reminded us of. Finally, someone hit on it: dirty hamster bedding. Kind of a cedar/must/mulch smell.

Well, I thought maybe it would taste better than it smelled, so I went ahead and brewed it.


Re-brewed, just in case it got better.


I suppose it’s a matter of taste, but stewed cedar is not a flavor I care for.

Flavors: Cedar, Dirt, Musty

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Rating system

90-100- Great! Definitely in my stash
70-89- Good. Something I’d drink out and about, but wouldn’t buy for myself
40-69-Drinkable, but I would never chose it.
10-39-Not good.
0-9 Wouldn’t recommend to my worst enemy. Really terrible.


Charleston, WV



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