drank Pu'erh Tangerine by Great Tea Road Co.
1843 tasting notes

2021 Homemade Advent Calendar Swap – Day 5
From Skysamurai.

I’ve fallen a day behind in my Advent swap, so I’m starting my day with yesterday’s tea. I’ll forever be in awe of those of you who do more than one Advent calendar at a time. I drink too slowly or get distracted and take all day to finish my cup.

When I opened Day 5’s package, I thought at first it was another tuocha nugget. Much to my happy surprise, it’s a puerh-stuffed tangerine! I’ve always wanted to try one of these. I wasn’t sure how to steep it, so I watched a few videos but ended up following the instructions on Great Tea Road Co.’s website. I put the whole tangerine in a brew basket, did a quick rinse, then steeped with boiling water for 5 minutes. The aroma is floral orange blossom, so lovely! The flavor is lighter than I expected for puerh, so on the second steep I opened the tangerine to empty the tea and cut the peel into strips before steeping. I did another 5 minute steep with boiling water, and the color is much darker and flavor much deeper this time around.

This was such a fun experience and I’m so glad I finally got to try one of these. Thanks, Skysamurai!!

Flavors: Floral, Orange Blossom

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Lifetime student. Lover of books and paper and ink. Kitchen dweller. Aspiring herbalist, excessively proud cat lady, and tea fanatic. Thirty-something elder millennial. She/her.

I love flavored black teas most of all, always with cream and honey. I enjoy floral and fruity teas, as well as flavored or scented ones. I’m not overly fond of green or white teas, but I’ve found a few that I enjoy.

I’m open to tea swaps and/or just sharing what’s in my tea cabinet! Please reach out if you see something I have that you’d like to try. I do my best to update my cupboard regularly.

Any and all black teas, smoky teas, raspberry, strawberry, red fruits, bergamot, chai spices, floral teas, caramel/toffee, jasmine, rose, vanilla, peaches, plums, valerian root, cinnamon, cardamom

Not a huge fan
White teas, green teas, artificial sweeteners, sarsaparilla, licorice, lemongrass, lavender, hot hibiscus, hibiscus in black tea blends

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband, James, who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-49: This tea is not good, but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

50-69: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

70-79: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

80-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

Updated May 2022.


Alabaster, Alabama



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