Disclaimer: I do not like pu-erh. I should qualify that. I have never tried a pu-erh that I really liked. I have tried flavoured and non, loose leaf and brick-style. I wouldn’t say that I have ever tried top of the line pu but I have no desire to either.
A while ago a friend gave me the David’s Tea pu-erh collection. Which is 8 little containers of different flavoured pu’s. About enough for 2-3 servings of each tea. I hummed and hawed over trading it or giving it away, but I thought because it was a gift, I should at least try the teas. And my friend kept asking me how I liked the tea, so I think I have to stop telling “white” lies and actually try it. In saying that, I did drink the other two teas she got me, so its only half lies – right?? :P
This is the first one to try from the box. I have to admit, I have read a lot of reviews on this so my hopes were no where near high.
On dry smell, it is not too bad. A bit tropical. There are what appears to be coconut shavings and dried fruit mixed in with the tea.
When brewing it appeared that the “coconut shavings” melted and it looked like congealed fat floating on the top of my mug – yuck. After steeping there was no more congealed fat but there was a thick oil slick left over floating on top of the tea trying to trap any fish or birds that got too close.
The smell of the dry tea is like super dried up nuts, no sweetness, very dry type of smell. Almost smelled dusty.
On first taste, I have to admit it is not horrible, but it is only tolerable. I do not get that pu earthy taste but it does taste dusty to me. There is a dry, nutty flavour, which could be coconut but doesn’t have the sweetness or wetness of coconut. There is a slight kind of fruity flavour, but it is more like dried fruit that has been sitting out too long and doesn’t have much taste left. Astringency is left on my palate.
Anyway, not my favorite for flavour, but willing to try. I didn’t expect to like it so that might have tainted my review.
Edit: Just realized my “coconut shavings” were actually white chocolate shavings. Ha, explains a little bit, but not a lot.