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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Sticky Rice Pu-erh Tuocha from Chicago Tea Garden

Style: Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
May. 30th, 2013

This might be the most peculiar tea I have ever tasted. I received it with a mixture of flavored Sheng and Shu Pu Erh Tuochas and had to try it first because I love sticky rice as a food. The aroma is mostly sweet sticky rice with a slightly fishy undertone from the Pu Erh. The taste is so unusual!!! You can taste the ...

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marlena

(75 reviews)
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Golden Bi Luo from Chicago Tea Garden

Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Oct. 26th, 2010

Huh, a black tea made in the style of a green. How 'bout that? The leaves have been hand-rolled in a heated wok so they seem to be like Bi Luo Chun - Green Snail Spring. This lovely gold dust [from the golden bud hairs] covered tea comes from Yunnan Province, China and tastes much like a usual Yunnan, woodsy, a tad...

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Wild Orange Pu-erh from Chicago Tea Garden

Style: Flavored Pu-erh – Region: China

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 23rd, 2010

I had only had pu-erh once before and thought it was ok, but nothing to get excited about. This didn't really change my mind, but I found it to have an intriguing earthy smell and taste, set off well by putting some skin in to brew with it. Mine didn't have a zesty orange taste, but was rather a pleasant, mild, smoot...

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Melissa Wrzesniewsky

(12 reviews)
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Sticky Rice Pu-erh Tuocha from Chicago Tea Garden

Style: Raw (Sheng) Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 12th, 2010

Good tea, very strange though. It smelled and tasted like Sticky Rice throughout the 7 infusions that I steeped. I'm not sure if I am a big fan of that sticky rice flavor, so I can only see myself drinking this tea every once in a while. Regardless, it was a cool find and an interesting tea to come across.

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Tie Guan Yin Competition Grade from Chicago Tea Garden

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 12th, 2010

Finally got my hands on I’ve only had a sample of this back when Tony opened Chicago Tea Garden, but it left quite the impression on me, as i’m always thinking back to this tea when trying out other Tie Guan Yins. The smell is fruity and floral and the taste replicates the smell quite a bit.The flavor is very smoo...

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Nicole Martin

(1 review)
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Jasmine Scented Pu-erh Tuocha from Chicago Tea Garden

Style: Flavored Pu-erh – Region: Yunnan, China

90 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 21st, 2010

At times it was a little too astringent but at others it was a nice balance between the sweetness of the jasmine and the earthiness of the puerh. All in all though it is a very decent selection, especially for a jasmine addict such as myself

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Alex Zorach

(1431 reviews)
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Large Leaf from Old Trees Pu-erh from Chicago Tea Garden

Style: Pu-erh Tea – Region: Yunnan, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 4th, 2010

I really enjoyed this tea.

I tried brewing this in two different ways...one, as recommended, more leaf, shorter steeping times. The second, using less leaf, but longer steeps. I had much better results with this second method using longer steeping times (I recommend starting with 2-3 minutes and going from there)....

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