Review of Emperor's Puerh - Black Tea

8 of 104 of 53 of 567 of 100

I haven't yet tried too many pu-ehrs, but I'm starting to think they are not for me. This one has both a rich aroma and flavor of loam and crab cakes. If you are into that sort of thing, this tea is probably amazing, but not how I prefer my tea to taste. It's like I made a nice earthy tea, but used the same water I had boiled seafood with. I can't say it's bad, but certainly not to my taste.

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Alex Zorach wrote:
on December 5th, 2016

Before you totally give up on Pu-erhs, I'd recommend trying a green (sheng) Pu-erh that is whole-leaf, i.e. from a compressed tea cake. Unfortunately I don't have any nowadays or I'd offer to send you a bit of one.

People who are seriously into Pu-erh don't usually mess around with tea bags. The compressed tea cakes can be really inexpensive, and then if they're too strong-tasting to drink (some people like them like that) people age them for a few years until they mellow out enough.

It's a completely different world from the "damp basement" or as you describe it, "earthy" or "loam" aroma that a lot of these black (or "shou/shu") pu-erh teas have.

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