Review: KTeas Pu’erh Leaf Tea

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Not Great"While not bitter or sour in taste per se, and while a smoothness to the tea is also present, there's a harsh and slightly biting quality to the sip that hits and fills up the back of the throat in a way that I find unappealing."
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kteaslogoKTea's loose leaf offering of Pu-erh tea is sourced organically and is comprised of short, black leaves. I followed recommended brewing procedure and used a teaspoon of leaf per 8 ounces of water, freshly boiled. I tried out two different steepings of this tea using 4 and 5 minute initial infusions, respectively. The scent of the brewed tea is strongly earthy and with a fermented pitch to the nose. Sweet overtones are notable as well. The taste of the tea, however, is somewhat more dusty and earthy in flavor than I'm accustomed to in pu-erh tea. While not bitter or sour in taste per se, and while a smoothness to the tea is also present, there's a harsh and slightly biting quality to the sip that hits and fills up the back of the throat in a way that I find unappealing. Adjustment of brewing time did not seem to help with this problem. The finish is a little dry.

For a second infusion, I found that the tea developed a sort of rooty taste that I found quite unappealing and actually couldn't finish. The taste was reminiscent of a badly washed and roasted beet. I didn't think the second infusion had much quality in terms of body, either. While the first has a smoothness to it that lends a sense of fullness in the mouth, the second is much more watery - carrying on the harshness of the first infusion but without any body.

There are many far better pu-erh options out there (K Teas, in fact, offers a tuo cha form of pu-erh that is very enjoyable indeed). I can't honestly recommend this one and think that if this was someone's first experience with pu-erh that they might get the wrong impression of pu-erh teas.

— To purchase KTeas Pu’erh Leaf Tea, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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