As most of you know by now Chicago Tea Garden is closing. So I saw this as my last chance to try and get my hands on a Pu-erh and Zealong I’d had my eye on for some time. Lucky for me I was able to snatch up one of the last two pouches of Wild Orange Pu-erh (Thank you again Tony!)
I broke my own rule of not opening new teas right away…well because I’d been really wanting to try this one for quite some time. So I did. I also knew I had just the seasoned pot to do it in too!
That’s right – I broke out Squeaker to do the honors. After all I’d prepped him for pu-erhs and it was time for him to give it his all. Let me tell you he did very well! I added in what I had seen others suggest for this tea and also included a bit of the peel in with the leaves as I’d also heard this too was a must. I loved the dry leaf smell, very much like a Pu-erh, but with a great hint of orange that had my mouth watering.
My first infusion was all pu-erh with the hint of something more to come. The second infusion brought out more of the orange flavoring I had smelled with the dry leaf. It was worth the waite really. By the third infusion (where I am now) I’m getting a light orange bit of sorts on the finish. Which I might have said months ago was just weird and wrong….actually months ago I would have NEVER thought of trying a pu-erh let along one like this. Sadly, my tiny cup and pot are empty…which means I need more!
But I do want to wish Tony the best with his future tea plans. He isn’t going anywhere he tells us. In fact he plans to be more involved! Which I naturally think is awesome. So I wish him much tea and happiness in his future and thank him for some truly fantastic teas!
This week look for two, that’s right TWO more posts from me.
*Say Goodbye – Dave Matthews Band