Wild Orange Pu-erh – Chicago Tea Garden

Orange you glad I found this tea? OK, enough with the bad puns. I debated trying this tea for some time and in the end decided to order just a sample (a long with several other goodies). It is a clementine that has been hollowed out, filled with tea and then aged. According to Chicago Tea Garden , these were obtained in Guandong, China in 2005 and since then have been aged in man-made pu-erh caves in the United States. I brewed this tea in a gaiwan, steeping for 45 seconds on the first infusion and gradually increasing for each subsequent steeping. The liquor was lighter than I expected, with a definite orange tint to it.

This tea was surprisingly smooth and mellow with only a slight cooling, citrus aftertaste. It was earthy but not in the “forest floor” way that pu-erh is synonymous with. In fact at times I found myself wishing that this tea had a bit more of a bite to it. That being said, sometimes a nice mellow tea is exactly what the doctor ordered. It lasted quite a few infusions without loosing any of the original strength or character. All in all it was a thoroughly enjoyable and peculiar foray into the world of pu-erh. I would definitely recommend this tea.

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.