REVIEW: LuLin Teas – Puerh Tea Cubed

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Tea: Blended puerh tea from the Yunnan region of China
Sample provided by: Lulin Teas
Retail price: £8.50 for a box of 8 cubed teabags
Link to tea on Lulin website

Tea bag / Dry leaf:
– The tea bag is a stiff mesh cube that easily pops up and keeps it shape with each infusion
– The cube is surprisingly large (approximately 1.75 to 2 inches/4 to 5 centimeters per side)
– Through the mess you can see the cube contains nice full leaves, not fannings or broken tea

Brewed tea:
– The colour of the liquor is amber with a subtle redish tint (almost like a rosé wine)
– The aroma of the tea is extremely pronounced – much bolder than the actual flavour of the liquor
– The liquor has low astringency and is a smooth cuppa
– For me, the brewed tea has many of the classic flavour characteristics of a puerh (bold, earthy, musty), but it does not have a sweet finish that I’ve found in similar puerhs

My tips:
– Because the cube is so big, you will need a big teapot
– You can get numerous infusions out of this tea. Lulin suggests at least three infusions – I would say you can get four or five
– Definitely follow Lulin’s brewing instructions. Only brewing the tea 30 to 45 seconds per infusion gave me a brilliantly smooth cup
– Try this tea after a meal – it is a great digestive!

My score:
4.25/5

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First infusion – 45 seconds

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Leaves removed from cube after third infusion

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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