Down to Earth is a Great Value Puer from Teasource
Tea : Down to Earth
Website: Down to Earth
Website description: The perfect daily companion. Soft texture and earthy aromatics with just enough barnyard to make it feel like home. Wallet-friendly and representative of the standard.
All ripe puer comes from the Xishuangbanna region of southern Yunnan Province, China. It starts out as raw puer, but then goes through a final step of “pile fermentation” where they pile it up, apply moisture, and cover it for a period of time to achieve microbiological change. The result is intensely earthy and smooth.
Water: 240 ml/ approximately 6 oz
Temperature: 208 F
Steep Time: 5 minutes for 2 gm
My Review System: https://artofthepair.com/tea-overview/
My Overall Impression (Score of 87%)
It’s been a while since I’ve had a Puer tea. I’ve been hoarding my last few small bricks from Lahaha that I used to get at Central market in Texas. I can’t find them anymore as I believe the company is no longer selling them. I didn’t put much hope for this blend from Teasource and again, I’ve been proven wrong by them. This is a great introduction to Puer, especially for the price point.
When I brewed this, it reminded me of why I love Puer so much. Plain and simple, its depth is incredible. Yes, it’s a strong brew and that’s why I love it. It’s a punch in the taste buds that I find invigorating. I used to drink this in the morning for those dragging days. Now, I love drinking this in the late afternoon with some heavy charcuterie.
For the price point, you can’t say no. It’s a great tea…the cost is icing on the cake.
The price as of 1/9/24 is $9.00 for 4 oz or 113 gm.
- 113 gm / 2 gm for steeping = 56 cups (6 oz.)
- 56 cups from package = 16 cents per cup
Typically, I double steep all my teas (use the tea twice) so I can get 56 cups or approximately 9 cents per cup. You can steep this one for a third time without a loss of flavor. Best value ever
- In the bag, instant notes of heavy tobacco, charred wood, and an old barnyard (like walking through an old barn – pleasant). It reminded me of a cheese trip to WI when we walked through dairy farms.
- This is followed by hints of toasted malt and deep roasted mushroom notes.
- Once brewed, the aroma blend changes to lower tobacco notes with creamy toasted malt and dried cremini mushrooms.
- Add hints of toffee, molasses, some ash, tar, roasted nuts, and wet compost.
- Exceptionally inviting tea from the first sip.
- Phenomenal big flavors of cocoa, tobacco, toasted malt, and dried meats.
- This is followed by notes of rich toffee, dried leather finishing with a smoky residue.
- Slightly astringent due to the large tannins but lovely full bodied with a great coating mouthfeel.
- Aromas (4.4/5)
- Flavors (8.5/10)
- Overall impression (4.4/5)
- Total score = 87.0 percent (17.4/20)
Foods to Pair and Why
- First of all, I love Puer as it’s big, bold, and filled with lots of depth and structure. This one is no exception.
- Every thought that I had was related to mushrooms and the options that I could create with them. For an appetizer, I love phyllo tart shells filled with sauteed shitake mushrooms with a hint of curry and cream.
- For a salad (and dinner) option, a warm grilled portabella that had been marinated in teriyaki sauce and grilled served alongside a thin ribeye done the same over a salad with a sake infused dressing would be perfect.
- For a vegetarian option, wild rice cooked in vegetable stock with sauteed or roasted oyster mushrooms would be a great option to match with the brew.
- As for dessert, I was craving a dark bittersweet chocolate mousse with some of the puer tea infused in the cream would be a nice finish.