|"The cup is very smooth and I actually found myself enjoying it and not just trying to finish it.
Rishi lists the ingredients in this as: Organic Fair Trade Certified™ Yunnan Pu-erh tea, Organic ginger, and Organic orange Peel. This is one of the samples that when I saw that it was an option I was immediately excited because I have been dying to try this blend. I have a couple of tea peeps that drink this blend and love it. Unfortunately, they don't live close so I can't hit them up for a cup to check it out. I have actually considered ordering this from Rishi, but because I am not a great lover of Pu-erh, I have been too chicken to place an order out of fear that I will find it disgusting.
I find that Pu-erh tends to have this sort of barnyard aroma to it that is a little off-putting to me. However, that odd Pu-erh aroma is barely detectable in my sample package because it has a very strong ginger presence. There are lots of large ginger and orange peel pieces in this. I brewed this according to Rishi's specs---with boiling water and let it infuse for a full 5 min. This brews up very dark---almost coffee dark. The wet leaves (this is loose leaf) have a slightly stronger presence of that earthy, barnyard aroma, but it is still quite subdued compared to any and all other Pu-erhs that I have tried. Ginger is the primary flavor of the cup, and the orange complements it nicely. The tea base is not masked totally by the flavor profile. It stands on its own and is actually quite good, and notice that I am not saying quite good for Pu-erh. The barnyard quality is next to nothing, and it also doesn't have a soapy taste to it that I have also encountered in some Pu-erh. This is rich and a little earthy. The cup is very smooth and I actually found myself enjoying it and not just trying to finish it.
This receives high praise from me. If you like ginger and like Pu-erh, then there is little doubt in my mind that you will like this. If you are new Pu-erh, then I would consider this to be a great starting point. This is by far the best Pu-erh that I have encountered and I will definitely be purchasing some.
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