|"I found this blend to be, simply put, extremely well done and delicious. I am hoping that Rishi does a nice Holiday sale because if they do, then some of this will be joining my personal tea stash."|
You know, I really want to love Pu-erh. I have found a scarce few Pu-erh blends that I have liked let alone loved. That earthy, sweet barnyard-ish taste kinda puts me off a bit. However, due to all of the wonderful digestive properties in Pu-erh, I continue my search. When a company that I know and trust like Rishi comes out with a new Pu-erh blend, then I have to try it. As a side note, my current favorite Pu-erh blend to date is Rishi's Ginger Pu-erh. Good stuff---and not just for Pu-erh.
Rishi lists the ingredients in this blend as Organic Fair Trade Certified™ Yunnan Pu-erh tea, organic vanilla, organic peppermint, organic cinnamon and organic Licorice Root. I infused this with water that had been brought to a full boil for close to 6 min as per Rishi's instructions. The aroma coming from cup does, in fact, have that sort of odd sweet smell that I associate with Pu-erh. This brews up to a very dark brown liquid. While I braced myself to possibly be grossed out as I took my first sip, I was greeted by a surprisingly delicious cuppa! The flavor profile is largely dominated by peppermint, and if you've ever had Rishi's peppermint, then you know that it is very fresh and delicious. It is accompanied by a mellow vanilla undertone and a bit of cinnamon on the finish. The licorice root creates a nice base for the other flavors and keeps the sweetness of the Pu-erh at bay a bit. Somehow this flavor profile marries surprisingly well with the Pu-erh used. This is possibly because much of the Pu-erh flavor is masked by the strong peppermint and licorice root. However, somehow the rich body of the Pu-erh, and even a touch of some underlying sweetness, just works in this blend. Per Rishi's recommendation, I did go ahead and add a bit of rock cane sugar and a splash of vanilla soy. This was also good, but I think I actually preferred this sans any dairy but with a touch of sweetener.
I found this blend to be, simply put, extremely well done and delicious. I am hoping that Rishi does a nice Holiday sale because if they do, then some of this will be joining my personal tea stash. Ok, I think this one will be joining my tea stash regardless. I do still also love their Ginger Pu-erh and, while these are totally different flavor profiles, I can't help but wonder if adding a pinch of that ginger to this wouldn't be good?? I don't think Rishi has a truly bad product in their offerings, but if you are looking for some additional selections that I have tried and loved from Rishi, then I might suggest their Earl Grey Supreme, Maghreb Mint, Citron Green Iced Tea, Tropical Crimson Iced Tea and Genmaicha. Overall, this gets a huge thumbs up from me and it holds the top spot for Pu-erh blends that I have tried to date!
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