|"I'm highly impressed and definitely could have written a more concise review. That one would have read as follows: "Mmmm. Oh my gosh, this is just SO good!""|
I steeped the tea as suggested for five minutes with water come to a boil and then allowed to cool for a minute and then poured out two mugs of tea (one for me and one for Shawn). The tea pours out dark and sturdy and copper colored and certainly the pu-erh is well matched to the desserty elements of the other ingredients, making for a well nigh divine concoction. The sweet and subtle taste of fig is in there, mingling with the rich fullness of the loose leaf pu-erh and bolstered with chocolate-y hints from the dandelion and sweet creamy richness from the coconut and vanilla. I can't figure out what the fennel is doing, but it's pretty in the mix and no harm comes from its presence. Perhaps it bolsters the digestive benefits? The earthy element of the pu-erh is subdued but has the effect of keeping the coconut from overpowering things. Once again, pu-erh proves itself to be an ideal backdrop for sweet, warming flavors.
This is a tea that will make you feel good. It's not too heavy and it's not too light. I enjoyed a cup in the afternoon and another in the morning and found each time just right to enjoy it. I think I could have enjoyed a cup after dinner without being worried about caffeine. Two excellent infusions can be had and the tea is marvelous with or without sweetener. I found that without sweetener, the figgy aspects and the taste of the pu-erh leaf was more forthright, which was very enjoyable. Sweetened, the tea takes on delicious, yummy dessert-y qualities. Either way, it's fantastic.
I'm highly impressed and definitely could have written a more concise review. That one would have read as follows: "Mmmm. Oh my gosh, this is just SO good!"
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