Review: Rishi Tea Vanilla Mint Organic Pu-erh

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Thumbs up!"The tea poured out dark as coffee and maintained a wonderfully creamy and minty scent with a rich and nearly textural coloring from the pu-erh tea leaves."
Jamie’s Teaview: 7/10
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rishivanillamintpuerhChunks of licorice root, cinnamon, dark twists of pu-erh, tiny slivers of vanilla and many green peppermint leaves will provide a pleasant greeting for your eyes when first you open up a pouch of Rishi's Organic Pu-erh Vanilla Mint, but your senses will really be overwhelmed by a heady rush of peppermint wafting up at you like a big peppermint patty style candy in leaf form. Every ingredient in the mix is organically grown, to boot, which makes this sensory experience even more delightful to me.

I made a pot of this for an afternoon tea treat and brewed up 24 ounces in an infuser pot. I heated the water to boiling and let it cool for just a couple of minutes before pouring the water over 2 quite heaping tablespoons of tea and steeping for 6 minutes.

Our cups of tea poured out dark as coffee and maintained a wonderfully creamy and minty scent with a rich and nearly textural coloring from the pu-erh tea leaves. Tastewise this tea drinks with mellow smoothness and a far less Herculean body than you might expect from a tea offering such a French roast style coloring and mighty mint scenting. Rishi notes a full, creamy body, and I'd concur with that partially, though I found the body shy of full. It seemed a little thin to my tastes. Possibly part of this impression is due to the permeating mintiness which always to me has a thin, clear taste that I associate with clean freshness, rather than fullness. Certainly this is a sweet and smooth cup, not bitter at all.

I didn't pick up a great deal of vanilla in my several tastings of this tea, but a smooth creaminess is definitely a part of the brew. Woodsy and just slightly earthy notes are present but somewhat elusive, as are very dark chocolate flavors that emerge more and more as the tea cools in the cup. This would be a tea that someone quite shy of pu-erh's sometimes stronger attributes could easily drink without finding their tastebuds struggling to overcome a strongly earthy or fermented sort of flavor. The mint used in this blend is top notch and very refreshing and remains throughout very strong and refreshing, making this an excellent tea choice for mint lovers. I would recommend this as a fine choice for after dinner as the tea flavors would complement a rich chocolate dessert marvelously.

The flavors are sturdy and solid and yet the body of the tea remains, to me at least, rather light and refreshing. While I usually like a stronger body to black teas, the wonderfully refreshing and clean tastes of this tea left me with a very positive feeling about it. I did find vanilla quite lacking in taste-ability in this blend and the pu'erh itself is somewhat overwhelmed by the mint, a plant which tends to be pretty bossy since it appears well able to master even the notable flavors in a pu-erh blend! I would recommend this without reservation to all mint lovers, particularly adventuresome mint drinkers who like to try new blends. This one is enjoyable.

— To purchase Rishi Tea Vanilla Mint Organic Pu-erh, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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2 Responses to “Review: Rishi Tea Vanilla Mint Organic Pu-erh”

  1. TeaCast Says:

    This sounds delicious just looking at the title! Though I’m not a huge fan of licorice (especially black, eeew), I think that it’d be subtle enough for me to let that go and focus on the Vanilla. MMmmmmmm!

  2. jamie Says:

    I’m not a fan of licorice either, actually. It’s very subtle, I really didn’t notice it at all. 🙂

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