Review: Rishi Tea Vanilla Mint Organic Pu-erh

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Thumbs up!"I doubt this will become a staple, but I may pick some up in the future for a change of pace."
K’s Teaview: 7.4/10
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rishivanillamintpuerhI'm not sure who decided to add vanilla and mint to the uniquely hefty flavour of cooked pu-erh, but it's bold. Whether or not it's a good move in the end is up to the consumer, and today that consumer is me.

One teaspoon, boiling water, and five minutes yield an opaque deep chocolate liquor. It smells weaker than I expected, more mint than anything else, but the other scents are there. The tea is incredibly well-balanced with the mint lingering on well passed everything else. Pu-erh was an excellent choice for a base tea after all.

The cinnamon is an especially brilliant touch, leading me to believe this would be excellent prepared like a chai, with milk and honey. For my second infusion, I let the tea steep for six minutes followed by the addition of milk and honey. The tea itself is somewhat less exciting than the first cup, though still definitely worth the second cup. I do especially enjoy this with the additions, which is rare for me since I usually prefer my teas plain.

I'm not in love with this blend, but I have a lot of respect for Rishi's gusto. I haven't seen (well, tasted) anything quite like this on the tea market. I doubt this will become a staple, but I may pick some up in the future for a change of pace. In the dead of winter, I like to have hearty, warming teas around, and sometimes I'm not in the mood for chai. This seems like a great alternative for the days I'm in the mood for something different.

— 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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