Review: Rishi Tea Vanilla Mint Organic Pu-erh

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Thumbs up!"I was amazed how fresh the ingredients tasted and my tongue actually tingled after each mouthful. "
Erika’s Teaview: 9/10
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rishivanillamintpuerhRishi Tea is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and their products are available through their online store and also at many retail locations.  Rishi’s website offers a wide selection of tea and teaware and plenty of valuable tea-related information.  It’s clear this group knows tea, and last year they took home 11 first place awards from the 2009 World Tea Championship.

This tea really intrigued me.  Ingredients include pu-erh, vanilla, peppermint, cinnamon, and licorice root.  All ingredients are organic and the pu-erh is also fair trade certified.  A look over the dry ingredients revealed beautiful bright green pieces of peppermint leaves mixed with the tea, and reddish pieces of cinnamon.  The scent of the tea was absolutely amazing; heavy with mint and followed by earthy undertones.  To prepare my cup I followed Rishi’s recommendations, using one tablespoon with boiling water and a five-minute steep.  This produced a deep brown liquor, reminiscent of coffee.

After my first sip, my taste buds were met with a strong peppermint flavor, warming cinnamon, and earthy pu-erh.  I was amazed how fresh the ingredients tasted and my tongue actually tingled after each mouthful.  I reached back for the sample packet to check it out one more time.  “Flavoring” was not listed as an ingredient.  This was good news to me, but also a bit of a shock, considering the strong flavors produced in the cup.  This blend of ingredients created a clean, bright flavor.

My only negative comment about this tea is that the vanilla flavor is very light, and to me almost unnoticeable.  Also, those looking for a strong and well-defined pu-erh flavor may be slightly disappointed as mint is clearly the star of the show.  That being said, for me, this tea is amazing just the way it is.  It manages to be both a wonderful pick-me-up and a relaxing blend all at the same time.  This tea would definitely satisfy fans of mint, and for those interested in trying a pu-erh this might be a good first step.  This is an excellent tea and I highly recommend it.

— 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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