Review: Rishi Tea Vanilla Mint Organic Pu-erh

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Thumbs up!"This is a superb tea that just gets better with each cup. It really delivers from the very first sip, but as you become more familiar with it, and more intimate with its nuances, it only gets better from there. This could very well be Rishi's masterstroke."
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rishivanillamintpuerhThis tea has been sitting in my cupboard for way too long to have avoided a review until now. Truth be told, I thought I had reviewed this tea ages ago, but alas, apparently not. It must be that it's become so comfortable, and so rewarding a treat-in-a-cup for the past several weeks/months, that it only seemed natural that I've been praising it for eons.

Rishi knocks it out of the park on this one - an all-organic blend of Pu-erh tea, vanilla, peppermint, cinnamon and licorice root. It's kind of like magic in a cup - all of those flavors are present, and balanced perfectly. A singular whiff of the dried mix sends a pungent, cooling and intoxicating scent of minty freshness up the nasal passage. The dried blend has a presentation such that all of the ingredients are evident on sight alone, and exuding quality every step of the way. It is also Fair Trade Certified.

Freshly boiled water steeps this tea for 5-6 minutes on Rishi's recommendation. I wholeheartedly agree, keeping my time to just 5 minutes and finding that incredibly satisfactory. The infusion turns an immediate deep coppery red. The aroma in the cup is decidedly minty, as with the dried blend - however, a richer aroma is at work along with the mint here. Something almost chocolaty and buttery. Recollections of chocolate-coated espresso bean munching come to mind. On the palate, the cooling sensation from the mint is almost immediate, and everlasting well beyond the finish. An inherent earthiness from the Pu-erh is very present as well, and the butteriness in the scent also translates to a slickness in the liquor (undoubtedly from the vanilla presence, which marries well with the peppermint). The cinnamon adds an appropriate touch of astringency, and the licorice root is an ideal cherry-on-top. A second infusion loses a minor percentage of potency, but is completely delicious all the same.

This is a superb tea that just gets better with each cup. It really delivers from the very first sip, but as you become more familiar with it, and more intimate with its nuances, it only gets better from there. This could very well be Rishi's masterstroke.

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

  1. David Says:

    Even I will give props to the folks at Rishi…this is one great blend!

  2. Ghazal Says:

    This is a great blend and absolutely delicious prepared as a chai too!

  3. Dianna Says:

    I appreciate it that flavorful blends make pu’erh drinking more palatable to many. What can you tell us about the pu’erh used in this blend? Cooked vs raw, age, place of origin and so on. The Rishi site doesn’t give all of this information either.

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