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While doing some online tea shopping the other day, I read on the TeaSource site that Pu-erh teas and other Chinese “dark” teas are probiotic. I’ve been interested in probiotics lately, and I would prefer not to have to get them through dairy or pills. So the thought of getting them through my favorite beverage was enticing.

I’ve not drunk a lot of pu-erh teas in the past, because the ones that I have tasted seemed a bit watery regardless of how long I steeped them. I decided to give them another shot and ordered several cake-type pu-erh and dark teas, along with this spicey loose-leaf concoction.

The tea gives an extra dose of both flavor digestive health, with the addition of licorice and pepperment. I don’t think clove does much for digestion, but let’s face it, it makes tea taste good. The aroma of the opaque black brewed tea is mostly peppermint, but the other spices come out a bit more in the flavor. The overall taste is a lot more like an herbal tea with bit more of a full flavor. It does lack the definitive kick of real camellia sinnensis that I prefer even my flavored teas, but I think I will enjoy this as a mid-morning tea, especially knowing that it is good for my health.

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Boiling 8 min or more

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