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Today has been a good day, I have spent it sipping very strong black tea, avoiding the cold with a lap cat, finalizing some perler project plans, and watching Let’s Plays for the new game, Starbound. I am certainly going to play it (assuming my computer doesn’t laugh at the mere thought of me attempting it, much like it did with Minecraft) next time I have money to buy a new game. You all know me, I am a sucker for games with amazing pixel sprites, it is one of my passions. Of course you are all here for my other passion, tea! Welcome to day five of Pu Erh week!
Today we are looking at Chocolate Pu Erh by Numi Organic Tea. I actually first tried this tea almost two years ago, but that was in the dark age when I didn’t review teas so I remember next to nothing about it except that I liked it, so it is time to take another look at it. The aroma is very chocolaty with a slight touch of vanilla and spice. The aroma is more like a truffle than a tea since I do not detect any aroma of the Pu Erh, I am suspecting this will be a potent dessert tea.
Once I introduce the teabag to its nice hot bath I start to notice the aroma of tea, it comes through as earthy and a touch malty. There is of course still a very strong aroma of chocolate and spices, primarily nutmeg, and a tiny hint of vanilla. The tea is still very reminiscent of dessert and there is still not much of the tea aroma in this tea. I should note that even though the Pu Erh aroma is very faint the tea still smells really yummy.
Tasting time! Feel free to play the Final Fantasy VII Victory Fanfare in your mind in celebration of a successful steep, I know I do. The taste is chocolaty and creamy, like a mix of chocolate and vanilla truffles with a hint of a spiced aftertaste. It is not all just rich chocolate and vanilla though, there is an earthiness that is there under all the other flavors adding a weight to the sipping. The mouthfeel is brisk and the flavor is bright. I will call this a dessert tea but it is not overwhelmingly sweet, similar to dark chocolate, so it is good to drink alongside a dessert without having a sweetness overdose. As it cools I notice notes of roasted nuts and biscuit. Not bad, I wish there had been more of a Pu Erh taste, but this would be a great way to introduce a newcomer to the world of Pu Erh.
Backlog. This was an after dinner tea I had after having a nice curried lentil soup. My tummy problems have been a little problematic as of late so I’m back to a diet that has less allergens in it and offending substances, which seems to work for me.
I was thinking this would be nice and soothing but the lemon is quite strong up front, especially in the aroma. After sipping on it for a while I thought it was a nice blend and the lemon wasn’t too overpowering. Still, I’m not sure I would pick this over straight chamomile, especially for a stomachache.
Yep, this is a good one for at work. A bag in my mug, with hot water from random places on campus, and voila! Tea!
It’s chocolatey. Not much puerh, vanilla or orange though. I might try it with 2 bags next time.
Definitely a nice “at work” drink, and I’d probably buy another box just because it’s so handy.
Thank you QueenOfTarts for this sample.
I have plucked up the courage to try this tea tonight before my husband gets home. It’s something I have considered trying even before I received a bag of it, I’m more savoury than sweet. But the idea of a cabbage and beetroot tea sounds….well disgusting and criminal.
The teabag smelled like dry cabbage soup mix, it was thick, sour and generally vegetal. It says to place the tea in 10oz (which is roughly 284ml) of boiling water and cover while it steeps for a minimum of 10 minutes. It also states that you can leave the bag in while you drink if you would like it stronger. So far I’m thinking EEEKKK!
The tea soup is now steeped and has turned dark beetroot red in colour. It has a closes eyes smelly sock odour mixed with old stale cabbage.
Well here goes nothing….
Pulls many different faces
Well at least it’s lighter in flavour than it is in scent. The cabbage and beetroot are both firmly present and are of equal strength but there is also a herbal after taste that I am unsure of. It lists mustard seed and coriander and it sort of does taste like dried coriander seeds but I’m not detecting anything mustard like at all.
Alright picture this…
You have steamed some cabbage leaves and have drained the water into a separate container. Then you add dry coriander seeds and shred small pieces of beetroot into this leftover cabbage water and bring to the boil for 10 minutes before serving. If that has you feeling hungry then perhaps this is the tea for you. If you are turning green and feel queezy then you may wish to stay clear of this one.
As for me it’s an experience and I’m thankful to have tried it but this particular flavour is not for me. While I love cabbage (I would eat it everyday if my IBS would let me) I am not overly keen on beetroot of any form. This is a no from me but as an additional note my kitten Sooty is might curious about it’s smell and he keeps charging in for quick sniffs.
I am up in Chicago this weekend visiting a good buddy of mine. She is into tea too, and actually worked at a David’s store as a seasonal worker last winter. So I brought her a bunch of stuff from my tea stash and I’m raiding her stash for breakfast :)
This tea did not impress me that much, heh. My fault for selecting a bagged tea :)
If roses had a taste, I imagine this is what they would taste like.
Need to have another cup so I can better access this tea.
I tried this at an adorable little coffee shop in the Philippines and was completely blown away. This is by far one of the best Earl Greys I’ve ever tasted!
Smooth, fragrant, complexly flavored, and not even a hint of bitterness despite being accidentally steeped for all of seven minutes. What really impresses me about this is that there’s no perfumey, artificial smell or taste that plagues most Earl Greys. This is simple, natural, and delicious.
Great beginner pu-erh. Strong ginger flavor but goes well with the earthy pu-erh.
This is a very unique and delicious tisane! It’s tart, yet has some sweetness to it too. I usually don’t add anything to my tea, but this tastes really nice with honey. Just don’t over brew it. In my experience, anything longer than 5 minutes and it tastes horribly bitter.
I liked this tea, although as one other person commented it tastes “thin.” the flavors are all there—nice chocolate, cinnamon, earthy puerh, but it just isn’t as strong as I would prefer. Compared to The Tea Spot’s Bolder Breakfast, this is rather light. (Although I suppose that is not quite a fair comparison because the Bolder Breakfast is a blend of black tea and puerh, so of course it would taste stronger than just pure puerh.)Anyway, as far as chocolatey teas go, this is good but not my favorite.
This is my go-to Earl Grey. Dark, robust, and juuuuust the right amount of bergamot. Today I am off from work, and decided to cook and be productive instead of lazing about. I brewed some of the loose Aged Earl Grey, poured it into my stout little Polish bubble mug, and started cooking cooking. Thanks to this tea, our crockpot is now filled with brown sugar & beer pulled chicken!
Made up a cup of this at school this morning, and it’s surprisingly tasty! Brisk with just a hint of bergamot and no noticeable astringency. I just had the one bag, so this is a sipdown as well.
From Considering a new Travelling Tea Box
I’m not a big fan of Pu-erh, so the fact that this one smells so much like a pu-erh made me a bit nervous, though there were also strong notes of cocoa.
The taste is very interesting. The chocolate and pu-erh mix into something different from either but very nice. The cocoa flavor somewhat dominates the finish, but without losing balance.
At this point I added some sweetener. As with many chocolate teas, the sweetener increased my awareness of the chocolate. The taste changes from cocoa to chocolate. I didn’t have a preference either way.
I first had Pu Erh tea in Japan when my good friend bought me a bag and told me it was beauty tea. She was very beautiful, and so was the tea. This has the Pu Erh flavor but the chocolate really adds another amazing dimension to it. This tea works great when I am craving chocolate and want to feel indulgent. It is very good!
Works great to quell my chocolate cravings and make me feel indulgent.
I was hoping for a little more mate flavor, but alright. Tastes more like a lemon green.
This one drinks like home .The smell of toasted rice is more like my treasured memory with my grandmother and caring sisters&naughty little brother back to the days when I was a little girl who was clingy to this elder sister.We used to dip toasted rice into hot boiled water with a homemade cigarette -shaped snack ,which is more of a sweet with maltose as coat ，and sesame and granulated sugar inside.The warm liquid ,with its clear tone of nice soothing green tea and warmess of toasted rice,has the surprisingly joyful taste of a happy childhood without the sin of sugar——so sweet.