First Review. Medium light chocolate puerh mix with cocoa hulls. The dry scent is almost a sweet pipe tobacco slightly cocoa. The steep is 1tsp per 8oz. for 5min. resulting in a mild, slightly earthy cocoa brew that is best enhanced with sweetening and cream as a latte for dessert (unless you are a true espresso drinker and drink puerh straight). In such a case I would even suggest a tiny twist of lemon or orange peel. There are many more elegant and refined puerhs for sure out there however, not everyone enjoys the stronger flavor that comes with them. Lighter or flavored puerhs like this one allow more people to drink without fearing strange fishy or super earthy tones.
I had just enough left of this Pu-erh to review again. It has been awhile!
After my experience with the mind altering Pu’er from Verdant yesterday, I wanted an experience where I could look down at my feet and see that …yes…there were my toes and the nails were painted purple just like I remembered! Those of you who have tasted the Xingyang 1998 from Verdant will understand what I’m talking about. I’m a bit hungover!
So, I had a hankering this morning for chocolate and Happy Lucky’s uses cocoa nibs instead of flavoring mixed with their Pu-erh in this blend. What a good idea. I am moving further and further away from the desire for artificial flavors. Don’t get me wrong…I like flavored tea! My preference now is for Organic and Natural flavors since there are so many available and they taste better.
My steep time was about 4 minutes and this brewed up very dark! The chocolate was closer to a bittersweet chocolate than a milk chocolate. There is no way I would drink this tea without milk and sweetening. It screams for it to be added! The flavor was rich and creamy like a hot chocolate, but not. There was a chocolate shot (liquor) flavor that was not like cocoa. I think the only down side for me was the lack of Pu-erh flavor. I missed the earthiness that Pu-erh has. Ah well.
For those that dislike Pu-erh’s but want the health benefits this would be the perfect choice.