Chocolate Puerh

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
Cocoa, Nutmeg, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Orange Peel, Organic Rooibos, Organic Vanilla Beans
Flavors
Chocolate, Cocoa, Cinnamon, Dark Bittersweet, Nutmeg, Nuts, Orange Zest, Vanilla
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Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Fair Trade, Organic
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 oz / 310 ml

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  • “Well this is my 2nd attempt at Pu Erh. My 1st was adagio's pu erh dante which was absolutely ??vile??. But ya know... something just dawned on me. It's almost exactly a year since that experience....” Read full tasting note
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    Cofftea 865 tasting notes
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    Angrboda 1310 tasting notes
  • “This was the tea I was craving yesterday after Harney & Sons' Peaches & Ginger black tea. To be fair, I was wanting it the day before too. This tea, I crave at times. It tastes like dark rich...” Read full tasting note
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    chrine 545 tasting notes

From Numi Organic Tea

A rich, velvet, chocolaty aroma envelops this enticing blend of deep, dark Puerh and organic cocoa nibs. Numi’s Chocolate Puerh is made with organic wild-harvested tea leaves fermented and ripened into an earthy black tea. Whole vanilla beans and sweet accents of orange peel enhance this blend along with nutmeg and cinnamon rounding off a spicy finish. Rich in antioxidants, this hearty and healthy Puerh tea is decadence in a cup.

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243 tasting notes

For some 15 (or more) years of my life, my wonderful neighbor went to Germany to visit her children for the spring months. While she was gone, we watched her home, brought in the mail and other things for her. She would always return with a box of Lebkuchen as a note of gratitude. What is Lebkuchen you ask? A wonderful German gingerbread cookie, rich and moist in texture with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and orange.

This tea mirrors those cookies. Brewed hot with no additives. It is rich, full-bodied, earthy and sweet. It blends the same ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, citrus flavors of the cookie, though they may not be present in the tea, it is wonderful. The spices blend in perfect harmony with a note of chocolate to deliver a naturally sweet and truly delicious treat.

Highly recommended.
Preparation
2 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

I’m drinking this tomorrow! Jillian surprised me w/ a bag=D

Cinoi

OoOoOo, enjoy! It is fantastic! I have only steeped this is small doses though. 1 minute was good. 2 minutes was good. 3 minutes was good. Never more than that though (especially with the collective pu-erh fears).

Cofftea

In reply to your statement “It blends the same ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, citrus flavors of the cookie, though they may not be present in the tea, it is wonderful.” they actually are all there, except for the ginger.:) Really? 3 min max? That’s completely different from the way I tried it the 1st time I had it. I went the full 5 min.

Cinoi

Hahah! I rarely if ever read descriptions of teas, I just try them and see if I can figure out what is in it. :) Did you overpower any of the flavors? I sipped one brewed at five minutes, I thought it was too dark and lost all subtlety of the spices. I shall have to brew a full 5 mins and see!

Cofftea

No, not really. Then again I didn’t really want the spices other than to add to the complexities of the chocolate. It is after all, not a chocolate chai or chocolate spice pu erh. It’s a personal annoyance of mine when a tea is labeled as x flavor but then they add all these other things to it. I steeped it in 8oz last time, but tomorrow I’m going to make it even more concentrated by only steeping it in 6oz. I’m contemplating adding milk, but that may be a pu erh crime in China or something LOL:)

Cinoi

Haha, I’m not sure if adding milk to a pu-erh is a crime, but if it is, I’m sure adding chocolate is too!

Ricky

Naw, not a crime. Golden moon has a pu-erh chai =]

Cofftea

Yeah, I’ve been thinking about that one Ricky and I’m not sure how to hand that one… I can’t bring myself to add milk to Kashmiri chais either.

Angrboda

For me it was a different sort of cookie, but other than that I agree with everything here. Everything. Right down to the very last period.

Cinoi

:D I’m rationing the rest of the bags of this, but I am going to try some varied steepings, especially the most recent one from @Cofftea, but I think honestly, my rating on this has risen to 99.

Cofftea

Cinoi, really the only reason this one isn’t 100 is because it has other ingredients in it besides chocolate and pu erh. Chocolate Pu Erh ice cream?

Cinoi

I can’t give things 100, that would mean I would never get sick of it, or ever want anything else :) And, mouth = watering at the thought of chocolate pu-erh ice cream.

Cofftea

100 means I not only crave it, but I get REALLY cranky when I run out. And by REALLY cranky I mean like pitch a fit and cry lol. Oh I wish I was exaggerating…

Cinoi

Understandable, 93 to me means scour and search to get some before impending blizzard snows you in the house with none. Then while rationing my two tea bags because none of the five stores I braved had any, I will creep the rating up because I savored them so much more. Probably going to have to do this challenge thing, I mean, two weeks of chocolate pu-erh, I can’t see any flaw in this plan.

Cofftea

Especially when you get 2 boxes @ 75% off plus more free… I mean free and discounted tea? OK I’m way too good at rationalizing things lol.

Madison Bartholemew

it barely even tastes like a pu-erh… yes I picked up a box from whole foods today… sooo yummy

Cofftea

I bought 2 online today!=D

Cofftea

www.numitea.com- they also have a loose version.

Cinoi

Cofftea did you order loose or bagged? I am interested in how the loose compares.

Cofftea

Unfortunately the sale was on bagged only. Next time I will get bagged though.

Cofftea

oops, I mean loose leaf.

Cinoi

I knew what you meant :D would love to hear how the loose is, see if it is any stronger

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Well this is my 2nd attempt at Pu Erh. My 1st was adagio’s pu erh dante which was absolutely vile. But ya know… something just dawned on me. It’s almost exactly a year since that experience. I made my 1st online tea purchase, which was w/ Adagio, on Dec. 28th of 2008 and that (along w/ white cucumber which is now one of my faves) was one of them. Although I have to be careful to not analyze this analogy too much cuz then I start thinking about howe my life has changed since then and I get depressed.

Anyway, this is the 1st Numi tea I’ve had so I can’t tell you too much about them beyond what my observations for this particular bag will be. Yes, bag. Now I’m not a fan of bagged tea so bagged pu erh worries me even more. I’m also surpised the front of the bag uses “velvety and vanilla” to describe a chocolate pu erh.

Ingredients: organic Pu Erh, organic cocoa powder, organic vanilla, organic Theo chocolate cocoa nibs, organic rooibos, organic orange peel, organic nutmeg, and cinnamon.

Wow… the ingredients surprise me. This isn’t just a chocolate pu erh, this is more of a chocoalte chai/spice pu erh. Not what I was expecting, but it sounds good! I also love that all of the ingredients except for the cinnamon are organic. I’ve never heard of Theo chocolate before though. As if I couldn’t be more worried, they throw rooibos in here! I’m desperate to learn to love rooibos because it’s so healthy, but I just can’t seem to.

I open the bag and smell it. While I can smell the complexity and depth of the chocolate and pu erh, the only ingredient I can specifiically smell is the nutmeg. Not a bad thing, just interesting.

The odd thing about the steeping directions is they don’t tell you how much water to use. They don’t even use the vague term of a “cup”. So I weigh it. I would have anyway because I’m learning a lot of bagged teas are incredibly light. Wow! 2.5g! I’m impressed! It’s between the weight I prefer for a 6oz cup (2.25oz) and an 8oz cup (3g) so I decide to steep it as an 8oz cup for the higher suggested time of 5 min. (It suggests 3-5). I also steeped it just under boiling (205-210) instead of at boiling because I don’t want to kill the health benefits. I don’t think it’ll make that much of a difference.

The liquor is one of the darkest I’ve seen. Easily mistakable for black coffee. And that’s what it smells like. It smells like a chocolate chai steeped in black coffee. Sweet, spicy, rich, creamy, decedant, and very complex. After a quick stir, I take a sip. I have never been so glad for a tea to taste exactly the way it smells! I LOVE THIS! And pu erh is supposed to help you metabolize fat? this seems like it should add it!

For you to fully grasp what’s going on in my head, you need to understand that not only was I terrified of pu erhs, but aside from chais I don’t care for black teas in general. Normally I say who I think would like a certain tea, but this time I think I’m going to say who I think won’t like this because the list is much shorter. I think the only person that would not like this would be a person who doesn’t like coffee or chocolate.

Serving Suggestion: While this is wonderful on it’s own, this tea would make a wonderful latte steeped in a ratio of 2 parts milk to 1 part water or steeped completely in milk as an adult version of hot chocolate. 1TB of white chocolate creamer instead of milk would also be divine.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Carolyn

I’m so glad you liked it! And I’m glad you were brave enough to give it another try. Very nice, thorough review.

Cofftea

2nd steep. I increased the steeping time by 1 min like I normally do, but cut back on the water by 2oz and I’m glad I did. Inspite of the adjustments, the liquor was lighter than I expected. I added 1TB of white chocolate creamer… which oldly enough gives my cuppa a very slight pink hue… strange. While I wish the tea was stronger this infusion I can still taste it. Not as good as I was hoping, but I think white chocolate creamer would be a great addition to a 1st infusion.

Cofftea

@Carolyn, me too! But I was most impressed w/ the bag weight. I can’t wait to get this in loose leaf so I can have my prefered 2.25g/6oz.

Cofftea

Blending ideas: Teavana’s Strawberry Slender pu erh, or Rishi’s Vanilla mint. I haven’t tried either one, but based on my success w/ this one I can’t wait to try blending it w/ other pu erhs.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Good review. I’ve never had pu-erh but this one sounds yum.

Meg

mmm, yummy! Theo chocolates are a local artisan chocolate from here in Seattle, and they are just to die for. The small factory in town gives tours. http://www.theochocolate.com/ I went there when they first opened and had some amazing chocolates. My favorite was the one with green tea (it was probably matcha) inside, and the lavendar-hinted “earl Grey” chocolate. Dunno if they still have those flavors, but their dark bars are divine and worth the 3 or 4$ each.

Cofftea

Seattle connection, extra score!

sophistre

The pu erh dante sample I have scares the heck out of me, to be honest. It smells like livestock to me for some reason…whoof. This sounds fantastic though! I guess you’ll have to change some of your info on your profile now, hee. ^^

fcmonroe

I’m glad that you tried a different pu erh. Maybe the one you tried from Adagio is just not a good pu erh?

Cofftea

Yeah… um… sophistre… I just gotta tell you for the sake of honesty… that VILE pu erh… pu erh dante…

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1310 tasting notes

Insteresting letter from Jillian in my letterbox today!

I’ve been trying to figure out what to try first and decided I was more interested in this. When I sent Jillian my ‘wishlist’ of things I’d like to try from her cupboard, this one mostly caught me by being pu-ehr, and I haven’t had any of that in ages, and a flavoured one at that, which I’ve never had. Little difficult for me to imagine flavoured pu-ehr, for some reason. But then, I initially felt the same way about green, white and oolong too and I can’t come up with a logical reason on why it shouldn’t be possible. Anyway, I didn’t pay attention to what else was in it at the time, so it’s not until now that I notice it has rooibos in it. That’s a bit worrisome, since I don’t really care much for that… Oh well, if you don’t try, you can’t win, so here we go!

It’s bagged and the bag smells like christmas biscuits! Do I have to drink it? Can’t I just sit here and sniff the bag? It seems almost a shame to get it wet. On the other hand, if I did just sit around, sniffing the bag, sooner or later I’d forget to pay attention and try to take a bite. Reflex, see.

Luckily, after steeping, it still smells like that. Chocolate and cinnamon are the dominant smells, and underneath it the earthiness of pu-ehr. It seems very dark in colour for a pu-ehr. I can’t really spot that reddish brown colour that it usually gets, but then that might be because the cup I’m using isn’t the best for looking at the colour.

The little satchel the bag was in says that the chocolate might sink to the bottom of the cup, so I’m giving it a little stir before tasting.

It tastes like sweets! Chocolatey and cinnamony like the blend I made yesterday (fate perhaps? Preparation for trying this?), but sweeter. I can pick up pretty much everything they say is in it, except possibly the nutmeg, but then I’m not really entirely certain which flavour I’m supposed to be looking for with that one. It’s not a spice I ever use for anything at all in my kitchen. And to my great relief, although I can defintiely find the rooibos, it’s only there to sort of add a little boost to the other flavours. If I hadn’t known it was there, I wouldn’t have noticed, but knowing that it is, I can tell what it does.

Great choice, me!

Suzi

That sounds so yummy :) Perfect for this time of year!

Angrboda

It is yummy! I had a brief OMG!!!-stare-into-cup moment. Jillian sent me two bags. I’ll save the other one for a special occasion. Like christmas eve for example. That seems to be suitable.

Ricky

This certain sounds better than my cup of bacon tea sitting in front of me. I’m slowly withering away, the smell’s killing me.

Cofftea

The ONLY pu erh I MIGHT be willing to try;)

Ricky

Rishi’s Vanilla Mint isn’t that bad =D Doesn’t taste like pu-erh that much.

Angrboda

Ricky, I just saw. You poor thing! It’s one of my favourite types, but it definitely isn’t for everybody. Go make something mild and fruity instead. :)

Ricky

I feel as if I’ve ate bad unsanitary Mexican food. It was definitely an interesting experience. If I ever need to fake an illness, I know what I can turn to.

Angrboda

LOL! “I’m sorry, boss, I can’t come to work today. My breakfast made me sick.” I’m not sure they’d buy that. :D

Ricky

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Naw, I’d just blame it on food poison, or tea poison in this case :D If they don’t believe me I’d brew them up a cup. Actually, I’d probably get fired for giving them poison (assuming they don’t like it).

Angrboda

That would be a bit of a gamble. If they did like it, they would know you were skiving off. :p

Jillian

Sweet, I’m glad it got to you safe and sound. The nutmeg is probably easiest to smell when the bag is dry – it might be what you’re thinking of as christmas biscuits. :)

teaplz

Sounds yummy!

__Morgana__

I am breaking out my box of this to give it a try after reading your post!

Stephanie

Good to know that the rooibos doesn’t really make an appearance!

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545 tasting notes

This was the tea I was craving yesterday after Harney & Sons’ Peaches & Ginger black tea. To be fair, I was wanting it the day before too.

This tea, I crave at times. It tastes like dark rich chocolate and earth and I like it so! If I didn’t have only 4 bags left, I think I’d drink it more often. But I tend to do that hoarding thing when I get low on teas I like. I’ve told myself that I can buy it loose leaf once I’m out though. So I don’t know why I’m hoarding and I’m sure the loose leaf is even better. If I didn’t have so much tea, I’d prolly start trying other flavored (gateway) puerhs. I did not expect to like this one at all, let alone so much.

This one is getting bumped up to a 74 (great bagged tea range 70-80).

I’ve found that due to The Great Unlogged Period I have a bunch of teas that I’ve either finished or drank more of and haven’t changed the ratings accordingly to align with how I ended up truly feeling about the day. So I’ve been changing them as I drink them again. I keep meaning to just go through my cupboard and do them all at once but never seem to have the time and sit down and do it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Peggie Bennett

My son got this for me for Christmas and I have been drinking it at work this last week! I swear I am getting a hint of mint in there! It’s good! Numi’s Magnolia Puerh is good too!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I haven’t notice the mint on my own. But I’ll look for it next time I drink this and see if I can detect it. Is the Magnolia Puerh very floral?

Peggie Bennett

It is floral (coming from someone who loves jasmine) but I think it is tempered by the earthiness of the puerh.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

hmm.. jasmine is very yay or nay for me.. some I really like, others not so much.. I might snag a box of tea bags of it next time I see Numi on sale tho..

Peggie Bennett

I have had some bad jasmine, so I know what you mean! If you don’t like it, I’ll send you some money for the rest of it!

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1629 tasting notes

This isn’t a tea for someone who wants a sweet, milk chocolate flavoured drink. This tea is pure, earthy essence of raw cocoa.

And I love that way. ;)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

You’re making me wish I had this! Shame on you;-D

Cofftea Jillian! You’re the best!=D I was so surprised to see a bag of this in my package!=D
Jillian

@Cofftea: So you got the teas I sent you? I did recall hearing you rave about the Chocolate Pu-erh, so I put it in when I was digging all the loose teabags out of my cupboard. :D

Cofftea

Yep, just got it today. I was so excited about the pu erh I actually screamed:) You made my day!

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902 tasting notes

I have solved the problem of my tea getting cold whilst I’m talking on the phone/away from my desk: a candle warmer. I feel so smart right now.

Restocked the office stash…and I love this stuff. Even gave it to a non-tea drinker, and she went and bought a box of it! Absolutely fell in love with it. It’s a great beginner’s puerh…unless you don’t like chocolate.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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It looks like I’m on a flavored pu’erh kick… I threw this in my backpack earlier today and it happened to come in handy before my class tonight. I went to Starbucks and just got a cup of hot water to steep this in. I should remember this strategy since a cup of hot water is free and I have a lot of teabags =)

As you can probably tell from the rating this is not really a favorite of mine. I think it tastes more like cinnamon than chocolate and for a pu’erh it seems kind of watery. If I have any more left of this I might just toss it in the compost. I don’t mind Numi’s cardamom pu’erh, however.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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1700 tasting notes

This was a surprise form OMGSrsly!
And yay! Numi Teas! Yes, they’re bagged, but they seem to pack a lot of flavour in each bag. This one delivers exactly what was promised – dark chocolatey notes mixed with earthen wonder. I like it!

Also, I missed removing an earlier sipdown so I’m actually at 159 now! WOO. I won’t hit 150 by February though. I could push it, but I won’t.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Sil

sooo we aim for 150 by the end of Feb?

Cavocorax

Of course! How hard could that be?
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OMGsrsly

I have both your addresses! So it could be very hard. plotting

Cavocorax

Nooooooo
(although to be fair I have the same reaction to these posts when it’s other people)

Amariel

LOLOMGSRLY

OMGsrsly

I have little piles of tea all over my bookshelves. Tea for swapping! Makes it hard to find things when people ask, though. I SO need to organize my stash!

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I am not sure about this one. It smells like chocolate and…dirt. I know, I know, I’ve read the tasting notes, too. People say pu-erh has a lovely earthy aroma. Well, now that I’ve smelled it for myself, I’m thinking it’s really just a polite way of saying dirt, and I don’t find it lovely. So I guess if I’m going to delve at all into the world of pu-erh, that might be a problem. =)

The brew tastes like chocolate with a bit of cinnamon, maybe. It’s not bad, but I can’t get the smell of dirt out of my nose! Honestly, it is so much like hot chocolate, that I think if I wanted hot chocolate, I would just make hot chocolate, calories be damned.

I reckon I’ll leave the rating off, for now. I’m sure it’s lovely for what it is, and those who like what it is will probably love this. It’s just not my taste. That said, I plan to experiment with a few more bags to see if I can make a concoction that’s more palatable; if not, there’s always the swap bin!

Tea amount: 1 bag
Water amount: 6oz/~175mL
Additives: 1ish tsp Demerara sugar

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Sil

haha yeah i’m finding the same thing. If you find a nice pu-erh that you enjoy let me know. I’m just now starting to try some of them to see what all the fuss is about. Matcha was a fun experiment…pu-erh seems…less so lol

TeaBrat

you could also try raw puerh, which doesn’t taste like dirt. :)

Terri HarpLady

Nice honest review, Nik! I think for most, Puerh is an acquired taste. I garden a lot, & crazy as it may sound, I love the smells of leaf mulch, compost pile (sometimes more than others), & just the soil itself. Feel free to call me a wierdo, LOL!

Nik

Thanks, all! I am not giving up, yet. I think there was a pu-erh and a pu-erh chai in the Golden Moon sampler box. If I remember correctly, I really liked them both. I’m sure there is as much diversity there as with any other tea. Instead of getting hung up on this one, I’ll give it another few goes and then just move on to something else. (Easier said than done, given my stubborn nature, but I’ll try to move on.)

canadianadia

Bravo for giving it a go. I have yet to give any pu-erh a try so I’ve been sorting through reviews for suggestions that might appeal to my taste. I appreciate your honest review as someone delving into the world of pu-erh, perhaps I will join your ranks someday. :)

Nik

@canadianadia, thanks! When I tried the Golden Moon ones, the pu-erh and the pu-erh chai, I had no idea what pu-erh was (not that I really do now, but I didn’t even know it was a Thing). I think it was really good for me to go into it completely blind; perhaps if I’d known that “earth, mushrooms, fish” are often associated with it, I mightn’t have been brave enough to try. =) I don’t remember buying this tea, so I’m wondering if I won it from Numi or something. I wouldn’t buy two boxes of a tea I’d never even tried. See, if I kept a journal like Terri started, I would know exactly how it ended up in my cupboard. Ah well, it’s there now, may as well play with it. =)

Terri HarpLady

LOL, Nik! I am a crazy journaler!

canadianadia

I do wish I tried pu-erh before learning anything about it. The fishy descriptions are the ones that scare me off the most. One day I’ll stop being a chicken and just give it a try. :P

Nik

If I end up getting the Golden Moon ones before you try it, I’ll send you some. Neither their pu-erh nor their pu-erh chai had even the faintest hint of fishiness. If they did, I probably would’ve dumped them both straight in the bin. Blech!

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SIL! I’m pretty positive that I sent this tea to YOU a year ago! :p
Silly!
oh well, this is Sipdown # 57, bringing me to 359 teas.
I think this tea was my first actual experience with Puerh, although it hardly counts, as it’s blended with lots of other stuff: cocoa powder, vanilla, rooibos, cinnamon, orange peel, nutmeg. Now that I’ve been actually drinking puerh for awhile, the Shu that is in this is something I can actually pick out, but not a lot of it. Regardless, this is not a bad cup of tea.

Sil

LMAO oopsy… on the plus side this isn’t YOURS coming back to you…

Terri HarpLady

Are you sure? hahaha

Sil

Yes! Omg sent it to me I think…it’s new lol

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