Pu-erh Ginger

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Pu-erh Tea
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Flavors
Earth, Ginger, Mineral
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205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 11 oz / 335 ml

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According to traditional Chinese Medicine, Pu-erh tea has a warm and energizing property. It is known to dispel grease and toxins from a diet rich in meat and cholesterol. Our blend of Organic Ginger and Organic Pu-erh was inspired by an ancient herbal formula used as a “beauty aid” and “slimming tea” in Asia. The zesty notes of orange and ginger complement the rich, smooth flavors of Pu-erh.

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The majority of our teas are organic and Fair Trade Certified. In 2009, we won 11 First Place Awards for Best Tea, almost double that of any competitor. Tea is our passion, it’s what we do best. We’re honored to share some of our favorite teas with you.

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Hi Steepster friends!
I hope the site is back up and acting functional…

Today has been a bit of a waste for me. I went to the dentist this morning and then went around to a bunch of different shops trying to find a teapot I liked and wouldn’t break. I went to Whole Foods, David’s and Lupicia. I saw a lot of glass teapots but I have broken those and even the ceramic ones!! I finally ended up getting the IngenuiTEA at Crate and Barrel (made by Adagio). It’s plastic so I can only hope I don’t break it!!

Anyway I got this tea at Whole Foods while I was there. It’s one I’ve had before. I don’t think it’s the best shu in the world but the ginger is a good addition and I remember this is a good one to keep on hand in case of a stomach ache. When I got home I brewed it up in the IngenuiTEA, which is great so far. I can put a coffee mug underneath of it and get a whole mug of tea. It’s nice!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Tea of the early (ok its 9am) morning. This is another from World Tea East and Rishi. I was interested in this one because I love pu-erh and ginger. But mixing ginger into anything is a tricky business. At least I’ve always found it to be. So I was a little unsure of how this was going to work out.

The dry leaf smells very much of ginger and earthy pu-erh…a good sign. But will it steep up the same way? The smell is more of the ginger and earthy pu-erh I smelled with the dry leaf, my hopes are up. I must say I was not let down the flavor is very earthy and rich, but with the nice bite of the ginger at the finish. This one is a winner in my book!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

This sounds wonderful! I’m still fairly new to Puerh, but I’m finding that I really like them, & I absolutely love ginger!

The Purrfect Cup

It was good and I was happy to get the sample…one to remember to buy!

Terri HarpLady

Whole foods carries a lot of rishi teas, I’ll have to look to see if they have it, hopefully in the smaller tin, it’s not like I don’t have enough tea around here already!

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It is cold and rainy out, but sadly I am not at my apartment with my rainy-day teas. I’ve already taken most of the ones from my house, but thankfully I got my shipment from Rishi today! I am a sucker for sales so I jumped on their Mother’s Day one—I ordered too much, but I essentially got 1 tin for free and free shipping as well because of the sale. This is how I justify a lot of my tea buying: it’s on sale so I am saving money (even if it’s money I wouldn’t have spent otherwise ^^;).

So I’m waiting to go to the movies (to see The Avengers for the second time—part of a late mother’s day adventure because my mom is awesome) and a wonderful tea-filled box arrived. I sniffed them all and this was the clear choice for today. It smelled like ground ginger, not fresh, which was interesting and perfect for a chilly day. The steeping instructions seemed kind of off, more for a black than a pu-erh, but I decided to go with it and hope 5 minutes wasn’t too long. It came out fine, not too strong at all! It brewed up so dark though, almost coffee-colored, and smelled like yeast and a bit earthy. Definitely a good smell, at least to my nose.

The taste, surprisingly, is both fresh and dry ginger, a combination I’ve never had in tea before. There’s that spicy, hits you in the back of the throat heat you get from ginger root, and that mellow baking flavor from the dried. The pu-erh is definitely a nice addition as it gives a fullness to the cup, it’s not overwhelmingly ginger the whole way through but has a rich, earthy finish. I don’t really taste any of the orange, though—which is better, I like it being just ginger. Ginger + orange = the holidays to me. I can see this as being a blend I regularly reach for on colder, wet days (which happens quite a bit this time of year in NY).

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

this is a good one for nasty weather!

Alphakitty

Yes, it was really the perfect day for this to arrive!

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Another interesting combination from Rishi Tea blending organic ginger and pu’erh tea. Not something I would normally look for, even though I enjoy good pu’erh tea and ginger tea as well (especially from fresh ginger). However, it was part of a sampler pack I had purchased and I thought I would give it a try.

Their brewing parameters of 5-6 minutes were a disaster on my first attempt, making a truly undrinkable brew—but when I shortened the time to 3 minutes, at 195 degrees F, it brews up to a really tasty concoction. Dark and earthy, predominantly ginger flavor but with a distinct pu’erh taste supporting. I was amazed to get three nice infusions this way with enough left over to try iced. Mmmm. You have to really like ginger to enjoy this (duh!) and try out the brewing parameters to find a taste that suits you. If the ginger is too prominent, try a second infusion where it tones down a bit.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec
ssajami

I keep wanting to try a flavored pu erh, but somehow I can get my mind around the IDEA of a flavored pu erh. I love flavored blacks / greens. Flavored Oolong is something that I have just lately tried (and liked, to my surprise). However, pu erh is the earthy tea I have in my gaiwan, and there is no room for flavors in there.

Ahh…but the curiosity…I will have to try…

E Alexander Gerster

I always seem to have too much fresh ginger root around, both from the market and also from the yard… I occasionally dry chopped ginger and save it in a tin, and I think I will try a small bit of this with some of the unremarkable pu’erh tea that I have around and see what works. This may be the cheapest way to try a flavored pu’erh! :)
Let me know if your curiosity inspires you to try a flavor that complements your pu’erh.

Kashyap

I prefer fresh ginger as well….much more dyanmic

ssajami

Dried ginger in pu erh….it sounds intriguing. I shall give it a try too. For me, sort of a baby step towards flavored pu erh.

Kashyap

Incidentally I tried for years to develope a pumpkin chai soup, trying every tea I could think of that might give a nod to the land of chai..then one day I realized the best tea for the job didn’t come from India..I started using toucho shou puerh…adding several of them with fresh ginger, cinnamon, clove, pepper, salt, and brown sugar, I would steep it into a thick base and after the butternut squash and pumpkins were roasted (I would pour a bit of the tea into the ‘bowls’ of the squash while it was finishing roasting and let the tea carmelize the surface), I scrape out and puree the squash, add the tea concentrate…adjust flavors and finish it with coconut milk or heavy cream (vegan vs veggie)….the pu erh is perfect. Deep enough that the flavor comes through, allows the tea, spices, and squash to each have an expression on the palate.

E Alexander Gerster

Wow! Now that’s creative! You have inspired me to try something similar. I noticed last time I made butternut squash soup that it paired with pu’erh tea very nicely—and why not add a bit to the mix? Your pumpkin chai soup sounds like heaven to me!

Kashyap

if you want the recipe I would be happy to share
its almost that season

ssajami

Yes please, a recipe! It sounds awesome.

E Alexander Gerster

Would love the recipe for your pumpkin chai soup! I thought about it again last night as I was roasting some calabaza for a quesadilla made with flor de calabaza, queso Oaxaca and epazote. Epazote is known as Mexican tea, and grows pretty easily here in Miami, but is definitely an acquired taste!

Kashyap

I will post it shortly then! sorry for the delay

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Quick impressions:

Ginger and Soil. Planty, peaty, earthy ginger. Warmed in a terracota pot in the summertime. Unsweet ginger.

I like ginger so I like this just fine.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 8 min or more

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Until now I’ve shied away from pu-erhs because I kept reading about some having a fishy smell and/or taste. The idea of a fishy tasting tea was enough to roll my stomach. Then, last night a friend gifted me this tea. I was really tentative about trying it, but now I’m so glad I did. I think this tea mixed with the ginger was just what I needed to step out of my comfort zone.

This is a great winter tea. The pu-erh is earthy and thick (in a good way), and the ginger gives an immediate warmth while leaving a tiny bit of heat in the back of the throat. It’s perfect for chasing away the chills. While I am a huge ginger fan I would like to try a pu-erh on its own. The earthy flavor was intriguing, and I think it would be nice to sit with just that flavor for a while.

So here’s to trying new things and thoughtful gifts from sweet friends. Now I’m off to find my next pu-erh fix. :)

ashmanra

Not all puerh is fishy! If you get one that is, you can usually air it out for a couple of days and get rid of the smell. But lots of puerh teas are earthy, mushrooms, cedar-y, etc. they can be so different! Glad you liked this one.

Veronica

I’ll have to remember the tip about airing it out if needed because I am definitely going to try more pu-erh. Thanks!

Bonnie

I’ve had LOTS of puerh and only a couple that didn’t taste too good. Regular tea’s have disappointed me more than puerh’s with sour artificial flavors. So the point is, look under the puerh tab at which puerh’s are favorites of the people here on Steepster and try some or ask people who like Puerh (ashmanra, Amy Oh, Indigobloom, mrmopar, or me for instance).

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Yesterday I travelled to the Milwaukee Art Museum, because I’d never been there. Of course, it’s the middle of summer, so they cranked up the air conditioning as high as they possibly could. I had left my sweater in my locker and I was freezing. We were having lunch, and this was on the menu, so I figured I would try it. I never had Pu-erh tea before.
The problem with museum food is that once you’re in there, you’re stuck in there to eat whatever they have to offer. As a vegan, I’m often delegated to salads—which are fine, they just don’t warm you up. So, thus the tea. I really liked it! It reminded me of a lentil soup I make with ginger, one that I had been craving. This tea warmed up up right away, and I had the energy to keep going and check out the modern wing upstairs. (Can I just say: Helen Frankenthaler and Richard Dierbenkorn? I’m surprised that I fell in love with their work so thoroughly yesterday, when I had paid them no heed before.)
This Pu-erh might not be the best, but it certainly is tied to a lot of memories of yesterday. I might have to try this for myself at home. And while Pu-erh is warming, does anyone know about a tea that is ‘energizing’? I have canvases to begin and I’m dragging. Canvas+dragging=Tea.

Cofftea

I was there to see the Dead Sea Scrolls and didn’t find any loose hot tea. Where was it? But P.S. I had an Indian taco that was amazing. Loose chai would have been great w/ it. :(

Cofftea

Ok, I’m an idiot- I didn’t read “art” lol. I saw Milwaukee and museum and assumed public.

Cory Ostermann

the milwaukee art museum has a little cafe in the lower levels. They offered a bunch of different Rishi teas. I had a lot of trouble choosing between the Pu-erh Ginger and the Blueberry Rooibos.

Cofftea

Well since I do not like blueberry or rooibos, that would be an ubberly easy decision for me:) Do they serve matcha?

Cory Ostermann

I can’t recall! I tried to look it up on their website, but strangely, the page of the menu with all the drinks (and Tea!) was missing. http://www.mam.org/visit/details/detail_cafe.php
:( Next time I go I’ll make sure to ask for matcha.

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Random Teabag Sipdown!

When I first saw this in my Rishi teabag sampler pack I was curious about the combination, it wasn’t one I had tried before, but I didn’t particularly care for this one. I love ginger, but I felt that there was just a bit to much of it. I had trouble tasting the pu-erh base through all of the ginger. I will say that this was great to drink to calm my upset stomach from all of the eating out I’ve done this week. I can’t wait to go home and start cooking again.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I was given a sample packet of this tea by my local coffee shop. This is the first puerh blend from Rishi that I’ve ever had where I could taste the puerh. What’s funny about that is what it’s blended with is quite strong. The ginger is spicy, but I can taste the leather and earth of the puerh. It even coats my tounge like a real puerh. So I’m drinking puerh and doing ginger shots, I like multi-tasking.

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delish. perfect for 15 degree weather and a car that is buried in snow…

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Boiling

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