Pu-erh and Blood Orange Blend (Organic Red TIger Tea)

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The powerful flavor combination of blood orange, grapefruit citrus and pu-erh black tea create an invigorating tea blend to insure good health and good fortune with each cup of Red Tiger Pu-erh tea. We’ve taken a pu-erh black tea traditionally known for being a digestive aid and popular in Hong Kong Chinese Dim Sum restaurants and combined it with the most popular fruit of the Chinese New Year Celebration, the orange – a specially selected “lucky” red orange (aka Ruby, Moro or Blood orange).

Our organic “Red Tiger” tea has a full body with a crisp and refreshing citrus note rather than the usual dominant woodsy taste of pu-erh teas . The aroma and flavor of ruby orange and grapefruit are in perfect balance with the rich-bodied Pu-erh tea.

How to Prepare Pu-erh & Blood Orange Blend:
Heat water (filtered if possible) to boiling or 212˚F and let it cool down to 190°F. Use 1 well-rounded teaspoon per 8 oz. cup, infuse for 5 minutes. May be infused a second time. Most pu-erh tea is drunk plain without the addition of milk or sweeteners.

Organic Yunnan Pu-erh tea, organic hibiscus, organic lemon myrtle, organic licorice root, natural oils of orange, grapefruit and blood orange.

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On their site, Zen Tara calls this Pu-erh & Blood Orange Blend, but the package they sent me says “Organic Red Tiger Tea” so I put that in the title too.

Open the package and it smells like fresh citrus fruit, mostly orange. Yum!

The liquor never gets as dark as other pu-erhs do, and really all I can taste is the oranges and grapefruit. Mostly the oranges. I get a little spice in there, maybe the licorice, but not much, just an accent. It kind of reminds me of those orange spice kind of teas, except juicier and just much better. Also with those orange spice teas, it’s usually a black tea that it is blended with (I’m thinking Constant Comment here-side note-Constant Comment was the first tea I ever had with sugar in it, a patient’s sister made it for me, and really it was pretty good.), but the pu-erh is so subtle in this, you almost can’t tell it’s there. The mellowness and earthiness of the pu-erh goes soooo well with the citrus. Seriously, this tastes and smells like fresh oranges squeezed into your cup of pu-erh, without the pulp and that sometimes acrid smell from the pith. I’m talking good fresh oranges. It’s very fresh tasting.

Oh my gosh, I love this one. Quite excellent.

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I really like this tea. Really, really liked it. It was great steaming hot, it was great when it cooled off, and it’s delicious over ice. I added a little sugar once, just in case, but the extra sweetness didn’t help. It’s perfect on its own.

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This tea smells very citrus-y, but it is well balanced when brewed. The funky fermentation of the pu-erh goes well with the citrus. I have to learn to stop drinking pu-erh tea on an empty stomach since it makes me extremely hungry! This would be a great tea to drink at the end of the meal since it is refreshing. I might also try it as an iced tea since it is a pretty red color when brewed and the citrus flavor would go well over ice.

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