Strong artificial flavor. Slight Puerh flavor hidden by flavoring.
“I had the last of this in my to go mug this morning. Goodbye, delicious coffee pu’erh, I hardly knew ye. Ok, so I actually knew it almost every morning for the last week. I love this stuff, but I...” Read full tasting note
“This stuff is absolutely divine. But this is coming from somebody who drank coffee before she drank tea. I now prefer the latter over the former but that’s not what this review is about – I’m...” Read full tasting note
“Eeek! I forgot all about my reaction to this one last time and ordered it again, only this time as a latte. Hey if I’m limiting myself to one hot tea per week I might as well splurge a tad, right??...” Read full tasting note
“Okay, so, I have never had a pu’erh tea before. I’m a reformed coffee drinker (3 cups a day) and I am still a little out of my element here. Completely happy and joyful about exploring the world of...” Read full tasting note
Pu’erh has come a long way since its heyday as a tribute tea to Chinese emperors a thousand years back. It’s still got that legendary taste, but the new “cooked” varieties are really something special. Our blend helps mark this milestone by combining pu’erh with coffee beans, chocolate, caramel and almond flavour. Even your coffee-addict friends will go crazy for it. (MK Kosher)
Ingredients: Chinese cooked pu’erh tea, coffee beans, artificial and natural flavouring*.
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Tried this out today after my shipment came in. I may have steeped it too long anyway. The dry leaves definitely smell like coffee and a hit of chocolate. The liquor after steeping was dark. Definitely the darkest I’ve seen from a tea. It was kinda bitter on it’s own but I added a teaspoon of sugar and a tablespoon of milk and it tasted better. It was earthy, coffee-tasting, bitter and with the sugar, sweet. I kinda like it. I’ll have to play around with how I brew it. But I think it’s a nice tea for someone who doesn’t like coffee but doesn’t mind bitterness.
Flavors: Bitter, Coffee, Dark Chocolate
Oh my. This smells amazing. I’m probably going to need to add milk to this. I suppose we’re about to find out. :P
Still using my color-changing Yoda mug. Turned it around to see the Alliance’s “vector.” Is that what it’s called?
Ooo, this is creamy in its own right. It has a taste I wasn’t expecting… like hay? What? Yeah, hay or grass. Huh. That’s different. It definitely tastes green. And that’s not because my mug has a background of Degobah. Haha!
I don’t think I’ll need milk for this, but I’ll think on it. The coffee doesn’t come through especially strong. I’m not a huge fan of actual coffee taste, so that’s a good thing. “I’d like just a little coffee with my hot cocoa.” :D
For me, someone who loves coffee, this was a terrible substitute. For the tea lover in me, I was sorely disappointed as well. Weak yet bitter, the almond did nothing for it either.
The pu’erh’s strong flavours were done a disservice by the bitter, yet bland and water-y, coffee flavouring. The almond flavouring did nothing for me either.
I’m someone that doesn’t tolerate coffee. Yes, I do enjoy Coffee Crisps bars and coffee cakes but I cannot swallow one sip of the sweetest Brazilian coffee. After trying Jumpy Monkey and actually liking it, I thought I would give a try to another coffee tea. Once steeped, the liquor is strangely opaque, like coffee. Unfortunately, this is too much for me. Maybe more vanilla aromas would make it better for me but, as it is, it’s too strong and too bitter.
However, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to someone who is transitioning from coffee to tea.
it’s good coffee..but not tasting any puerh. hmmm…maybe flavored puerh is not for me. did a side by side with samovar blood orange and natural tea leaf lavender puerh. i was able to detect puerh in the others but the coffee flavor in this makes up for the lack. great for those wanting to sub tea for coffee but now im wondering about the caffeine content of this.. it might be half coffee half tea lol
Huh I’m amazed I never commented on this tea before. I drink this somewhat regularly and have a couple different ways I like to make it depending on what I’m going for. Typically if I want it to be more sweet coffee/chocolatey dessert tea, I steep it for about 2 minutes and put a bit of sugar (honey seems “wrong” with this one to me on account of the coffee) and almond milk in it. If I want it to be more earthy and tea-y, I let it steep for 5+ minutes, depending entirely on how much attention I’m paying it.
… I’ve been tempted to see how short steeps go for this, but just can’t be arsed to experiment when I really quite enjoy this as I’ve been doing it.
Also, I do rinse it briefly (~10 secs) with cooled boiling water off the start, which I don’t know if it’s “necessary”, but the initial rinse liquid does smell a bit wonky to me. If nothing else, in my mind it’s a good thing.
Edit: Oh of course NOW I see my old review pop up on the page. Oh well. I hope this one might be a bit more helpful at least.
There are coffee beans in this blend! It has a pleasant, coffee-like aroma as well. I was a little wary of the base as I have not tried any of DAVIDs pu-erh blends before, but it did not display any offensive qualities. There was no fishiness, and reviews to the contrary seem to be from some time ago, so they may have improved the blend since then. As for the quality of the taste…was it earthy? Possibly. Did it taste like coffee? A little bit. Was it smooth and recognizably not black tea? Yes. Did it have its own complexity or distinguishing qualities? Not so much. But oddly enough, it was enjoyable to drink—maybe I just craved that aromatic, coffee-and-caramel experience in the morning. In all, if I were to recommend a flavored pu-erh blend, I would pick a different one (the tea base is much more pronounced in Lupicia’s blends, for instance), but this isn’t bad either. Thanks to beelicious for the sample!