Coffee Lovers' Tea

Tea type
Pu-erh Tea
Ingredients
Almonds, Pu Erh Tea, Vanilla
Flavors
Almond, Coffee, Earth, Marzipan, Vanilla, Caramel
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Not available
Certification
Organic
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Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 oz / 295 ml

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The earthiness of organic pu-erh tea fuses with caramel for a sweetly decadent finish reminiscent of coffee. Full flavored and smooth.

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Pu-erh tea can be a bit tricky for the average tea drinker. Unflavored pu-erh has its own particular traditions and processes, and I’ll let the experts handle those reviews for now. Flavored pu-erh tends to be more approachable, but the brew times should definitely be followed. For one of my brews, I let the tea sit a tad too long and I started to get more sour, fishy notes that weren’t too appealing.

When I’m more careful with the brew times and temperatures, this blend takes on the full-bodied smoothness that pu-erh drinkers rave about. There’s a strong vanilla creaminess, and even notes of almond-marzipan, surprisingly sweet and smooth, very much like dessert. The creamy flavors pair well with the more rich and earthy coffee and chicory tones.

I’m not sure that coffee drinkers would use this tea as a replacement, but it may serve as a nice alternative for the rich, warm, after-dinner brew.

Flavors: Almond, Coffee, Earth, Marzipan, Vanilla

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Another sample from Amoda – the ingredients on the bag say almonds and vanilla, but the tea description says caramel, which is a bit confusing. It’s fairly similar to the Caramel Toffee Puerh I have in my cupboard, so I’m brewing them together to compare. It smells delicious, a bit more caramel-y dry, and a bit more vanilla-y once steeped. I used 3g of leaf for 10oz of water, two quick rinses with boiling water, and then a 5min steep. This is actually pretty nice. The puerh base is smooth and rich and a bit sweet. It doesn’t taste as sweet and desserty as it smells, but there is definitely some vanilla creaminess that really comes out in the flavour. It smells and looks so similar to the caramel toffee puerh I already have, but it actually does taste a bit better. When that one runs out, I might restock with this one instead.

Edited to add: Second steeping (7min) is milder in flavour, but still sweet and pleasant. Also, I feel like I could have a nap. Is it normal for shou puerh to make you sleepy?

Flavors: Caramel, Earth, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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