Category Archives: Pu-erh

Review: Harney & Sons Wild Pu-ERH 1998

Harney & Sons Wild Pu-erh 1998

 

Abby says:

Tea type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @210 (boiling point)
Steeped: 3-4 minutes
Served: Nothing added

While visiting the Harney & Sons tea shop in New York, Katie and I spent some time talking to one of the wonderful tea experts in-house. I told him that I’ve tried a lot of various Harney & Sons teas over the years and was looking for something a little different, out there. I have several go-to Harney & Sons tea that I always keep in stock like Paris, SOHO and Organic Bancha, but on that day I was looking to try something outside the norm. Our tea expert came through for sure! This tea is very different and so delicious!

Pu-erh tea is a type of fermented black tea from China. After processing the tea leaves are then pressed into a cake. I love this because before steeping you break into this pressed cake patty to get the right amount of tea.

The flavor of this tea is unique. There are earthy hints of beets and grass.  There is also hints of something else, that I can’t quite put my finger on. Although the flavors are earthy and vegetal, they remain very clean and crisp. this is not always the case for pu-erh teas and certainly appreciated in this tea.

If you are looking for something try that taste wonderful, but isn’t the traditional black tea we think of here in the USA, give this one a try. Keep in mind that if you are pairing this tea with food, head to the savory side instead of sweet.

Taste: 5 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – This tea is easy to make.

Harney & Sons Wild Pu-erh 1998

 

 

Review: Rishi Pu-erh Ginger Tea Blend

Rishi Ginger

Overall rating:

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.

Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose Leaf
Temperature: @ 212 (boiling)
Steep time: 4 minutes
Served with:  Nothing added

This tea has bite!  Rishi Pu-erh Ginger is no weak, sweetened ginger tea. No, Sir. It’s the real deal, with actual ginger pieces mixed with beautiful tea. The blend of pu-erh and real ginger makes for a rich dark chocolate-brown tea, with a light herbal aroma and sharp, strong taste. *Top tip: the longer you brew it the stronger the tea AND ginger flavors will get!

Typically, when tasting tea blends, I like to taste the tea first and the most, with hints of the other blended ingredients to help amplify or extenuate the tea flavors. This is definitely not the case here and I don’t even care! I love the punchy, spicy flavor so much that I don’t mind that the pu-erh tea flavors are pushed to the background. Don’t get me wrong, you can certainly still taste the tea, but it plays second fiddle to the robust ginger.

Give this tea a try if you are looking for bold flavor. I think this is a great tea for any season and would make a terrific iced tea, but for me its best for the fall because the spicy ginger warms you right up!

Rating:

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

Rishi Ginger

Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose leaf
Temperature: @ 212 (boiling)
Steep time: 4 minutes
Served with: a touch of honey 

This is a DARK tea! I like strong tea but I was surprised by just how dark this was! You could easily mistake this tea for coffee. It’s kind of like the Guiness of tea. Dark, malty & flavorful. The ginger does play the starring  role, but the pu-erh tea base is very nice. I would certainly keep this one in my tea stash. I’d also highly recommend it to anyone trying to make the switch from coffee to teas since this is the darkest I’ve come across! It’s also one of the most unique teas I’ve tried. It would be a great gift for an adventurous tea-lover!

Rating:

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.

Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

  

Review: Stash Black Forest Cake Pu-erh Tea

Stash Tea was kind enough to send us samples of their teas from their  pyramid tea bag collection to review.* Thank you!

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4.5 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – This tea is easy to make.

Abby says:

Temperature: @200 (boiling point)
Steeped: 3-4 minutes
Served: Nothing added at first, then a little honey to round out the sweetness

Ok, does this tea hold up to the drool inducing name?  Well, it doesn’t taste EXACTLY like black forrest cake, but for a liquid, calorie and guilt free substitute it is pretty darn good!  The aroma is what I found most striking.  In opening the sealed bag it smelled as though there was a freshly baked chocolate cake sitting in front of me.  But, no there was simply a pyramid tea bag filled with pu-erh tea, natural milk chocolate flavor, natural dark chocolate flavor, cherry pieces, almond oil, vanilla extract, hibiscus, organic cocoa nibs.  Pu-erh is a fermented tea produced in the Yunnan Province of China with it’s own classification.

After the first couple of sips, I thought “Alright, I get where this is going – it is good, I can taste the tea and the chocolate, almond flavor”.  Then I added a spot of honey and then, wow, it was great!  It needed that little bit of extra sweetness in flavor to match the sweetness in the aroma.

Taste: 4 of 5 tea leaves – Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – This tea is easy to make.

Katie says:

Temperature: @200 (boiling point)
Steeped: 5+ minutes, just leave the tea bag in there.
Served: Nothing added at first, then a little sugar and and 2nd cup with milk & sugar.

As Abby said, yes, Stash Tea was kind enough to send us samples of their new pyramid tea bags. First, I love this type of tea bag. The pouches are pretty but also allow plenty of room for the tea to expand and steep as well as for you to see what the tea looks like. I opened the bag, sniffed and them inhaled a big DEEP breath. This tea has such a powerful scent of black forest cake that I couldn’t wait to try it. I made a cup — immediately! It was quite good. Of course, tea isn’t going to taste exactly like cake, but this is as close as a beverage can be.  A little bit of milk and sugar enhanced the flavors even more to make me feel like I was having dessert. I could almost believe that I am eating some calorie-rich treat. Luckily this is much more new-year’s-resolution friendly. Is anyone still keeping those??

Anyway, this tea is much better than any other chocolate tea that I’ve tried. And, it smells positively heavenly. I’m tempted ot keep some as potpouri. 😉 When I cut the bag open to photograph it I saw chunks of dried cherry. I even ate one, and it tasted great! I know, it was a idea that could have gone seriously wrong…I don’t advocate eating tea leaves but if you can pick out a hunk of cherry – yum!

Taste: 5 of 5 tea leaves – A must try!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves – This tea is easy to make.

*Please note that we are just as critical of free teas as the ones we purchase. If we get a sample we don’t like we won’t include it on our blog.