Tea: Cardamon Pu-Erh

A Flavored Pu-erh from Numi Organic Tea - O Organic

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Brand:Numi Organic Tea
Style:Flavored Pu-erh
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Product page:Cardamon Pu-Erh

Review of Cardamon Pu-Erh

6 of 104 of 54 of 573 of 100
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This was the first Pu-erh style tea I ever tried, and I selected it because I love the seductive, alluring, sweet smell of cardamom spice. Now, I had read about Pu-erhs and how they are strange and "earthy," but I didn't really know what that meant.

The moment I opened the box, the outstandingly powerful aromas immediately saturated the senses, even though the packets were tightly sealed. I readied myself for an amazing cup of tea. However, the flavor was quite unexpected! I cannot say that I liked it very much, and my kids were pretty turned off by the smell, which reminded us of a walk through a barnyard with a sack of eastern spices on your back- so that's what they mean by "earthy!"

I decided to give it another try, this time adding a splash of cream and some raw sugar, and to my surprise this completed it. It now took on a pleasingly sweet, Arabian coffee character, and the "earthy" manure aspect was effectively toned down.

The liquor was quite rich and deep, like coffee. There was no bitterness or astringency. I imagine it would be a nice match with curries, rice dishes, salmon, lamb, or luscious, chocolate desserts. I was also able to get a good second cup, which increases the value.

Pu-erhs have a healthy reputation, and are known in China as "The Skinny Girls' Tea" because they improve metabolism, aid in digestion, help with weight, and give an energy boost without the "jitters."

If you are a fan of cardamom spice, or enjoy traditional Arabic coffees, I recommend trying this one. Bottom line: I definitely plan to enjoy this one again, but it is not for everyone.

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