The folks at Numi Organic Tea asked if I'd like to sample some of their new flavored puerhs, and of course I said yes. My observation is that tea drinkers either love or hate the rich, earthy flavor of puerhs, and I happen to fall into the "love" category.
Here's what Numi says about puerhs: "Puerh is an ancient healing tea picked from 500-year-old organic wild tea trees in Yunnan, China. Unlike traditional teas, Puerh undergoes a unique 60-day fermentation process resulting in a bold flavor with hints of malt and an abundance of healthy antioxidants. Puerh can be compressed into bricks and aged, like fine wine, for months, years or even decades. This increases its value, health benefits and premium taste. In addition, studies in China and France show that Puerh can also reduce cholesterol, improve digestion and metabolism, and can aid and support healthy weight loss." The five flavors are Jasmine, Coconut, Cardamom, Ginger and Basil Mint.
I couldn't imagine that jasmine flavor would even register in a puerh tea, but to my amazement it did, and it was great! I enjoy jasmine tea anyway, and it was nice to think I was also getting the benefits from the puerh tea.
The coconut puerh was pretty good, but I didn't get a nice opening whiff of coconut as I'd hoped for. The flavor, however, was spot on, and I enjoyed it very much.
Basil Mint sounded like a most interesting flavor combination in a tea, and I am here to tell you it is divine! The scent and taste of these herbs instantly recalled past visits to an old plantation home's herb shoppe that used to operate here in my town. I really felt like I was *sipping* the aroma of a good old-fashioned herb emporium, and this happy flavor brought back many wonderful memories. I still have two more puerhs I'll sample later on, and I fully expect I'll enjoy the rest of these great new teas from Numi. Readers, do you drink puerhs? Let me know and if so, I'll include some samples of all these teas in this Saturday's giveaway!