REVIEW: Nothing But Tea – Pu Erh Chai

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Tea: Cooked puerh tea with chai spices (fennel seeds, aniseed, liquorice, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger and cloves)
Sample provided by: Nothing But Tea
Twitter: @Nothingbuttea
Link to Pu Erh Chai

I love chai and I love puerh, but I’ve never had a puerh chai, nor have I ever tried a flavoured puerh. So . . . let’s dig in!

Dry leaf:

– The dry leaf is made up of medium-sized cooked puerh leaves and whole or bits of dried spices

– It is a very aromatic dry leaf. The cinnamon really stands out to me

Infused tea:

– The tea cups out a dark brown liquor with a red tinge around the lip of the cup. I most notice the earthy aroma of the puerh, with undertones of cinnamon and liquorice

– It is medium to full-bodied tea that is extremely smooth. The puerh is the most predominate flavour in the body of the tea. The black pepper, ginger, cinnamon and liquorice finish off the liquor and give a nice sting to your throat

Tips/conclusions:

– Infuse five to 10 minutes. You will get two infusion out of this tea

– I think this is a nice twist on traditional chai. At times I really crave the flavour of chai tea, but I don’t want to drink a big cup of it with all the milk and sugar. This tea can definitely nip my craving, as it is best drunk without milk and sugar: milk doesn’t jive with the puerh, and the liquorice gives the tea enough sweetness. My only critique of this tea is that I’d like more cardamom flavour and less liquorice. The liquorice is a bit strong for my palate. The strong cinnamon aroma and flavour is a big winner with me, though

Score:

4.25/5

Retail price: 10 grams for £1.25 / 100 grams for £5.80 / 250 grams for £13.78 / 500 grams for £26.10

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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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