Today’s tea was Coffee Pu’erh. What? You don’t think coffee and tea belong together? I used to feel that way, and while it wouldn’t be my every day choice, one of my favourite teas is one called jumpy Monkey, which contains coffee beans.
Coffee Pu’erh is a very dark mixture and the description says it contains almond and vanilla flavouring in addition to the pu’erh tea. I didn’t smell either of those ingredients, but I did detect the coffee, and a smell that I can only describe as dark, if dark has a scent. It really appealed to me, and I looked forward to trying it.
I steeped this tea for 5 minutes with water heated almost to boiling. After steeping it retained that dark scent, and as you can see, the tea is dark, in fact it looks to be the colour coffee.
On sipping it, this tea tastes a bit like coffee, but not quite as strong. Maybe coffee with a bit of water added to make it weaker. Surprisingly, for as dark as it is, the flavour is quite smooth, I don’t find it bitter at all, so I didn’t need to add milk or cream to make it more palatable as I sometimes have to do with some strong black teas.
I like this tea, and I think it would be very good paired with something sweet. I will be adding it to my list of teas to buy again.