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Pu-erh Cabernet from Vintage TeaWorks

September23

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Pu-erh

Where to Buy:  Vintage TeaWorks

Tea Description:

Inspired by Cabernet Sauvignon, we blended
 natural ingredients to create a Pu-erh tea blend that is full-bodied, 
 dark and decadent with hints of black cherry, clove, vanilla and spice. 
 Like Cabernet, Pu-erh is one of the few teas in the world that ages
 well.

Learn more about this Wine Inspired Tea here.

Taster’s Review:

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m just a little hesitant when it comes to Pu-erh.  I’m getting better, certainly, but, the hesitation is still there.  Even after I’ve brewed the tea, and it’s in my cup sitting in front of me, there’s hesitation to lift the cup to my lips and sip.

But, I’m hoping that this experience will change all that, because this is WONDERFUL!  It is deliciously full-flavored, with notes of warm cinnamon and clove, soft vanilla, sweet cherry and even a hint of cocoa in the background.  It’s so incredible!

Yes, that earthiness from the Pu-erh is there, but it exists mostly in the aroma and not so much in the flavor.  I think that with the flavor, it sort of melds with the earthiness of the spices and cocoa notes, so, it is not at all peat-y tasting.  Instead … it tastes smooth and well-rounded and oh-so-pleasant.  I’m betting even someone who has sworn themselves off of Pu-erh would enjoy this one!

It has a mellowness to it, and it’s remarkably smooth … much smoother than most wines I’ve tasted (I’ll admit that I’ve not tasted any recently though!)  It is free of bitterness, and there is very little astringency.  It is smooth from beginning to end, and it is nicely round.

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