Pu-erh Bordeaux Tea Blend

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Pu'erh Tea
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Berries, Hibiscus, Sour
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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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REFORM! Ingredients: Organic pu-erh tea, organic elderberries, organic hibiscus flowers, organic red wine grape skins, organic blackberries, organic raspberries, organic lavender flowers.

This distinctive, gourmet blend honors the cultural parallels between Pu-erh tea and Bordeaux wine–a pair of ancient beverages richly steeped in tradition and history. Their very names derive from their geographic place of origin. Connoisseurs seek those that best express their terroir. Both of these treasured libations benefit from the richening effect of aging, ripening to develop a complex, nuanced character. Together, Pu-erh tea and red wine grape skins of various Bordeaux varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc create a smooth, supple sip with a refined structure and notes of dark fruits, cocoa nibs and a hint of fig.

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Rishi Tea specializes in sourcing the most rarefied teas and botanical ingredients from exotic origins around the globe. This forms a palette from which we craft original blends inspired by equal parts ancient herbal wisdom and modern culinary innovation. Discover new tastes and join us on our journey to leave ‘No Leaf Unturned’.

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61 tasting notes

I see what is going on here. This should work in theory: the tart hibiscus and elderberry should complement the grape skins, and evoke the tannins in tea. The pu’erh should evoke the ripe earthiness of a full red wine. But ultimately, it doesn’t work like that.

It reminds me of when you’re making a cold process soap with beer or wine. The basic pH kills off any wine or beer aroma, so it’s necessary to fragrance it with something with oatmeal or citrus or chocolate notes so you kind of get the “impression” of the beverage.

I guess the old formulation, with raspberries on the front and no hibiscus or elderberries, reminded reviewers of a Berry Zinger. The new formulation is all hibiscus and elderberries. Which is great, if you enjoy the tart juiciness of those flavors, but less great if you were expecting something like a woodsy merlot.

Definitely an okay sipper to replace poorer bagged fruit teas, but not a must-have.

Flavors: Berries, Hibiscus, Sour

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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33 tasting notes

Recently reformed to bring out the juicy qualities with the addition of elderberries! If you have not tried it now would be the time!

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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