Hey there Teacups! It’s time for another Let’s Talk Tea post, this time around I’m going to be reviewing Tea House Emporium’s – Pu’erh Wellness Guarana blend. You all know that I’m a huge fan of Pu’erh so when I saw that they had sent a Pu’erh blend in the package that they sent to me along side the tea Easter egg they sent I couldn’t have been happier. If you haven’t read my review of one of their amazing tea Easter eggs yet you can find that here.
In the past few weeks I’ve really been enjoying Pu’erh based blends, at first it was just unblended stand along sheng and shou Pu’erh that I was drinking, and I didn’t think that many companies used it for blends but clearly, I was very wrong. I can’t wait to try some more Pu’erh blends throughout the rest of this year if they are all anything like the blends I’ve tried so far, I really am in for some amazing treats.
Sweet – Floral – Fruity – Earthy – Woody
Ingredients: Pu’erh Tea (Min. 79.3%), Guarana (Min. 3.6%), Ginkgo, Red & Blackcurrants, Raspberry & Blackberry Leaves, Flowers of Peony & Bluebottle. (V)
The aroma of this blends dry leaves is beautiful and reminded me a little bit of both raspberry ripple ice cream and Robinsons fruit cordial (Not together of course) with it’s sweet, fruity and creamy notes. The Pu’erh didn’t come through much in the dry aroma aside from a very slight earthy note. Aroma wise this seemed to come across as a well balanced and perfectly blended. Before it came to trying this I just hoped that everything from its aroma would translate in its taste.
Tisane Tasting Notes
For this tasting session I used: around 3-3.5g of tea, 100o Water, My 150ml Ceramic Rare Tea Co Teapot and my T2 150ml Stoneware Tumbler. I steep this for 3-4 mins and resteeped afterwards as well. I got two excellent steeps out of the leaves I used and in fact the Pu’erh used in this blend is of such a good quality that I probably could have done one more steep looking back on it.
Honestly this is one of if not the best Pu’erh based blend I have ever tried. I’ve had Pu’erh in other blends but its always been blended with black tea but in this blend, it stood on its own and was truly the shining star. I never would have thought to pair Pu’erh with guarana or currants, but they really do work perfectly together, all in all this blend is incredibly well thought out and excellently blended you can tell that a lot of hard work has gone into perfecting it. I’m thankful that they sent this blend to me to and for how much of it they sent even though I have quite a decent amount of this blend left I really don’t think it will last for much longer.
The stand out note in its flavour profile is an earthy one as you would expect with a Pu’erh but what takes this to a whole new level is the underlying fruity and floral notes it also has. I’ve never had a blend that had bluebell and peony petal in it and I didn’t think they were going to make much of a difference flavour wise, but they really do. The floral taste they provided was much stronger than I thought it would be especially in my first steep, it calmed down a little in my second one, but I expected that petals can be quite delicate and normally don’t take to being re-steeped as well as tea leaves do.
Mouthfeel wise it’s very smooth and doesn’t dry my mouth out at all which surprised me as sometimes Pu’erh can be a little bit drying. There was a little bit of astringency too it but not enough to ruin my overall enjoyment of the blend. I feel like this would work well as both an iced tea and a tea latte so over the next few weeks I’m going to give them both a go and see if I’m write or not, I’ll be sure to let you all know how I get on. IT’s as perfectly balanced in taste as it is in aroma and there isn’t really one element that overpowers another like I said before a lot of hard work, care and attention as clearly gone into creating this blend and you can tell that from the moment you take your first sip. Both teas I’ve tried from the Tea House Emporium have been phenomenal they’ve made a great first impression and I can’t wait to try some more of their blends in the future.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to get to know more about the Tea House Emporium and purchase this blend for yourself, you can do that here. As always if you have any questions you can either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley