Hope your weekends went well and your Mondays back at work passed by without a problem!
Today I am doing a Tea At A Glance feature on one of our specialty teas – Scottish Caramel Pu-Erh.
The reason I am doing this particular tea is because I am planning on doing a Tea Culture post all about the production & benefits of Pu-Erh tea (which for a fast fact is a fermented and dark tea, hailing from the Yunnan Province of China).
I pronounce the tea as:
But I think you can also pronounce as:
( like Pear but with a “w“, like a little kid whose learning to talk).
Ingredients for this tea are as follows:
- Black Tea (Pu-erh style)
- Almond Pieces
This tea is an interesting one, but I kind of like it.
You have the base of black tea, but when you smell it, it smells like caramel, like a sweet dessert tea. I remember smelling this tea and feeling like I wasn’t sure what to make of it, whether I enjoyed the smell or not. I mean, it had a clearly sweet smell to it but I also smelled black tea, but not the kind of black tea which you smell coming from an earl grey or an English Breakfast (mainly black teas with ingredients such as oil of Bergamot, Assam etc.).
But I digress.
The tea is super. delicious. Compared to the smell which threw me for a loop, it tastes sweet and this tea would be delicious in a latte (a little bit of milk, some caramel syrup to emphasize the flavor of caramel, yum, yes. Do it). The aftertaste is this warm, caramel, flavor that sits in the back of your throat and goes down quite nicely.
One thing to keep in mind is that you should only steep this tea for 3 minutes for the first cup, any more and the tea is going to be really strong. After that, you can steep it a little more for each cup of tea you make, so a 2nd cup, steep for 4 minutes, 3rd cup 5 minutes.
I think the problem with this tea is that people may be thrown off by the name Pu-Erh. I know personally I had never heard of Pu-Erh tea before working at Bean Around Books & Tea, and I think the name often frightens people away because they don’t recognize that particular type of tea.
However, fear no more, as it is posts such as that are about delving into teas which you might not be familiar with at Bean Around Books & Tea and getting familiar with tea in general, if you are not a big tea drinker.
To purchase our Scottish Caramel Pu-Erh tea or any of our other teas, visit us in store or online at www.beanaroundbooks.com
Check back soon for a Tea Culture post all to do with Pu-Erh black tea!
Thanks for reading! Cheers! Lindsay 🙂