I had a hard time trying to find a tea to review that started with the Letter V… so, if you can think of any, please let me know. But, after some serious searching on the internet I eventually did find one that started with the Letter V that I COULD use. However, I knew that before I had already ordered and sampled it, it was going to be a definite challenge for me – Vanilla Mint Pu-erh.
Okay, why the challenge you may ask- two reasons or shall I say two words that immediately put me off – vanilla and pu-erh. You have heard me before saying that green teas were not high on my list of go to teas, well here is another honest confession – I am not a devotee of pu-erh or vanilla. Perhaps now you can appreciate it when I say sampling this particular tea was going to be a challenge.
You know as a serious, ardent and committed tea drinker, I really want to enjoy pu-erh’s which are a type of dark teas, but I have found a scarce few pu-erh’s that I have liked let alone enjoyed. It’s that earthy, sweet barnyard-ish taste that puts me off.
Just a little background…
For those of you who are not familiar with pu-erh teas, here is just a little basic information. As you know, there are six types of tea – green, yellow, white, oolong, black and dark. Pu-erh is a type of dark tea. It is the class of tea that is fermented to a certain extent. Raw Pu- erh (sheng cha) and ripe Pu -erh (shu cha) are the two main categories of pu- erh. Now, I could go on and on and on… and give you an enormous amount of information about this particular type of dark tea, but I’m not. This entry is about Vanilla Mint Pu-erh, not a narration about pu-erh teas. I did however, make a note to myself, that when I get back to the Letter P again, I will address pu-erh teas in depth.