It's been a while since I've reviewed an iced tea. In the interim I've had a few I've liked and a few I haven't. This iced Organic Earl Grey Pu-erh from Numi Tea provided a nice respite from the usual iced tea by offering up a pure iced tea. But to have a mass market iced pu-erh is something special altogether.
|Blend Name||Earl Grey Pu'erh|
|Country of Origin||China|
|Price per Package||$2.99 USD|
|Quantity||~ 12 fl oz|
|*Flavor, Aroma, Boldness|
After the Organic Mango Pu-erh, the Organic Jasmine Pu-erh and the Organic Mint Pu-erh I reviewed in the past few days, this iced Organic Earl Grey Pu-erh is a continuation in the impressive collection Numi seems to be putting together with these iced pu-erh teas. And that's no joke at this point. So far, four bottled teas, and four winners by my taste.
The cloudy liquor is definitely reassuring in the bottle. It's a very deep copper bronze with just a bit of sedimentation. As mentioned in prior reviews, this should be expected with natural or organic bottled teas. Pretty much all teas of this nature suggest shaking the bottle profusely before drinking.
This particular iced pu-erh stands above the others Numi provided me. As soon as I opened the bottle the aroma was clearly discernible. It was actually so pleasing I just let it sit for a few moments to soak it in before drinking.
The liquor of this tea is very smooth. I'd actually put it's texture along the lines of a milk tea. Creamy and rich. The flavor is full of bergamot (the orangish fruit which gives Earl Grey its flavor.) I did note some grittiness from the pu-erh, but not as much as I'd expected. The pu-erh seems overpowered by the oil of bergamot. This is the only reason I didn't give the flavor a 4 out of 5.
This tea has some light astringency in the tail, however, due to the creamy texture it doesn't seem to dry the palate, just the tip of the tongue.
Fans of Pu-erh or floral or milk teas might enjoy this iced beverage. Because of its more subtle nature when iced, those who don't typically enjoy Pu-erh as much might still want to give this one a try.