Puerrh tea. Ever heard of it? It’s fairly widely known at this point, especially after Tim Ferris discussed it on his popular podcast, meaning my boyfriend definitely heard about it. So, I’ve been drinking the Kool-Aid on this one because I’ve been reading about it and hearing about it for a couple years now and wanted to give it a shot.

This tea originated in the city of Pu’er in China and though it is commonly referred to as a black tea in Western culture, it is considered a red tea in Chinese culture. It is said to have tons of health benefits, ranging from lowering cholesterol levels to suppression of weight gain. What’s not to love?!

I had also read that it was a dark, woodsy, almost fish-like broth taste. Disgusting. This sounded horrific! Come on, I don’t even eat fish! Yuck, yuck, yuck.

Buuuuut, here’s the thing. It actually didn’t taste like fish at all to me! Anyway, so it was very, very dark in color, similar to coffee, but the flavor was actually incredibly mild to me. I think you could add your own sort of flavor in here like a different kind of tea bag after the puerrh has steeped.

Okay, so back to the benefits. Nowwww I definitely haven’t noticed anything yet. But! I don’t think I would really notice if my cholesterol levels went down. My weight, however, has indeed stayed the same. Which actually could be a sign of it working since I’ve been eating like a cow. I guess one of the benefits was suppression of weight gain, rather than weight loss, per se, so I’m with it! I’ll take that as a win.

Overall verdict: I’m definitely going to continue drinking this, as I can only see a positive or neutral effect, rather than anything negative. Now, since we do view this as a black tea in Western culture, this does have some caffeine in it. So, this is not your nighttime tea. Tim Ferris drinks his in the morning. I’m more of an afternoon drinker on this one, since I still love my warm lemon water and hot cup of coffee or earl grey in the morn.

If you have further insight on this tea, personal experiences or better practices for drinking this tea to share, comment, comment, comment!

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