I love cooked puerh but this is nowhere close to what I expected. The tea tastes distinctly oolong like with a bunch of strange tastes that do not resemble anything I have tasted over 20 years in the cooked puerh category. It tastes like a combination of Chinese black tea plus oolong with lack of smoothness and thickness that one would expect out of better shou puerhs. I'm sure there are many who will love this tea, I'm not one of them.
This was quite a pleasant surprise. I bought this because of all the hype surrounding it last year, and I am so glad I did. Will be a regular purchase from here on out. Perfect for the fall and colder temperatures.
Do you love dark fruits and spices? Plums, dates, raisins, cinnamon, allsplice? If so, you’d be hard-pressed to find any other dark tea that has a flavor or aroma closer to them than this one. The sweet plum and date aromas are particularly strong, and they stay consistent throughout several steeps. Layered underneath those are the aromas of the darker spices, and the flavor mirrors the aroma. The texture is silky and heavy, like a comfy blanket, and coats your mouth with a pleasant aftertaste that layers up with each additional steep. Comforting, warming, and calming. The perfect tea for a cold night in winter, or a dreary day in late fall.
I can cold brew this or use it in a gong fu ceremony, but overall no matter how I use it it's always my favorite tea. Every time I see it's available I rush to order it. It's naturally sweet on it's own and beautifully flavored.
This cake smells like raisins and cherries and brews up the most comforting tea ever. It has all the best characteristics of a bug-bitten tea (honey aroma), a tippy Assam (robust body), and an oolong (mellow, sweet notes), and nothing bitter. Very smooth.