I'm sort of a tea beginner and man, I don't normally like puer AT ALL. Therefore, I had very low expectations here. Now look at me, buying 200g of this stuff at the presale! I also greedily drank the pre-material (before pressed into cakes) when I got it as a sample with purchase. What is this madness? What to say, like the others said, it's sweet, fruity, rich, yes it's kind of plum-like, viscous, wasn't medicinal at all (to me). Also, was a pretty forgiving brew for people like me who sometimes doesn't do a good job of paying attention to temp/time.
This tea is amazing! It's nothing like any other yunnan sheng I've ever tried. It's so fruity and sweet it's just outrageous. The aroma reminds me of fruity candies mixed with some medicinal herb. It has a medium texture in the mouth! Overall a 5 star tea, for the price it has an amazing value!
This is an amazing tea. No matter how you brew it. Short or long steep it is just undesctibly surprisingly fantastic ! A pleasure to experience !
All the flavor notes I love in the old tree assamica black tea are in this but taken up a whole nother level!! At first smell of the wet leaf and taste of first infusion I was instantly reminded of the assamica black tea having recently had it. It's those fruity sweet raisin notes that I love but even sweeter and more fruity. Plum sweetness abounds! If this is the flavor of old tea trees in Taiwan then it is truly special! It's unlike any tea I've had in this style from other countries! I'm only about 4 steps in with 4 grams of leaf but had to post a review cause it is SO GOOD!!! Matt, thanks for sharing this tea with the world!
So this was a purchase that was definitely worth the money. I'd probably cop a 200g cake next time this is released just on how good this was. The leaves were loosely pressed relative to other puerhs I've had before, so it's easy to pry some off to brew. The wet leaves smell of fruit and floral, and smells a little like a sheng puerh. The taste is a dominant, yet soft sweet fruit flavor. Its there through the first few brews of the session, on the palate and in a lasting aftertaste, along with some notes of sheng astringency and bitterness. Later steeps of the tea have more of that sheng flavor, followed by a little lingering sweetness.
I'd love to see how this ages. Good stuff.