It is not easy to classify this tea if you do not know what it is.
Very tightly pressed, which can also be due to the Tuo Cha form. That gives you a lot of breakage in the Gaiwan. Nevertheless, the tea does not bitter and forgives also longer brewing times.
In the nose a bit earthy, but at the same time incredibly fruity - apricot?
The tea starts soft and mild, but the aftertaste remains long and sweet - I use 5g per 100ml for this session.
Something of red Oolong but also a light menthol note like an old sheng.
I first tried this tea the day it arrived and thought it was flat and a little bitter for an oolong.
Then I remembered it was a puerh! I put it away in my tea cupboard to rest for three months as I've found puerh never travels well.
When I opened it again it had transformed. Now I get a very pleasant tea, upfront flavors of light coco and straw. A double aftertaste follows. First a slight astringency then a quick and fleeting sweetness. I'm confident over time that the upfront flavors and that sweetness are going to grow in strength. I'd say this tea has a medium texture.
I can't wait to try this tea a year from now, it's far more pleasant than most puerhs at this age.