I made this tea as soon as it came in the mail. The dry tea smells like freeze dried pears. Brewed Western style, it tastes like sweet straw and has almost no astringency!
This is a truly lovely tea. Warm, well-rounded with a soft, sweet finish. I love the story of where it comes from too. A new favorite for sure!
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.