10 Tasting Notes
A very interesting raw pu-erh with a surprising sour, mineral, sweetness that develops quickly. The sour flavor gives way to a pleasant tanginess and deep sweetness the more it is steeped. After 4-5 gongfu steepings, I lowered the temp of the water (185) and switched to grandpa style and found that the mineral tang remained but an apple/honey sweetness started to become more apparent. Absolutely recommended for anyone who is looking for something a bit different.
Flavors: Apple Skins, Cucumber, Honey Dew, Metallic, Mineral, Pleasantly Sour, Sweet, Tangy
My favorite ripe shou to date, this one is rich and creamy from start to finish. Definitely a solid daily drinker for anyone who would want to replace their coffee with tea. The flavor just keeps getting deeper and deeper for around 10 steeps, but I found that around 9-10 it started dying down a bit.
Flavors: Bitter, Cocoa, Coffee, Cream, Malt, Mushrooms, Vanilla, Wet Wood
A shou for coffee drinkers, I found this one to be pretty bitter a few short steeps in and pleasantly bitter. After 4-5 steepings the bitterness gives way to a very deeply creamy, almost chocolate richness that is very satisfying. This one can go the distance.
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Flavors: Astringent, Cream, Honeydew, Nutty, Sweet