42 Tasting Notes
I’m really enjoying this one. I got it as a sample with my order from Mandala, thank you for that. It has a lovely balance to it and a nice silky mouthfeel, that was probably the first thing I noticed. It is smooth and savory not too strong and very pleasant. I was actually drinking it quite fast, I gulped 5 cups in like and hour… lol. Nutty, creamy, mushroomy and earthy, with a fantastic mouthfeel.
Sipping on this tea this lovely morning. Its a quite interesting blend. Sticky rice flavored Pu Erh, that got me interested. I washed it well and prepared the first steeping at about 40sec. It was a light in color, very earthy, woody, with a strong taste of rice and mushroom, then just slightly bitter in the aftertaste. The second steeping (40sec) was richer, darker in color yet smoother. Usually steeping 3-8 with Puerh are the best, and this one did not disappoint. The third steeping, produced a sweeter, smoother liquor with a well balanced aroma. Definitely smells like sticky rice:) I added a bit of rock sugar for some sweetens and it was quite a pleasant experience.
Well, I really wanted this one to work for me. But for some reason I just can’t seem to make friends with it. There is so much going on, its a bit too spicy for me and seems way too artificial, perfumey and some what bitter. Its pretty good with milk and sugar, but I just can’t drink it on its own.
This tea smells AMAZING! As far as the taste goes, its quite bland, and honestly in the beginning I couldn’t even drink it plain. I really wanted to make this one work for me and, finally I have figured it out. If you enjoy tea with milk or cream this one Rocks! Its by far my favorite tea to drink with cream and a bit of brown sugar. It makes a creamy, flavorful, nutty, chocolaty, spicy cup of a delicious.
Love this Pu Erh. It took me a while to get the preparation just wright (for my taste buds), but once I did this tea became one of my favorite pu erhs out there. Now, I must say that I prefer my pu erh strong, full of aroma and body. So if you are new to pu erh this might not be the best one to start with.
The first time I tried it I gave it a very quick rinse. The first steeping was quite weak and had a bit of a stale musky taste to it.
I sipped it for a bit … then went to check the cake for any signs of staleness, fungus or mold. I scraped it and I pealed it, and smelled it all over, it was healthy beautiful cake:) So I poured the tea out and made the next steeping, now this time the liquor was darker, thicker and richer. It lost most of the stale note and now was on the sweet side, earthy, rich, with mushroom notes but so much smoother. The more I steep this tea the smother it become and the more flavors and aromas it develops, from woody to sweet and spicy. It also lasts for ever, I’ve made up to 8 steepings and it was still going strong. So my backwards steeping process on this one is: Do a longer rinse, basically steep for up to over a minute and discard. Then make another longer steep at like 50sec, or when you see the liquor color rich amber. And after that I do short steepings at like 20-30sec. I also enjoy it with milk.
Very good Pu Erh. Lovely color and taste. Id like the aroma a bit stronger however, and a bit more full bodied liquor. Nice, smooth, silky pu erh, just not my favorite one ;) If you are new into pu erhs this would be a great one to start with. For me ill try steeping it longer next time to get a stronger aroma and flavor.