Although I’m not a huge shou puerh (ripe) drinker, I can definitely appreciate a good one for a combination of its smoothness and the nostalgia it brings to pot after pot of puerh that I’ve consumed post-dim sum in Hong Kong… This Ba Ka Ngoi “fermented puerh” is a great example of one that I can drink for hours on end with very little change in flavor and a smoothness that is unlike some lower quality ripened leaves…

I often struggle to find tasting notes for a ripe puerh — simply, well because, it tastes mostly like a ripe puerh. Few things quite have that unrecognizable palate of flavors that make up the general flavor of this nostalgia tea (at least for me)… Oftentimes, I think that a lower quality shou will taste like cardboard, and a higher quality will taste like the sweet earth… this is definitely example of the latter.

I’m about 8 steeps in with a small gaiwan and while the mouthfeel and body of the tea has changed and become lighter, the flavor and color are fairly consistent. Again, I’ll steep this until I remember that I want to switch to a raw puerh, or maybe an oolong, but overall, it’s a GREAT tea and I recommend this for reading before bed, slowly waking up, or basically anything in between.

If I must place some notes on it, I’d say a sweet baked wheat aroma with a hint of charcoal (almost like a smoldering campfire)… The taste is gentle, smooth, silky-smooth in fact, and tastes something like a post-dim sum concoction of shou puerh and dried tree bark!

Flavors: Bark, Earth

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Hi, I’m a passionate tea enthusiast with a special place for oolong and puerh. I’ve made several trips to Asia seeking the best and most interesting leaves and I’m always looking to connect with new tea folks…

Friends and family have urged and insisted that I stop bringing home small bags of leafy treasures and instead get more serious about awesome TEA.

Currently, I’m the proud owner of Tribute Tea Company, based out of Chicago. Check us out at www.tributeteacompany.com and please let me know what you think! I’m always adding and seeking new leaves and I would love to know who to link up with for a pot while traveling…


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