The pot of leaves has the classic puerh hay smell. The soup color is yellow-gold and clear (no cloudiness). The texture is moderate-to-high thickness. As advertised, this has a bold Menghai taste that is in your face. I began to notice a slight body feel at the end of 2nd steeping. I’ve been drinking it slow and easy so it has been ok on my stomach, but I think it has the potential to upset mine if I slammed it. $ 0.16 per gram seems like a nice price point, so if you like bold Menghai flavors, this is a no brainer. It is a clean straightforward tea. I might rate it slightly higher than 80 if I was a bigger fan of big Menhai character. For my home notes, I’m giving it a 76 due to my personal tasting preferences (3.8 using the Richmond rating system):
1 I hate this tea. I’m not sure I can finish my cup, and I would never purchase it.
2 I’m not a fan of this tea. I may finish my cup or pot, but I probably wouldn’t buy it.
3 This tea is okay. I might drink it from time to time. I may purchase if it were inexpensive or someone gave it to me.
4 I like this tea. I want to drink it regularly, and I would be willing to pay up to the mid range of my budget for it.
5 I love this tea. I can’t get enough. I would be willing to pay at the highest end of my budget for it.