Received a sample with my order from yunnan sourcing. I am pretty new to ripe pu-erhs, and will be withholding giving a numeric rating. Brewed gong-fu style near boiling. Two rinses as this pu’er is young and cheaper ripe pu’ers i’ve had benefited from rinsing to reduce ‘off’ fermentation flavors. Typical color, dark orange-brown, burgundy-ish liquor when looked through while pouring, but definite brown-earth colored in the cup.
Smell is musty earth, decent smell. Taste is bitter, very earthy. I think a double rinse is better to my taste- first steeps are a little earthy/bitter to my taste, but again, I’m a ripe newbie.

a week later- i’ve slightly edited the above to take out a couple points I thought were unfair now that i’ve tried a couple more ripe pu’ers and feel that my palette is adjusting/learners the flavors. I wouldn’t say this tea has any exceptional, exciting flavors, but that’s not always what you want. I like this in the evening, and am sad that my sample is gone. I don’t think I’ll order this one, but the deep, dark, flavors in this one will probably inspire me to try some classic menghai recipes. Not necessarily a good first ripe pu’er, but I’ve been liking this more each time I try it.

Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Dark Wood, Earth, Wet Wood

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