4 Tasting Notes
When I first got this tea I wasn’t supper exited because I remembered having the 2015 and being not to impressed (no pun intended). Nevertheless, I gave this one a chance, and I’m happy I did because it’s a lot better than I remember 2015 was back in the day.
This is a slow burner tea. I had to push a bit to get this tea to open up. So if you are brewing this one, Don’t be scared to go for those longer steepings of 15’, 20’, 30’… If you do you get rewarded with a fairly interesting blend. If I would read my tasting notes I would never pick this one up but in a very strange and unconventional way it sort of works.
There are 2 very distanced aromas present. One of fruit and the other of vegetables. Now if you were to give me this on a plate to eat, I would be very hesitant of eating it. But somehow here it works.
Dry leaf: Marzipan, strawberry
Wet leaf: Asparagus, tomato, light roast, mango
Liqueur: umami, vegetable broth, strawberry, mango,
+4 / 5 steeping: Umami, bacon, multi cereal bread
Would I recommend this tea? I don’t know. On the one hand I am inclined to say no but on the other hand this is a supper funky tea, and not in a bad way. So I suppose buy a bing not a tong if you are intrested.
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Flavors: Asparagus, Hazelnut, Marzipan, Strawberry, Umami
This is a solid Raw. It hits all the right notes. You best start off at the lower end of the temperature scale and work your way up. If you this right you can go for 10+ steepings.
It’s a handy tea that is packed in 7g mini bings. I would love to see a 357g or 200g variant of this tea, cuzz I’m extremely interested how this one is going to change over time.
This price is very sharp on this tea and is therefor an excellent starter tea for someone how wants to dip their toe in the tea soup that is raw pu-erh. You messed up? don’t worry next time better it’s not like you had to pay mountains of cash for this one.
Flavors: Hazelnut, Honey, Marzipan, Orchid
I found this tea to be fairly underwhelming and overtly complicated to set. Just a little off in Temperature or time, and you have a bitter mess or nothing at all. This problem is (as is often) most apparent in the first 4 to 6 steeps.
Let’s say that the handy size only makes it worse. This is because you see the handy dandy size and think to your self: O this is going to be an easy relaxed steeping. Well let me tell you, relaxed is the last thing I would associate with this tea.
I’ve tried everything: more leaf with lower temperature less leaf with higher temperature. There is no getting it perfect. You have to start somewhere in the low 70°c and do like supper short infusions. You can not break the gall bladder for the love of god do not. This is going to take 5 to 6 infusions if lucky up to 7 to 8 if your unlucky to end with 3 to 4 good ones and if you push it an additional 3 to 4 long infusions.
Now is it worth your time? I would like to say its well priced for the quality, and ok it’s not overpriced, but you can find better tea for this price.
Flavors: Bitter, Brown Sugar, Burnt Food, Butter, Hazelnut, Honey