Found this Chinese Pu Er at a local Vietnamese market.
Package is cylindrical, ca. 7" tall and 4" in diameter.
Label colors are mostly dark yellow and burgundy/rust with a green and white oval sticker as a safety precaution to show that package has not been opened.
Lid pops off too quickly with a turn.
Mylar bag inside with loose tea. Nothing in package to reclose the mylar bag. Large leaves. Friendly, slightly inviting smell of a light brown, tiny bit fruity pu erh, and the smell of cardboard.
First sip. Mild. Tastes of cardboard.
Wonder how flavor- and smell-protective the mylar is. Cardboard is not.
Second more focussed sip.. Cardboardy taste is very there.
Reminds me of drinking tea made from tea bags that have been exposed to the air for weeks or months.
Gulping from the back of the mouth, to see if different taste buds change my impression. No. The tea still has and leaves a cardboard aftertaste.
There is another taste of a mild, pleasant, very-on-the-cheap-side pu erh.
Not completely undrinkable, but, if someone had a better choice, this one could be used for poultices or compost or ???
I rarely toss a tea after so few swallows. But, this one is now in the trash.
Flavors: Cardboard, Dirt, Dust, Fruity