Thank you, Meowster! Still delving into these teas. Though this is described as ripe, if I didn’t know it was a ripe, looking at the leaves, I’d be questioning it. Some of the leaves have a greenish tint to them, so I would guess that it’s a ripe mixed with raw… and not sure if any puerh producers actually do that or why they would WANT to do that. The flavors would be so different, it’s like they would be battling each other. But I think this is ripe. The steeped leaves have a very bready fragrance. The flavor is a bit on the lighter side, but I didn’t steep very long on that first steep just in case this was partially raw. The flavor is almost like a sticky rice flavored puerh also with a boozy rum flavor at the end of the sip, which is new, and maybe coffee. The second steep is very smooth and leans more towards the typical PUERH flavor. I think I’m hyping this puerh up… All of the steeps had that boozy rum flavor throughout, which is definitely unique to this. I wonder if it was whatever that greener leaf was… that I also have never seen in ripe puerh before. Otherwise, these steeps were amazingly consistent in flavor!
Steep #1 // 22 minutes after boiling // rinse // 1 minute steep
Steep #2 // 3 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #3 // just boiled // 3 minute steep
Steep #4 // just boiled // 10 minute steep
2021 sipdowns: 87