After being the only ripe that I was drinking over the course of a few months, this really turned out to impress me. It has a rich, sweet profile with all of the flavors that I love in ripe pu’erh, but sometimes struggle to find in many offerings.
The structure of the tea is nutty and savory-sweet. Rich flavors of pecan and cream of wheat. Popping from this backdrop is the star of the show – rum! Notes of rum barrel and rum raisin arrive and add a complex sweetness that really adds to the experience. These are further highlighted by vanilla and molasses flavors.
There is not much woodiness to the tea, which I think is to its benefit. This ripe is more about the rummy nuttiness than it is the more typical cherry wood and warm cereal notes you find in nearly every ripe. This is a rich experience, akin to a hong cha. I really appreciate the rum flavors when I find them in ripe pu’erh – it is one of the unique and delicious flavors that make a ripe special.