An unusual but comforting tea, this one is. It has a complex aroma, a memorable taste, and a nicely relaxing cha qi. It might actually be the sweetest pu-erh I’ve ever had, it’s up there with aged shou mei and red oolongs in that regard. However, the sweetness is never overpowering or unpleasant. There is a good longevity to the sessions too, in line with the price category.
The main notes in the dry leaf aroma are wood, beeswax, and alcohol – and all of those keep appearing throughout the session. After the rinse, many new scents emerge, among them stewed fruits, hot hay, butter tart, earth, apple crisp, perry, and brown sugar.
The taste is likewise sweet and fruity with a mineral, tart finish. There are flavours such as grape juice, citrus, carrot, honey, and taro, besides those mentioned beforehand. The sweetness persists for a long time in the aftertaste as well. I also get further notes of pine, tropical fruits, butter, toasted nuts, chia seeds, and elderberry.
Liquor has a medium body and a buttery mouthfeel, but even when the thickest, it retains a certain lightness (in terms of weight rather than viscosity) to it. Cha qi is not overly strong, but I do get a warming and relaxing sensation overall.
Flavors: Alcohol, Apple, Berry, Brown Sugar, Butter, Carrot, Citrus, Earth, Fruity, Grapes, Honey, Hot Hay, Pear, Pine, Roasted Nuts, Stewed Fruits, Sweet, Taro Root, Tropical, Wood