I’m having this cup for Indigobloom with whom I had an exchange of comments yesterday regarding pu-erh and Yunnan tea as a type. I was inspired.
I tried my best to pay attention to an earthy note that Indigobloom finds in both pu-erh and Yunnan blacks. Personally I’ve only ever found it in pu-erhs, but not in Yunnan blacks, so I focused mostly on that while drinking.
This is actually the second steep fo the leaves as I had the first steep with me this morning on the train.
I’m still not sure I’ve found anything earthy in this, Indigobloom, but now that I’ve really been paying attention to it, I think I understand what you mean. I just experience that particular note differently and for me it’s not the primary note. To me, Yunnan blacks are largely hay-like, and this particular one is extremely honeyed.
I can definitely, just to write the post backwards, find lots of earthy goodness in the aroma, though. Even without searching for it. I’ve never noticed that before.
I feel like I’ve been helped to discover a whole new dimension of this region. Thanks for that, Indigobloom!