I work with woman from China who loves Pu-ehr and this is her daily cup of tea.
I can see why someone might compare this tea to a damp basement, but, to me, I got more of a clean damp dirt smell – earthy and reminiscent of mushrooms and fresh forest soil. The brew itself is very DARK, like over brewed tea.
Have to say, not my favorite tea. My tastes run more towards the malty and bright teas. Didn’t hate it, but didn’t love it, but would give it a try again sometime. Might be an acquired taste.