I’ve been wanting to try this one for a long time, and thanks to stephanie I finally can. :)
I really had this one hyped up in my mind. Its special and its dark, come on, how can that name not evoke only the yummiest stuff??
Now, the problem could be my high expectations, or it could be that in my haste to get a taste of this one, I didn’t rinse the leaves first. I steeped it 3 min, skipping over the whole gongfu hoopla and anxiously awaited it to cool off.
Well, hmm, its kinda stinky and flat tasting. I want to think this is my fault and see how a second steeps turns out. Or try the remaining unused leaf with different parameters (and a rinse!).
Then again, I wouldn’t want to break my tradition of disliking nearly every super-famous tea on here :p we’ll see ^^
UPDATE*** A second steeping for 4 minutes yields much less stink (rinsing is an important step!), but it’s not as sweet as I like my shu puerhs. It’s very earthy for sure, like fresh dirt (I don’t mean that in a bad way). I can definitely appreciate this one, but I’m disappointed that it wasn’t as grand as I had hoped.