The last bit of the pu-erh Takgoti sent me. I got three good steeps out of the leaves, the first one dark and earthy, nothing much new there. The second one (@ 3:30) was lighter but still deeply earthy and reminded me a bit of a yunnan tea. The third steep (@4:30) was lighter still and it had some surprisingly sweet, almost fruity notes.
I don’t think I’d buy this tea, at least not in large quantities – though I would love to try other pu-erh teas and see how they compare. This tea is something I’d consider an aquired taste and for that reason I’m not going to knock it even though my palate still isn’t entirely sure if it likes it or not.
I thought the first sip of wine I ever tried was absolutely wretched, but I gradually got to like it and now I enjoy a glass with meals. I think the same philosophy might apply to pu-ehr teas. ;)