I have bought over 1000g of Pu Erh in the last few days… it would seem my tea cravings are for ripe rather than my preferential raw. Well I have this sample with me and now is as good a time as any to indulge myself with some Pu Erh magic.
This Pu Erh has beautiful reflective golden tips with dark brown and mature green leaves all compacted into one chunky cake piece. I love reflective leaves, like cats eyes, just so beautiful. The Pu Erh has little hairs and looks to be wonderful quality.
Still raw it has a sweet earthen floral scent. Like dirt and flowers and wood all blended together. A tree would be perfect to use in my explanation as it has all three.
I have my Gongfu teapot with me so I shall use that to brew this tea. Using Teavivre guide here is my layout -
Tea :10g 5 steeps:30s,1m,2m,3m,4m 100ºC/212ºF
First Steep – 30 seconds
The tea soup is light yellow in colour with a gentle wooden yet grassy scent.
Flavour is sweet and a little smoky. Picking up wood, grass, flowers and dark honey. All in one gentle and mild package.
Second steep – 1 minutes
Much stronger with new sensations of musk and perfume. Less sweet and no longer honeyed and has been replaced with a slight dryness.
Third steep – 2 minutes
Side note – The cake piece has almost fully broken apart and expanded to reveal fresh, long, green leaves.
Flavour is thicker with more musk and wood but carrying on well in style. Only a little astringent towards the after taste but still very nice.
Fourth Steep – 3 minutes
Side note – Pu Erh is completely broken up now.
Mellowing a lot in flavour and the astringency has completely gone. The sweetness has still not quite returned but it is more noticeable than the previous steep. As to what is left I can taste clearly grass, flowers and musk.
Fifth steep – 4 minutes
Very little left at all in this now. Wood, grass and musk in a pinch can be tasted but personally for me it’s one steep too much.
Overall – It’s been a nice raw Pu Erh but it was not as special as some others I have had from Teavivre. I love raw Pu Erh (despite my recent cravings) and it’s such a shame that I didn’t love this one. I really liked it though and enjoyed drinking it. Would not buy it again in the future mainly because I prefer a few others but would drink it again very happily.