Sipdown! (and a backlog from yesterday)
This is the first real Puerh that I’ve tried. It’s something that’s on my list of things to try and start sampling in 2013. Unwrapping the small cake, leaves me with a little cake with a small indentation in it. The cake is hard, brown and has an earthy smell to it. Little crumbs fall off the cake as I pick it up, but overall the cake is very well put together and doesn’t fall apart.
Since I don’t have a gaiwan at the moment, I decided to try this western brewing style according to the instructions provided by Butiki Teas. Seven minutes later my cup is full of a dark brown coffee like brew. The aroma of the brew is earthy and there might be a hint of a fishy taste but that may just be my inexperience with Puerh. Even after the seven minute brew, the little cake is still trying to hold together.
The first sip of this brew is earthy but not overly so. It’s a mouth full of delicious goodness. I can’t place the taste but it’s familiar to me somehow. This is a beautiful cup of tea. Before I knew it, the cup was done. Because the puerh cake had not fully broken apart, I re-steeped this again. The brew held it’s taste and even still, the mini cake did not fully break apart. I was able to re-steep this another three times without the brew becoming weak or becoming fishy. Instead, throughout the process it remained mildly earthy and delicious. I still can’t place the “other” taste that I’m getting as I drink this. I have to say, for my first, foray into the world of puerh, this was a great start! I’m looking forward to trying this again after I’ve experienced other puerhs.