12 Tasting Notes
Many thanks to Teavivre for their generosity in sending these samples.
I certainly knew what I was getting into, but this still surprised me when I opened the sample pouch and got hit by an incredibly strong pine scent. So strong, in fact, that I feared I wouldn’t enjoy this, but, as is the norm with every Teavivre tea I’ve tried, this is quite enjoyable. Strongly tastes of pine and smoke with a sweet flavor following the smokiness.
Not a tea for everybody, and not a tea for everyday, but highly recommended for those that like smokey teas.
Thanks to Teavivre for the very (very!) generously sized free samples.
I’m afraid I’m too much of a novice with Pu-Erhs to give any sort of informed opinion on how this compares to others, but this is certainly very good. Earthiness and leather are, of course, the first things that come to mind, but there is also a sort of vague mint flavor as well. Certainly doesn’t sound pleasant on paper, but this is somehow very enjoyable.
Ah, Gunpowder.. The first loose-leaf tea I’d ever tried, and it holds a special place in my heart. I’ve since tried several different varieties of this tea, and Teavivre’s is probably the best I’ve had. Slightly smokey, slightly sweet. Especially great for the price.