Thank you to Emilie for a generous sample of this tea! I am not one to shy away from pu-erh in any form so I figured I might like this.
The dry leaf smells very chocolate-y and orange! I wasn’t sure how long to steep this for, but after looking over the other tasting notes and DT’s website, I decided to go for 5 minutes steeped in regular infuser mug method.
I did give this tea a quick rinse in boiling water so I don’t know how much that impacts the flavor. After steeping, my cup smells very citrusy and earthy. I’m not sure where this pu-erh comes from but in my opinion it is lacking somewhat in flavor; after steeping it for so long I’d imagine it would pack more of a wallop. I do drink a ton of pu-erh, and I drink it almost every day, so I can fairly well discern the base of this tea is nothing too special (I apologize if that sounds snobby, no offense intended).
The orange in this blend is fairly strong and I am getting a little bit of chocolate in the aftertaste. The ingredients seem to go together well but I’m a little underwhelmed by this one, probably would not purchase it for myself though it makes for a nice after lunch treat. :)
Calling David Duckler… let’s see a Verdant version of this. :)