When I made the last Ripened Aged Mini Tuo Cha from Teavivre it took until the third steep for it to really break up. I often do not rinse my tea if they seem to steep to a deep color right away. I hate to waste any of the tea so I drink it and enjoy, but that one really did need the rinse to be strong enough. This one, however, disintegrated as soon as the water hit it. As I poured off the rinse, it was at first very light and then quite dark at the end of the tiny pot.

I then added more water and did a short steep. Delicious! Earth and leather! It takes me back to my childhood when I owned a pony. This is the scent of the field full of horses and my little fellow freshly saddled. (I had prayed every night for a pony and one day a lady asked me to sing “Take Me Home, Country Roads”. Another lady heard me, started crying, said she was from West Virginia and asked me if I wanted a pony. I was about ten years old. I said yes. I named him Sam.)

I do not have the most sensitive or educated palate in the world, but I am not finding the rose flavor. Like KS, I feel that it may be there or it may exist only in my imagination. It may be lending a ghost of a hint of sweetness. The rose bud is pretty and I think this will make a beautiful tea for my son to give his girlfriend for Valentines Day, but the bud is tiny and I just don’t find the flavor of it in my cup. I agree that it might be a good thing.

The bottom line: this puerh has no fishy or shrimpy aroma or taste. There is rich earth and also saddle leather. On the third and fourth steeps the liquor is still quite dark (it was inky black at first) and it is becoming rich, plowed farm soil in summer sun. This is one of the best puerh experiences ever. I may try to have their plain puerh again a little later today to compare and see which I want to put on my order. I definitely want to keep this around, and need to since three frequent visitors to my home have become hooked on it.

TeaBrat

I can’t really imagine roses in pu-erh. I may need to try it someday.

Dinosara

I didn’t get any rose from this either, just memories of horses and stables and riding like you did. :)

ashmanra

On about the fifth steep, I noticed that cooling sensation when I inhaled. I had referred to it as minty with a raw puerh once, but I think I have seen it referred to as camphor-like with other puerh so perhaps that is the right way to describe. I only got it on that steep.

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TeaBrat

I can’t really imagine roses in pu-erh. I may need to try it someday.

Dinosara

I didn’t get any rose from this either, just memories of horses and stables and riding like you did. :)

ashmanra

On about the fifth steep, I noticed that cooling sensation when I inhaled. I had referred to it as minty with a raw puerh once, but I think I have seen it referred to as camphor-like with other puerh so perhaps that is the right way to describe. I only got it on that steep.

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