56 Tasting Notes
Only had one other puerh, which was by ten ren in a normal tea bag style. That’s where I got introduced to this type of fermented Chinese tea. I remember it being kind of odd with a distinct smelliness that was fishy, just being like whatever about it. This however is quite good. It does smell a tad fishy but also a little like perfume, either way, this is damn good. I love the malty flavor. Not only in taste but its as if the whole liquid congeals into a malt, which can be felt immediately on the palate and remains ever so slightly post-sip, settling in the mouth. It’s got a base that is very earthy, it hits on the center of the tongue where I could imagine it tasting like the rings of a tree stump and woody microorganisms. Great dark amber color, which I love to see. All around it has a smokiness to the senses and reveals itself from the cloudiness in an array of complex flavors like wine and dark chocolate do. Would probably be an awesome winter tea. It’s already a good summer. I think I take really good naps with this, all warm… It is kind of intoxicating. Your head might get flushed if the brew is strong. It perks up a subtle alertness but I think it is still possible to fall asleep on. Combines surprisingly well in a tea pot with some loose chrysanthemum. The sweetness mixed in with it is another level of tasting. This could be very low quality pu-erh. I can’t tell as this is the second one I’ve tried. It would be interesting to see what the highest quality is like but I don’t think I have the time or money to seek it out. This right here is okay.
Choice used to be pretty good. I don’t know if it’s this recent production batch or something but when I had this, I was not too pleased. It gave me a distinct caffeine buzz that I have never had before, and I have drunk several teas before. It was repeatable, and always came with a head space of anxiety. It tasted very close to the standard Lipton black tea. I do not recommend.