Not as vegetal as Japanese greens. Pleasant.
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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for the sample. This has been on the top of my list since the sample package arrived. So I gave it a go needing a little pick me up. This tastes very earthy and smooth. I think I’m even picking up on something a little sweet perhaps a hint of chocolate? I’m truly enjoying this cup as I relax on the couch and enjoy a bit of Downton Abbey. I think this one will need to go on the shopping list. It is truly an exceptional pu’erh.
Thanks to LIBERTEAS for this one!
My TO_BE_SAMPLED Pile is really stacking up! I’m going to try and do something about that today! LOL :)
I’m a fan of most things Sun Ripened. I don’t know why…but I am!
Sips of this reminds me of steamed veggies. Then others are smooth and sweet. Another sip hints at sweet wood. While another sip has a faint spice of some sort.
I like how this seems to jump around. Makes for an interesting cuppa. It’s a tea that makes ya think! I like that!
I received this tea as part of my Foodzie tasting box in January, and I was just a little disappointed that it was Pu-erh. However, this is quite good. Very smooth and sweet. Deliciously sweet with notes of caramel and hints of spice. There is a touch of salt in the background – not brine-y, exactly, but just a hint of salt that seems to work well with the flavors of the cup.
I really like this Pu-erh.
This is a reasonably nice white tea. Smooth and just a little bit astringent. As it cools, I’m definitely tasting more hay and a slight fruitiness in the background. I’m not sure if I’d repurchase, but it was fun to try this cup.
I ended up not finishing the cup. As it cooled the dark roasted taste became overwhelming and unpleasant. I drastically am changing my rating.
This is another with a nice strong scent. Not hugely strong, but enough to smell from a couple feet away. It’s woodsy and tan in smell. Up-close a grainy sweetness comes out, a darker of grass or maybe even asparagus, and some lighter smell I can’t place. It’s an inviting smell.
Sipped really hot this is a STRONG flavored tea. Asparagus is definitely there, so is a dark roasted quality that overwhelms the finish. I like it so far.
Cooled to a more drinkable temp, this is still a very robust tea. The dark roasted quality is still very there and is the main taste. The bitter and green asparagus is there underneath it and is pleasant. I think I even get the slightest bit of a floral note in the middle of a sip. The finish is all dark roasted in the upper back of the throat and lower back of the tongue.
I like this but doubt I’d buy. I certainly recommend it if you light strong and roasted teas.
This is a very interesting tea with many layers. The dry leaf smells like seaweed! Brewed, it still has that seaweed scent, but mixed with roasted grains, sesame and buckwheat. The taste is a kind of dark grass or faint seaweed paired with that roasted flavor. The end of the sip is mostly an astringent note that somehow turns into a wood flavor, similar to rooibos, but much more robust. I love rooibos and its woody flavor, but when it’s paired with a roasted note, I’m not really a fan. This cup is drinkable, but a bit too dark and roasty for me.
If you’re a fan of green/roasted oolongs, I’d be happy to trade the rest of the tea!