My first sheng pu-erh and I definitely was surprised when I first tried this one. Given I was steeping it as a usual pu-erh so it came out really bitter first time.
However, the little cake works perfectly for steeping in a pot and I appreciate the flavor now. It’s really astringent in a nice way and has a smoky flavor. It’s definitely not a classic pu-erh as I understand it so that just means I am more of a shou type of guy.
This tea tastes like some sort of herb elixir, something that would make you live forever or at the very least energize and boost you.