Just tried this tea for the first time!
I have to say that I was extremely excited to get this tea, as I’ve heard great things about it from many people!
The smell of the dry leaves was kind of sweet and earthy, just as I’d heard, however whenever I rinsed the tea and made the first steep (5 min), the smell was kind of off putting and surprising to me. This being my first pu-erh, I wasn’t sure whether or not it was normal, so I just went with it.
The taste to me was…odd.
I’m not going to say it was bad, because my palette is still developing for tea, and I know I have a lot to learn. I didn’t taste the sweetness in any of the three steeps that I made, just a very earthy, dirt like taste.
Having finally tried Maiden’s Ecstasy, it wasn’t quite what I expected, but I’m going to keep drinking it and hope that I start to acquire the taste.
As a final note, I’d say: Give this tea a try, but don’t be surprised by the unique flavor.