Sample sipdown! Got this one in my last sample package from The Whistling Kettle.
Dry, the tea smells like Mango and Pear, with a bit of earthiness from the Pu-erh.
Once brewed, the tea smells more like strawberry pu-erh with a slight pear undertone. The mango has disappeared, it seems.
Taste: I’m getting mostly strawberry/pu-erh here too. I think the white tea has slightly mellowed out the pu-erh, but it’s not detectable. It’s a tad tart, mildly sweet, and mostly earthy/woodsy. There is a little of the pear taste on the finish of the sip, but I wish it had been more detectable throughout. I find it odd that there is no mango taste here.
As the tea cools down, the fruity taste emerges more and the earthiness tones down. The flavors work alright here, but I don’t see anything really WOW about them. I think there is some room for improvement for this blend.
Overall, this is decent. I don’t think I’d buy it and keep it around, but I was happy I got to try it.