3 Tasting Notes
Pretty strong on the wood and earth tastes, but in a good way and not overpowering on any one thing. I usually brew my shu’s very dark, and brewing this in the same manner packs quite a punch. For most, this tea might be better suited with a lighter brew, especially for the first tasting. If you are new to shu puer or dark/fermented tea in general, you might want to try something a bit more standard like a good Menghai cake; but if you are an experienced shu drinker and want to try something similar to, yet delightfully different from the shu’s you are used to, this is an excellent choice. Personally, I enjoyed this introduction to Vietnamese dark tea look forward to seeing what else is available now that I’ve been introduced to it.
Flavors: Ash, Earth, Smooth, Spicy, Wet Wood
Mandala Tea sells several excellent loose leaf puer teas, and this one is my personal favorite of the bunch. Can be made strong but still remains perfectly smooth with no overpowering flavors. One of my current favorite teas ever, and maybe the best one I currently have in my rather extensive tea drawer. Leans quite far towards the dry & woody side of the puer taste spectrum rather than damp & earthy taste that is more common. An awesome tea if you prefer this flavor profile.
Flavors: Cherry Wood, Oak wood, Sawdust, Wood