This is $0.08/g?! God I love puerh. Not an amazing tea or anything, but for that price it’s quite exceptional. Will be getting a cake of this one.
Bitterness is very mild and far overshadowed by the sweetness of the later infusions. No astringency. Also the first time I’ve tasted cantaloupe (one of my favorite fruits) in a tea. Usually I get notes of honeydew (the bane of my existence; it’s a subtle difference I know :)) if a tea is melony. In the fruit salad of melon-flavored teas, this is a welcome reprieve from monotony. It’s an understatement that I can down some refrigerated cantaloupes on the hot summer days of Georgia. Glad to find a tea that will round out those days well.
Longevity is 15+ infusions. Liquor coats the tongue like a weighted blanket. Minutes-long aftertaste is wonderfully sweet.
Apparently Nanzhao has been a series Xiaguan has produced since the 90s. The name refers to an ancient Chinese kingdom in modern day Yunnan. The series tend to have high ratio of large buds on the surface, and aim to be sweeter than the average puerh.
If you prefer the sharp, bitter flavor of unbridled young shengs, this milder tea is probably not your style.
Flavors: Bitter, Cantaloupe, Honey, Smoke, Sweet, Vegetal