I decided to do an actual tasting note. I’ve been holding back because well I wanted to make it justice since it is my favorite puerh so far. I’ll probably keep revisiting and adding notes as I keep tasting.
Gong Fu Dedicated Yixing Pot 4oz with 3-5grams of tea.
1st Steep – Fruity sweetness like ripe honeydew that becomes clean and becomes fruity and floral as it goes down, it wears a slight bitterness in the aftertaste.
2nd Steep – Fruity and floral fragrance with stronger aftertaste that plays between floral and sweet fruitiness and slight vegetal broth with refreshing finish in the throat.
3rd Steep – Clean Start with apparent sweetness and slight bitterness. It starts turning floral and fruity with slightly vegetal notes and refreshing after taste.
4th Steep – Clean start into a floral that turns vegetal and broth like that leads to a subtle fruity sweetness. As I continue drinking this steep the sweetness seems more apparent with slightly bitter aftertaste.
5th Steep – Clean and sweet start lightly resembles honey with floral tones and somewhat vegetal taste. The scent of ripe melon is apparent for me at this point. The after taste is more sweet and fruity but quickly turns vegetal and refreshing.
6th Steep – Cleaner but sweeter in the front with more apparent fruity notes of honeydew melon that becomes floral and slightly vegetal. The aftertaste is cleaner and refreshing.
7th Steep – Sweet and clean with notes of melon that become floral but this time seems to stay mostly fruity and sweet. The aftertaste is slightly vegetal and refreshing.
8th Steep – Sweet and clean with subtle fruity notes and floral aftertaste that is slightly vegetal and some bitterness that becomes refreshing in the throat.
Some notes: I steeped for 2 seconds on the first 3 steeps and added 1-2 seconds to the following steeps and the cup always maintain a sweet honey like scent. I was able to do 14 steeps last night and continued this morning. When I mentioned ‘vegetal’ I guess I would replace ti with ‘Umami’ a savory taste that is very pleasant but no specific description seems to apply. I will continue to come back to this tea, I love it and its very subtle and complex a the same time.