4 Tasting Notes
This tea is extraordinarily drinkable; it has a kind of “creamy” texture. I don’t like this type of tea as well as the “rawer” green puerh variety, but as far as it goes it is quite delicious and flavorful, and makes one think of what an ideal Darjeeling tea might taste like…with absolutely no bitterness or tannins.
I’m guessing that this is typical, run-of-the-mill, puerh tea, hence, its agreeable price. The taste is “earthy” but not disagreeable. No bells or whistles, and quite mild in body. The brick itself is extremely dry and brittle. The physical effect is nice; it’s quite drinkable — one could do much worse for an everyday puerh tea! By the third infusion, this has the feel of a very satisfying puerh tea, but still nothing to write home about. I consider this a “value” tea, rather than a stellar standout.
“Aroma” is right, but it’s funky…quite fishy and maybe a little smoky….not exactly inviting. The tea is quite drinkable, but for all its “aroma” has hardly any flavor. Seems mild in effect also. Every time I steep a pot it’s like I’m standing outside of a fish-processing plant. Hard to believe anyone really enjoys this smell. Tea is brownish red in color, which gets deeper by the potful. I find that as the day wears on, I’m not looking forward to drinking more….it’s a little bit like drinking sewage. It’s basically a caffeine delivery vehicle.
This is without question the blandest puerh tea I’ve ever tasted. There is nothing disagreeable about it, but that’s only because there’s nothing there! It seemed weak in every respect…I tried steeping it longer than normal but it made little difference.