4 Tasting Notes
Aroma: Peat, cedar, jasmine.
Taste: Jasmine compliments pu-erh very well, it seems. It doesn’t mask the “barnyard” taste that some complain of with pu-erhs (including myself on occasion), but it’s more like it adds an earthy complexity and depth to the flavor of jasmine. Jasmine has a very clean taste, so I think that’s part of the reason that they balance each other well.
Texture: Both smooth and astringent.
Leaves: This tea comes in an tuocha. After a couple of steepings, the leaves detach and unfurl. They are olive in color and appear to be coarsely chopped.
Evaluation: This is my favorite pu-erh. I think that the amount of jasmine scent is right on–neither overpowering nor too subtle. The bronze-colored liquor is very nice.
This is one of the most unusual ttisanes I have ever tried. It’s like a tea entirely made of inclusions. It has three types of flowers, dried fruit, lemongrass and yogurt bits. That’s right. It’s a pretty complex taste—it is described as “Lime Buttermilk,” which doesn’t begin to describe the flavors in it. It’s sweet, a little tangy, jasmine, a little creamy and addictive. It must have taken a long time to arrive at this flavor combination, but the time was worth it. I highly recommend Wind of Change if you like tisanes.