1680 Tasting Notes
For being a fake-aged shou pu’erh, this was not bad at all!
(Yes, they even say it on their website: “This particular tea is part of the new school of pu’erh production. Called a “cooked” (shou) pu’erh, it’s heated and fully dried to simulate aging.” Note: “simulate.”)
The price is really good, too. It certainly does not quite have the same earthiness as a true, aged-underground, shou would, but they have done a good job of emulating a 6- or 8-year aged pu’erh.
The aroma of the tea is similar to a normal shou pu’erh, though the aroma of the wet leaves differs a bit, probably due to the lack of true earthiness.
In terms of resteepability, it is decent, though not amazing, but I was not expecting a whole load of steeps, so getting four decent steeps from a gong fu session with a gaiwan was good.
Hazelnut, honeybush, and rooibos…wow.
Another sampling of the 2014 Herbal TTB.
I had not yet looked at the ingredients list, when I opened the package, but it smelled amazing, and I could not wait to make a cup of it. Based on how my last two cups of the morning have gone, I fully anticipated oversteeping this one, too.
Only an extra minute got added onto the steep time. Hazelnut is prominent, but the taste itself is not overly sweet. Rather, it is more roasted nut flavor, which makes for a pleasant cup.