21 Tasting Notes
This is one of those times where I wish I had the ability to accurately describe the flavor of a tea. At first this tea has a very woody taste to it. At steeping four the taste goes from woody to, for lack of a better word, woodsy. At steeping six the taste goes from woodsy to earthy. The neat thing is, none of the changes were gradual, they happened all at once. Besides the above flavors, there is some very nice and complex undertones in the background. I really like this tea!!!
I am beginning to since a trend. Another Mandala pu’er, another excellent tea! The boldness of this tea is perfect. The initial flavor was earthy with an undertone of smoke. After steeping 4, the smoke taste slowly faded and was replaced by undertones that I can’t describe. Suffice it to say, the undertones were magnificent.
I really planned on letting this Sheng age, well I did for 5 days before curiosity got the better of me. The taste, to me, was pure heaven. I truly wish I had the ability to explain what subtle under tones this tea has. Since I do not have that ability , all I can say is the taste of this tea is a true joy on the tongue. I loved the consistency of this tea. After 7 steepings, the intensity never changed, it never grew bolder nor did it get weaker. The flavor however did change just ever so slightly with a nice hint of smoke coming out by steeping 5. All said, my bing will never get that chance to age, it will be gone in a couple of months and I will definitely have to buy more.