Well, figured I’d try the one new tea I did manage to pick up today!
The dry tea mostly just smells like fresh orange. Not quite the zest, but about halfway there from the juice. Not detecting the pu’erh, but I have so little experience in it that I wouldn’t expect to unless it was quite obvious.
At four minutes of steeping, this one’s a very dark, opaque, reddish brown – but it started off as a murky green reminiscent of Swampwater (pretty much immediately after I put in the tea ball). Wasn’t expecting that, but glad it settled into a more normal colour.
The smell of the steeped liquor is definitely orangey, and before I tried the tea I was worried that it would taste something like Tazo’s Wild Sweet Orange, which is WAY too tart for me!
Taste-wise I think I’m getting a bit of the pu’erh in that I am reminded of Oh Christmas Treat, although I can’t really place what sort of flavour it is that I’m getting. The orange is not nearly as bright as it was in the smell of the dry tea or liquor, and there is just the barest hint of licorice sweetening the end of the sip. So for licorice haters, its inclusion probably won’t be a big problem.
Overall, not my cup of tea as the orange flavour isn’t pronounced enough and I’m not experienced enough with pu’erhs yet to appreciate them.