(Prep: gongfu cha, washed once before steep #1; Gaiwan)
Don’t be afraid after the first steep. The first steep was really bitter with a strong “kougan-口感” or mouthfeel and an overwhelming "huigan-回甘“; aftertaste. I have to say though, the kougan was actually pleasurable. I could feel the tea growing on my tongue and on the inside of my cheeks slowing moving down my throat. I was able to appreciate the full complexity of this tea and after 4-5 steeps this tea started to taste ever better. The aromas are consistent with Pu’er containing a subtle earthy, barnyard-like aroma as well as taste but not as much as my 2011 “shou” puerh. This is one of the better sheng Pu’er I have tasted.