I received this sample from gracebtlb a while back and i’ve eben waiting to have some time to sit and enjoy it. I don’t have a lot of practice with gongfu style brewing but i welcome an opportunity to try and improve my skills. I’m finding pu-erh is the way that i can do this. I lined up a couple of my cups from China so that I could pour a few infusions to try them against one another a little better.
First off, the colour of this one brewed is a beautiful reddish hue. Sitting in the white porcelain of the cups made me smile just looking at it. I wasn’t very good at detecting the subtle nuances of each steep but over all, this is a VERY nice puerh (keep in mind i have very limited experience with puerh). There is a deep, rich flavour to this blend and while i don’t get the chocolate that mandala speaks of, i do get hints of the burnt caramel and what i would describe more as an earthier sort of taste.
Here’s hoping my vocabulary improves along with my skills at gongfu :) Thank you grace for sharing your tea with me! I really liked this one, and i’m looking forward to trying the other bit of it that i saved in case i screwed things up lol