Method: Gongfucha with 4 grams of tea to 100 ml of water with a quick rinse.
Upon opening the bag there is the definite scent of a Shou Puerh, though it smells like a young Shou. The leaves are all fairly uniform, in both color and size.
1st Steep (20 secs): The Color is a deep brown with a Scent like several Shou Puerhs I’ve had before, lightly earthy. The Taste is interesting. There is definitely a malty taste, which blends with, but seems to slightly overpower the more earthy flavors of Puerh. The Aftertaste is a bit malty, but also sweetly earthy, with a thick consistency.
2nd Steep (20 secs): The Color is the same as the last steeping, and the scent has not changed. The Taste is thick, and more malty than it is earthy. I’m beginning to wonder if I should lighten the tea to water ratio. It tastes nice, but the flavors are a bit muddled. The Aftertaste is much the same, lingering, and thick on the tongue.
3rd Steep (25 secs): The Color has lightened up ever so slightly (I can see the bottom of the cup :) ) and the Scent has become heavier, with that deep earthiness that I love in Puerh. The malt has mellowed out, allowing the Taste to become what I expected of a Shou Puerh. The Aftertaste has begun to thin out (in a good way); I can now taste the earthiness lingering on the tongue.
4th Steep (30 secs): The Color has begun to take on a more reddish appearance, with the Scent still retaining that earthy goodness. Most of the malt has dropped out of the Taste, leaving only the taste of earth after a nice rain (that’s the only way I know how to describe it :) ). The Aftertaste is the same as the taste, but lingers for quite a while.
5th Steep (35 secs): The Color of the tea is still a nice, deep red color and the Scent still has that nice earthiness. The Taste is very similar to the last, with that same earthy depth. The Aftertaste has sweetened a bit, but is still great.
Summary: This is a very nice tea. I was a bit put off by the maltiness in earlier infusions, but after that faded away I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would recommend this tea for someone who is looking for a daily Puerh to drink (which is exactly what i bought it for ;) ), it isn’t as magnificent as some other Puerhs on the market, but it does hold its own in daily use. I bought this tea on Amazon for $44 USD for a pound (.45 Kilos) of it. For an Organic and Fair Labour tea, it is money well spent, and will last me for a long time.