Decided to drink this today. The leaves even look tasty with this puerh. There are a variety of notes to this tea. There is a barely perceptible bitterness to it. There are sweet notes to this tea, the traditional descriptions of apricots and stonefruits apply. After thirteen steeps I am feeling an effect from this tea, I am feeling its qi I guess. I’m not quite teadrunk but I feel the effect of this tea. I suppose I could be feeling the caffeine but I think it is the qi. The reason I was able to give it thirteen steeps in one session is I recently bought a very small gaiwan from Dragon Tea House. They rate it at 50ml, I have been told it is 60ml. I have not gotten around to measuring it yet but I assume it is 60ml. There is a strong aftertaste to this tea. I can taste it even in between sips. No doubt I will be tasting this tea long after I have finished my cup. I don’t know if I would rate the loose Misty Peaks tea as better or worse than their puerh cakes of which I have several. This is definitely among the very best raw puerh. I don’t even think it is considered gushu but I could be wrong.
I steeped this tea thirteen times in a 60ml gaiwan with 3.7g leaf and 200 degree water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I don’t know if ten minutes is enough time for the leaves to open up but it’s all I had patience for. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, 2 min and 2.5 min. I expect that this tea would make it to twenty steeps but I am at my caffeine limit. I might save the leaves for tomorrow, we’ll see.
Flavors: Apricot, Bitter, Stonefruit, Sweet