This one was good, but not as good as I remember. I recently restocked on this. I had used it up a while ago. It is possible however that my new Yixing gaiwan sucked some of the flavor out of this tea. I had not seasoned the gaiwan yet. The tea was bittersweet at the start with a fair amount of fermentation flavor. That flavor was a bit unpleasant. It did become a nice sweet ripe puerh over the course of ten steeps. I guess you could say it developed some chocolate notes in there. But I didn’t notice a fruity taste like with some ripe. Perhaps that note would have come out in a few more steeps.

I steeped this ten times in a 150ml Yixing gaiwan with 12.2g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min.

Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Bittersweet, Earth, Sweet

Boiling 12 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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I am Allan. I live and work in Long Island, New York. I have been amassing a tea collection for nearly two years and have spent way too much money. I now try to buy mostly Puerh as I like it most and it lasts nearly forever. Black tea has a habit of going bad. If anyone is interested in tea swaps I am open to ideas and have quite a cupboard.


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