When I was first getting into loose leaf tea, this was one of several Adagio puers that I sampled and then stashed. Without a palate for tea, much less puer, “eh” was my eloquent assessment.
Now, as I revisit this tea with a more developed palate and a little bit of puer experience, I find more to appreciate. The first brewed cup offers a pleasant, smooth aroma of earthiness, spice, minerality. I feel a slight cha qi in the first steep or two. Though the spices seem to sit on top of the tea more so than melt into it, the earthy puer provides an unexpected and enjoyable canvas. The tea is thin in body, with no astringency. I continue steeping as the spices fade, allowing the tea to come to the forefront. These steeps are just as pleasant as the earlier cups in which the spices were more assertive. The 5th or so infusion surprises me with the emergence of a delightful aroma quite like a cherry cough syrup. This translates to a slight sweetness and alcohol edge in the flavor also, though not identifiable as cherry. The sweetness and flavor of the tea fade over my last two steeps.
Flavors: Earth, Spices, Sweet