I quit smoking cigars about 10 years ago but the aroma of this tea reminds me of my most favorite cigar ever: a Padron 1964 Anniversary Series cigar in a Maduro wrapper. In this tea, I detect very strong notes of tobacco along with leather, raisins. and dark chocolate. The smell is simply intoxicating.
This is a silky smooth tea. It’s ‘earthy’ but not ‘EARTHY’ like the other shou puerhs I’ve sampled in my short tea journey so far. I taste mushrooms, hints of dark chocolate, and maybe a touch of cedar.
I like this tea quite a bit. I received it as a sample in a recent Mandala order. I think I’ll be ordering up some more of this one soon!