I approached this as an herbal tea, not puerh.
The shu puerh is in there, but it takes a back seat. It provides mostly body and structure, mouthfeel, and a deep smoothness to this tea.
Earthy flavors of shu are not noticeable, but when I really look I can find a hint of them, and they balance the otherwise sharp peppermint.
Vanilla is hard to find but think its just rounding out the overall experience, adding complexity.
I enjoyed this quite a bit. A ‘touch’ of sweetener may enhance this, maybe next time I brew this I’ll add a dab of honey.
Steeping time needs to be pushed, I think this is best brewed western style with multi-minute steepings. Gongfu brewing didn’t give me much flavor except mint. You really need the extra steeping time to draw out the puerh and vanilla.
I think this is peppermint but its very well balanced.
This tea leaves a fresh feeling in my mouth (guessing from the mint).
A fun treat, this would be nice to cozy up with as the cold weather approaches.
Flavors: Earth, Peppermint, Vanilla, Wood