After some difficulty in stabbing, prying, and dissecting off enough leaf to get to about 7-8 g, I was finally ready to dig into my first tuo-cha and second White2Tea pu’erh. It was cat-approved by our newest one (she has good taste) before I dropped it into my gaiwan. I personally didn’t smell much, except a light pleasant slightly dusty odor I’ve begun to associate with pu’erh tea.
4-5 oz. 200-205 F. Did a short rinse. First steep ~10 sec. I wasn’t expecting the flavor that came from the dark, earthy liquid. The first sip struck me as a cup of chocolate. But not quite chocolate—cocoa. It was rich and thick, with more earthiness to it than creaminess.
Second steep went longer than intended, but no bitterness popped out! It’s still thick, with the cocoa there but tipping towards the creamy side now and mellowed out.