I took just a little bit of this out of the Puerh TTB. I must say, at this stage of its life, it is not fit for Matu consumption. I would say “not fit for human consumption” but it seems others before me have at least found this a palatable brew. The dry leaf smelld a bit smoky, with some straw and tobacco notes. After a rinse, I smelled some fruitiness, along with a heady tobacco aroma.
It started off weird, but not horrible. It had an odd note that I struggled to explain. Kind of like fruit but not particularly sweet. There was a slight smokiness to it, leading to an aftertaste which reminded me distressingly of bacon. The first steep was the only one which was really palatable for me. After that, it took on a weird flavor that seemed like what I might get if I were to steep duct tape in boiling water. There were other, more recognizable notes, but that one dominated.
I think this probably could be a decent tea with a decade or more of age on it, but right now I couldn’t even drink it. The later steeps may have been better, but I had little interest in finding out.
Flavors: Bitter, Fruity, Smoke, Tobacco