Dry leaves dark and smell syrupy and fruity. Reminds me a bit of a heicha I’ve had. SO thinks it smells like coffee beans. I do a rinse and then a steep.
First steep tastes kind of coffee-like and a bit of smoke. There is a bit of sour stonefruit in there for me. I am again reminded of that heicha. SO gets vegetal, which she’s not a fan of. She also picks up on the smoke, which she doesn’t like in tea. Roasty notes are there, but I’m not really getting chestnut.
The smell of the liquor transforms after the first steep. I honestly don’t really have the words to fully describe the smell or flavor that I get from this point on. It is drying on the back of the tongue and throat. There is definitely some camphor, some tobacco and there is a nice, focusing cha qi that I was definitely not expecting.
Of course, this is not a true puerh, and I wish that there was more information about it, but since Butiki is no longer around, all I’ve got to go on is what was posted here. All-in-all, this has been a very interesting experience that I will have to further explore in the future!
Flavors: Coffee, Pleasantly Sour, Roasted, Smoke, Stonefruits, Tobacco