Even tho this is in loose leaf form and not a nest I gave it a little rinse.
Dry this doesn’t have much smell…once the hot water touches it – this has a very strong fishy/earthy pu-erh smell with an almost equal rose aroma. I don’t really care for the smell to be honest. But I will try not to judge a tea by it’s nose…
After the rinse was complete it did take a lot of the rose aroma away with it. But the pu-erh smell was still very strong.
This has a very dark liquor.
The taste is better than I excepted. It’s a cross between a black Yunnan tea and a clichéd pu-erh, I suppose – there are rose notes within the sip, too. I will say this is bold and burly. The end of the sip is much more my style compared to the front.
This is alright tho! Better than I expected…glad I rinsed and went with a lower infusion time tho!