Picked up this tea from Aliexpress King Tea about a month and a half ago. Just now getting around to trying it. It was bittersweet in the first couple of infusions. This quickly went away and I was left with a sweet ripe puerh. There was a fair amount of fermentation flavor to it, I’d say it was prominent for the first four or five steeps. There were some notes of chocolate in there and certainly a nice sweet taste. It did develop a fruity taste in later steeps. This is one well done puerh. The fermentation was not too heavy and did not taste of fish. I would definitely think of buying more of this one. Except I probably won’t because I just have so much ripe.
I steeped this tea fifteen times in an 85ml yixing teapot with 7.6g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, 2 min, 2.5 min, 3 min and 3.5 min. At fifteen steeps the tea was not completely played out. With longer steep times I would have gotten a few more steeps but fifteen steeps is enough for me. This was one excellent ripe and not at all expensive at $17.99 for a 150g cake.
Flavors: Bitter, Chocolate, Earth, Fruity, Sweet