I am quite the gringo when it comes to pure pu-erh. I’ve had a few blends—with chocolate, coconut, spices, mate, chicory etc. thrown into the mix—but this offering from Tea Setter is the real deal: pu-erh without any adulterants and flavors or bells and whistles.
It tastes pretty good and fortunately does not waft of horse manure, dirt, or wet hay. In fact, I am struck once again (as I was a while back when I drank another pure variety) by the impression that pu-erh can be used as a food surrogate because it feels as substantial as wheat bread! It does not really seem so much like a black tea to me, but I do see why people develop a passion for pu-erh. It seems like another sui generis beverage (which is how I feel about darjeeling, too, so pu-erh is in good company…).
I’ll continue to explore…