So, I’m pretty sure that I bought this tea in 2015 but I only just steeped it for the first time earlier this week. #teahoarderproblems
I made it Monday night after getting home from work as a way to round out my advent teas for the day. I’m almost 100% sure I don’t have any pu’erh in any of my five advents so if I want any during the month of December I’m going to have to make the effort to sneak it in on top of my advent teas. Not a long session – it was late, I’d had a bunch of teas already, and as I’ve mentioned in the past I feel less motivated to brew Gongfu when it’s dark outside/the lighting in my apartment is bad because it just makes me feel kind of sad…
Overall this was thick and brothy; very savory/umami earthy notes with a meatiness to the cup. I have a hard time describing “mushroom” as a flavour because I’m allergic and just don’t have a reference point in my head for that flavour note, but it has the kind of flavour that has often been described to me as mushroomy and is in line with a flavour note I’ve picked out of several teas that have all shared that as a common description. So, I think it’s likely safe to say it tastes mushroomy. Definitely makes the name/pressing of the tea all the more appropriate, as well!
Good, thick mouthfeel too – very coating!
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLR2Wj-llFE