While it has been all too long since I’ve reviewed a tea, there shouldn’t be any excuses but hey… why not use this tea to just write a short story right?
So, fiance and I split up a few months ago and I decided to continue on with my dreams so I bought my first house and at that point I was literally left with dollars to my name living paycheck to paycheck like I had in the past. A great experience to be honest. Then my best friend past away two months after. Now my parents are moving and I’m helping them with that transition in life. There’s a ton going on between all of that, but guess what? Since I have a house, I have a tearoom!
So two weekends ago I had a crazy puerh party and someone brought a sample of this over. I gave them a sample of Naka to take home for sharing this too :)
So to start with the aroma of the dry leaf is somewhat like bubblegum. Very sweet and perfume like. The steeps of this gradually build up in bitterness while keeping the very nice sweetness which to me is a clear indication that the material in this cake is solid to drink now and age further down the line. Personally I would dry store this to keep the floral aspects alive and the sharp sweetness, but personal preference is always there. Compared to the boutique offerings in Taiwan that I’ve been going through, this is right up there and I find it similar to a smaller known production of XZH that I have. Very enjoyable with a price that reflects it as well. Wish I could see a full cake to really evaluate it because this year I may be able to buy 2 or 3 cakes total due to investments but overall this is one that is worth sampling with friends, buying for special sessions, or splitting. Lots of opinions of course, but hey I really enjoyed this one!