Pretty solid raw puer, as it gets to its 3rd steeping you really need to watch out for the bitterness, but then afterwards the steeps are great, and soft. It’s not the tropical fruity type of raw puer, but it has a strong minerality and grape like body to it. I’d say that plums come into play too, but when I’m listing fruits, they taste close to these notes, it’s not like a cup of fruit juice. I know that most pu-heads out there don’t even need me to tell you this, but when I haven’t tried a gong fu tea before I took the notes as is, haha. But never the less, this tea is I’d say a pretty standard raw, there’s nothing that really jumps out to me that makes me really fall in love with this tea, but a great daily drinker, for the times where you don’t want anything special and are just craving a regular cup.
The aftertaste on this is very very good though, which is something that actually did set it apart now that I think about it. The minerality really made this tea super enjoyable, it’s sweet, and for a moment I even tasted vanilla ice-cream, never had that in a raw before, ever, but a majority of the lasting taste is bitter and acidic stone fruits. I can tell that this tea was either grown near plenty of rocks or was from trees with very long roots because the minerality is great! I just wish that there was a more exciting body to it, that wasn’t so average, haha.
In the end this is a very very good daily drinker, but not something that you would save for special occasions what so ever. Just what I needed today, honestly.