So, I ordered this as a sample in my most recent purchase. I remember doing my homework and finding a puerh that sounded interesting, tasty, and that would be something I would buy. What I forgot, however, was how affordable it was. Currently $66 on the .com site. A great deal for a high-quality 400g cake.
Despite its youth, it is very tasty and drinkable now. Apricot and fresh herbs pop out, with refreshing notes of cucumber and mint. A noticeable honey sweetness as well. There are some strong bitter herbal notes, particularly when brewed hard; but, based on what I have found, this only translates into good aging potential.
This is a good value for those wanting some old tree stuff.
Dry leaf: dried apricot, sweet floral, honey, dried parsley and some mint. Hints of grape syrup as well. In preheated vessel – apricot note gets deeper.
Smell: wildflower honey, honeysuckle, musty floral
Taste: sweet citrus (mandarin orange), apricot, honey and corn syrup sweetness, coriander, hay and dewy grass, fresh parsley and mint, cucumber.