Thank you very much, derk! I wanted a dark puerh a couple days ago, so here we go. Just what I wanted! I wasn’t sure if I should go with two teaspoons here, but what the heck, I love the deepest darkest puerh. The puerh looks like nuggets but the description says “brick” so that is odd. They are VERY slow to unravel like they look like big oolong pieces. I think I have only had a “nugget” type of puerh once before but they looked much smaller than this. The flavor is perfect and smooth. And because they are slowly unraveling the steeps can keep going and going. The steeps were ridiculously consistent – especially if these nuggets held almost the same shape the entire session. But breaking them apart with my fingers, they aren’t really nuggets at all, and should have really expanded into those smaller leaves. To really look like that PUERH DIRT I love. Very odd. This never really happened with another puerh for me before. So looking at the description, it does call them “nuggets”. " The “cha tou” are the leaves that ball up and get stuck together" during crazy compression using a hydraulic press and can be steeped 20 times! So that explains it. Not really any distinct unique flavors, just a very tasty ripe. I do love the variety of flavors derk noticed! Derk mentioned vanilla cola which is probably why I wanted to try this. Sadly, no vanilla cola for me here. And it seems to have mellowed out a ton since Togo’s tasting note. (Togo, I would love read how this is aging for you!) Not distinct enough for me to be a favorite, but I’m glad I used two teaspoons.
Steep#1 // 2 teaspoons for full mug// 26 minutes after boiling // rinse // 2 minute steep
Steep#2 // 10 min after boiling // 2-3 min
Steep#3 // 10 min after boiling // 3 min
Steep#4 // 3 min after boiling // 3 min
Steep#5 // just boiled // 15 min
2021 sipdowns: 40 (This + Teavivre – High Mountain oolong)