16 Tasting Notes
The leaves and petals are colorful, but I could wish the leaves were all of a similar size. Many were broken, and some had brown edges. The tea was a bit thin on our first brewing, but that could be our fault. The cherry aroma and flavors were very nice. It was the subtle addition that makes this worth drinking again.
We purchased this back in February, and to our surprise the flavor is already falling off. We store it in an air-tight tin from Mariage Freres so we are not doing anything odd. It just demonstrates that good tea has a finite shelf life. If you like it, drink it all before it goes south.
Though pretty good, Sencha Imperial falls short of Mariage Freres’ higher grade of Sakura Tea. I’m probably a harsher critic than most. And it is cheap enough that you can actually afford to drink it if it suits you. I just won’t purchase any more of it once I finish off this tin.
It’s a good value for a 10 year old black pu-erh. I picked this one up at Tea Lucky in Taipei, Taiwan. The proprietor carries a large selection of pu-erh, both young and old.
Like most black pu-erhs, this one lacks many of the subtle flavors and richness found in the green pu-erhs.