This was the first pu-erh I have tried, at least knowingly.
After I first brewed I smelled a wonderful chocolate scent, similar to the first smell you might get when baking brownies and the chocolate is just getting melted and gooey. I am a fan of traditional hot chocolate, with steamed milk and bar of melted dark chocolate in it, so I was worried that it would taste too much like a watered down hot chocolate.
It was nothing like that, it did not have that same creaminess or strong pure chocolate taste that hot chocolate has, but I tasted a strong chocolate flavor with what I imagine is the natural pu-erh tea taste in the very background. It did not taste watered down, it was just a lighter taste of chocolate.
It confused my taste buds at first because of that lighter but somehow not watered down chocolate taste. It was sweeter than a dark chocolate but not as sweet as candy bar chocolate.
This tea was delicious and I finished this cup of tea quicker than most, and was going to make myself another cup! Until I remembered this tea has caffeine and it is almost 11 at night.
I am excited to try it as a latte!