This tea came in October’s Global Tea Hut package and I’m just getting around to trying it now. It’s quite good. The teas from Global Tea Hut are usually very high quality. This one is border tea, shou puerh from Ban Payase, Phongsali, Laos. This tea has a lot of fermentation flavor but it is clean with no fishy taste. It was sweet with little bitterness. There were some notes of chocolate it there. I did develop that fruity taste that shou puerh often develops in later steeps. I gave this one twelve steeps and it’s still quite dark in color. This one will go some more and I may go back for a couple of more steeps. I think it’s not out of bounds to even say it has the flavor of dates, a flavor I think only the best shou puerh develops. I really enjoyed this tea. The only thing I dislike about it is the fact that I cannot get more. I have a few grams left but not much. Global tea hut only sends about ten to twelve grams of tea. I used just over seven grams for this tea session. That should leave enough for another session with my 60ml gaiwan. But that is it. This was among the best shou puerhs I have drank, without a doubt. Better than anything I have had even from Mandala, and I think their loose puerh is generally the best. It is even in my opinion better than puerh by Whispering Pines. It is that sweet and tasty.
I steeped this tea twelve times in a 85ml Yixing teapot with 7.3g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min and 2 min. Judging by the color of the brew in the twelfth steep I think this one might go twenty steeps, but certainly fifteen. I am almost certainly going back for a couple more steeps.
Flavors: Chocolate, Dates, Earth, Fruity, Sweet