Wow, this is a really dark-looking, dense tea – almost like pu-erh in some respects. It tastes quick ‘thick’ if that makes any sense. It has quite a strong flavour that verges of being bitter, but I can distinctly taste the slightly smokey, tannic (leathery? malty?) flavour that all Yunnan teas seen to have. It’s quite smooth- tasting initially, but it’s at the end and a bit in the aftertaste where the bitterness comes in. It doesn’t have those sweet, cocoa notes that some Yunnans have, but it’s likeable despite its rough edges.
I can already tell that this is a good, morning kick in the arse tea. Lord knows I’m going to need it today.