289 Tasting Notes
This was an amazing value from Puershop. Where can you find a good quality shu for under $20 for a full sized cake these days? It is a solid tea – fairly smooth, robust, and straightforward. A little chocolate, a little bitterness, long lasting. It is supposedly wild arbor, but who knows. A great daily drinker.
I recently when on a ripe sample buying spree at Puershop. I bought 20 samples. Pretty cheap to do at puershop, though their teas are often mediocre. This was one of their premium ripes. It was pretty good, smooth and nicely fermented. It did lack character and complexity, but it was still a solid tea. But the price is too high at $47. I would definitely buy some if it were $30.
I don’t know why I bother with factory ripe pu erh, I might just stop buying it. Scott’s ripes from Yunnan Sourcing are almost always delicious, bold, high quality, tested for pesticides, and overall consistently good. Lucy is no exception. It is subtly different from their other ripes, a little more complex. I think there is a bit of camphor in the background, which is nice. It tastes of bittersweet chocolate and very slight smoke. Very smooth, and moderate caffeine. Another winner from YS.
Yeah, just saw that as well. I have one cake and was about to order more. That last sale saw the Year of the Goat Ripe sell out as well, but I bought 2 tongs of it since I had the feeling it was about to sell out. I just ordered samples of the other 2018 YS ripes sou can see which ones I will like. I will not make the same mistake again!
Mistakenly put this note for the wrong tea. Correcting now.
I normally love YS ripe teas, but this one was terrible. I could have had a bad batch of course, but it tasted like dirty cardboard. Yuck.
Yes, thanks for that, very confusing with the years. This is the 2015 version so newness is not the issue. Probably just a bad batch compared to what Scott tasted, or a bad bit within the batch.