This tea doesn’t brew super strong, but lasts for a while. The colour of the liquor is paler than other ripe pu’er teas I came across. It has a medium body. The mouthfeel has some kind of cleansing feel to it, especially in the finish.
Without the skin, the citrus sourness is mostly present in the smell, the taste has more of the citrus bitterness.
The tea taste is very brothy (mushrooms) and only a little earthy. The tangerine taste is definitely present in the tea, but doesn’t dominate.
There is almost no sweetness in this tea, it’s mostly a bitter affair, but I think that’s nice. Also the aftertaste in the early steeps is mostly savoury with some bitterness but not much sweetness. The later steeps seem to have more acidic aftertaste.
With the tangerine peel, the liquor smells a bit like an apple pie to which someone added a bit too much of citrus peel. The wet leaf is now really reminiscent of citrus orchard with both the earthy and citrus notes present.
The taste with the skin is more tangy and sour and akin to actual fruit juice, but without the sweetness. I like it a lot.
Flavors: Apple, Bitter, Broth, Cinnamon, Citrus Zest, Cream, Dirt, Mushrooms, Red Wine