If I had to introduce somebody to the world of puerh, and this person had sheng-y trepidations, Hidden Song would be first pick. It’s friendly, mild and sweet with some throaty astringency and light bitterness. The warmed/rinsed leaf has an aroma of cooked sweet blackberries, an umami that lies along a meaty-beany spectrum, dusty florals and old books, moderate flat smoke. The fruity aroma drops away in the brew, leaving a viscous soup that tastes like sweet yellow bean paste with hints of those dusty florals and old books, both of which later become dominant. Some mild, well integrated lemony sourness on the sides of the tongue also makes a presence. A tea difficult to screw up.
If you’re brand new to puerh, I’d highly suggest this tea. The lower score is only my personal preference.
Flavors: Beany, Blackberry, Dust, Floral, Lemon, Meat, Mineral, Paper, Smoke, Smooth, Sugarcane, Sweet, Umami