166 Tasting Notes
Have had this several times now and am appreciating the subtle yet flavorful nuances of this excellent silver needle. Though mild, it is far from boring. Following the directions, I brewed 2 (heaping) tsp in 8 oz water for 1 min, increasing by 30-60 seconds for subsequent steepings. As I read other reviews, I was nodding when I saw descriptions like cucumber, hay, floral. I would say all these were just hints-combining to give a very satisfying experience. I enjoyed it with a tiny bit of Stevia. Perfect for a soothing cup in the evening
Understand that this is the 1st Pu-erh I have tried. I purchased the black tea sampler and would probably never have tried it otherwise. So I am no expert. Also, I sweeten all my teas with stevia. However, my husband doesn’t sweeten his tea and he liked it too. All I can say is I like this wonderful tea a lot, it’s good hot or iced, really good. I steeped it for 30 seconds the 1st time and added 30 seconds for each subsequent steeping. I plan to try the Gaiwan brewing instructions next time since this method is highly recommended for pu-ehr. For iced I brewed it double strength and added ice while hot. I have now ordered the TeaVivre Pu-erh sampler so I can compare this one with others.
I am bumping up the rating on Summer Harvest Laoshan Green. For me, the results were far better brewing it Gongfu style with short steeping times. It was smooth, light, and fresh with no bitterness. I used 3 gm of tea for 4 oz of water at 185, letting it steep 6 seconds and adding a few seconds for each subsequent steep. With Western style brewing and longer steeping times, I found it to be too bitter for my taste, but I don’t think that’s been a problem for others.
I just love this wonderful Dian Hong. It is equally delicious hot or iced. I could drink it every day. As far as how many infusions I got, well easily 7,following Verdant’s instructions for Western style with steep time of 1 min. for the 1st 3 and adding a few seconds for subsequent steepings.