Received a sample with my order from yunnan sourcing. I am pretty new to ripe pu-erhs, and will be withholding giving a numeric rating. Brewed gong-fu style near boiling. Two rinses as this pu’er is young and cheaper ripe pu’ers i’ve had benefited from rinsing to reduce ‘off’ fermentation flavors. Typical color, dark orange-brown, burgundy-ish liquor when looked through while pouring, but definite brown-earth colored in the cup.
Smell is musty earth, decent smell. Taste is bitter, very earthy. I think a double rinse is better to my taste- first steeps are a little earthy/bitter to my taste, but again, I’m a ripe newbie.
Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Dark Wood, Earth, Wet Wood