Another nice one from Mandala. Dark liquor, like reddish-espresso color, with a leather, earthy aroma. The first couple of steeps there was earthiness, leather, hay, hints of dark cocoa. After a few steeps, I got some creaminess along with molasses, some spices, minerality, more chocolate, slightly nutty as well (not almonds though, not sure what type of nuts but it’s there. >.<). The later steeps I got some fruit notes and a camphor feeling. It was a very smooth, rich, mellow, clean Pu erh. Creamy and soothing mouth and throat-feel.
I don’t know which one I like better The Shu Fits or this one. I ‘think’ The Shu Fits but I have enough to keep comparing them. It may be the name lol. I love it. Anyway, I had bought the Plethora of Pu’er and those two came with it (along with the Rice Aroma which I had bought earlier, liked it and reviewed) and the Noble Mark which I’m looking forward to trying as well. What a great combination to send in one package.
5g, Yixing gaiwan, 212˚F, 110ml, 9 steeps: rinse, 10s, 15s, 20s, 25s, 30s, 35s, 40s, 45s, 50s, 55s
Flavors: Camphor, Dark Chocolate, Dark Wood, Earth, Fruity, Hay, Leather, Nuts, Smooth, Spices, Wet Wood