143 Tasting Notes
This tea is incredibly smoky in dry leaf form. So much so that I was almost disappointed before I even tasted it. BUT….when brewed I’m reminded of the sweet fragrance of summer nights. The tea is wonderfully complex, smooth, refreshing and more gentle on the pallet than other shengs. I has a Cha qi flows throughout the body and remedies my 3 pm drowsiness. The low price provides an added shock value. Will I buy more? Yes.
This arrived as a sample with my 2012 MGH 1214 Eco Big Tree Green Pu’erh Brick. It’s not fungal like other shou puer. It’s very smooth, clean, refreshing, a subtle sweetness that’s comes with later steeps, and that fragrance of dried fruits (Chinese dates?) that I denotes its quality. Very comforting.
When I first opened the package I was impressed that the tiny leaves were beautifully intact. I steeped it for the first time this afternoon. While I’m not a fan of the initial smokiness of the tea (taste and aroma), it does have its own cha qi and a refreshing finish that I found comforting on the stomach after having a lot of lamb for dinner. I see ageing potential in this tea.