Has a slightly fishy smell, but not as fishy as other pu-erhs I’ve tried. The smell is subtle, warm, somewhat savory. But not nearly as intimidating as the scent of most pu-erhs.

The taste is very smooth, as is expected of a good pu-erh. The first taste that I perceive is a lighter taste, semi-sweet. It reminds me of the bamboo pu-erh from Norbu teas. After this comes a gentle earthiness that adds depth to the tea’s initially light taste.

The aftertaste is very savory and deep; you notice it as immediately after swallowing towards the back of your mouth and throat. There might be an aftertaste of chrysanthemum – but I only have the vaguest idea of how a chrysanthemum would taste.

Overall it is very rounded and enjoyable. Nothing overwhelming or out of place here. Just a good pu-erh – the chrysanthemum doesn’t seem to strongly influence it.

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Long-term tea drinker from Michigan. Has a tendency towards Japanese green teas, lighter oolong styles like Ti Kuan Yin, and the occasional pu-erh. But recently, has been trying to develop a taste for black teas.



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