This is a queued tasting note.
So, I was REALLY excited about this tea because it’s been a while since DAVIDsTEA has carried a straight Pu’erh and I think it’s something that’s sorely missing on the tea wall. I actually get so many people who ask about the Pu’erh category on the wall and unlike every other tea type I didn’t (until now) have something I could pull down for them to smell in reference to the straight tea I was talking about. Now we just need a Sheng tea again so I can reference both Sheng and Shou when I talk to customers…
Anyway; I was really excited. Then I smelled the dry leaf though, and I got much more skeptical because it smelled really fishy and gross. I’ve been spoiled by higher quality Pu’erh and this definitely seems like a bit of a step down from what I’ve been drinking lately. I’m gonna give it as fair a chance as I can, though!
5 Sec. Wash/rest
- Thick mouthfeel; top note is earthy
- Cuts in quickly with a fishy foulness worthy of Captain Sham
Anyone else binging A Series of Unfortunate Events or is that just me?
- Very dark liquor
- Still both earthy and fishy
- Some very light top note sweetness; I really have to focus in on it though
- Maybe a little more leveled out?
- Picking up a barley-like note now
- Earthy body, gross finish…
- I’m gonna try two more infusions before I call it quits on this one unless it improves…
- Significantly less oily/fishy!
- Does have a “muddy” earthiness
- Some barley/grainy qualities
- Finish is SO long lingering
- Feels a little rounded overall
- Huge improvement, but…
- I don’t think I can drink more of it either; it’s not improving fast enough
I tried; really I did.
Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts regarding the teas, and not the company’s.