I enjoyed this tea. It is, however, different from many ripe puer. There were no notes of chocolate in it. Instead there were notes of camphor, spice, and a little bit of wet wood or wet storage taste. It had a fair amount of fermentation taste in the first few steeps. This taste was a little more unpleasant than some ripes but not out of bounds. In the end I will neither recommend or not recommend this tea. It is really a matter of taste. Some will really like this tea, some will hate it. It was cheap. Dragon Tea House sold it for around fourteen dollars. While I don’t classify this as a bargain find as I do a cheap brick I recently drank from Yunnan Sourcing, it wasn’t bad. It’s in the eighth steep now and I am enjoying it so it isn’t all bad. Just if you buy this don’t expect too much from it.
I steeped this eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 9.7g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. Judging by the color of the brew I’d say that I would get another four or so steeps out of this if I wanted to continue.
Flavors: Camphor, Earth, Spicy, Wet Wood