Bought more of this recently, forgot that I had it somewhere. This time it got the full gongfu treatment, using my new Anta Pottery Clay Boiler. Initially, there was a bittersweet taste from the ripe puerh and a certain amount of fermentation flavor. The sticky rice flavor, however, does to a certain degree cover up the fermentation taste. The sticky rice flavor had a sweet taste to it but is hard to describe. It’s kind of an earthy taste, but not the earthy of the ripe puerh. If I remember correctly, this mini tuocha uses real sticky rice, not the herb that mimics that taste. Overall I liked this tea. It is nice to drink but not spectacular.
I brewed this eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with two mini tuocha or about 9.5g leaf with boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec.
Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Earth, Sweet