This is a rich tasting sweet ripe puerh. There was almost no earthy flavor left at all. This tea may have been only lightly fermented because it has nearly fully cleared. In fact the only tea I have drank with less fermentation flavor is the 2008 Song of Chi Tse. I added a very small amount of sugar to this tea and was rewarded with an intense dates flavor. I think the flavor was there underneath but just needed some sugar to bring it out. Perhaps plums would be just as accurate a description. In any case this tea is so good I am tempted to buy another bing if it is still available the next time Yunnan Sourcing runs a sale.
I steeped this tea eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 9g 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. If I didn’t want to stop to make something iced I’d say I could have gotten another four or five steeps out of this at least.
Flavors: Dates, Sweet