Received as a sample from Togo. Thanks :)
Dry leaf has some good age on it and smells as such, with other notes of dirt, dates, faint florals and apricot. Warming and rinsing releases aromas of ash, light dried apricot, bitter black olives, sawdust, clay and old dry dark wood.
The taste of the liquor is distinctly different from the smell of the leaves. It’s light-bodied and very clean with mostly minerals, grass, herbs, green wood and light dried apricot. The flavors and some astringency peak in the first few steeps and slowly fade from there. Toward the middle of the session some complementary bitterness comes in, adding some depth to the liquor and then fades away. Sweetness was never present for me.
I really enjoyed the clean character of this puerh. It would be a great daily drinker, especially for green tea lovers looking for an aging sheng.
Flavors: Apricot, Ash, Astringent, Bitter, Clay, Dark Wood, Dates, Dirt, Dried Fruit, Floral, Grass, Green Wood, Herbs, Mineral, Olives, Sawdust