It is a ‘strong’ tea, smoky and what wine people might call ‘sauvage’. It tastes untamed in a certain way, with a certain particular violet fruitiness I associate with purple pu-erh. Predominantly smoky with an undertone of fruit, I think this tea still needs another year of integration, but I can see that it will integrate and become sweeter. Compression on the cake was quite tight, and it was hard not to break up the leaves even with my trusty pick. I can’t say I liked the tea, but I do think it will age well and integrate to be something quite interesting.
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 g 15 OZ / 450 ML