[Just a short intro skip to the tasting note if you don’t care much]
I woke up today with my face covered in blood. However, this is nothing to worry about, as it was just my tooth extraction for my braces acting up. So, this means that I got to skip class today for a rainy day at home with some ripe puerh. Initially, I was going to wait until the weekend, and hopefully get distracted by school work enough that I could make these teas last. But, I was home alone and it was a rainy day, the perfect day for a ripe. Also, I was worried about the bloods effect on my stomach, so I decided that drinking a puerh would aid in the digestion of it, and calm my tense stomach.
[Tasting note]First Steeping – Unlike my first Ripe, this one did not need it’s first infusion thrown out due to a barn yard taste. This tea had some barn yard in the smell, but again, unlike the first one this was not overwhelming at all. This was so smooth, and very dark and cozy. A tea perfect for a rainy day for sure. I got more cozy flavors, Vanilla, Marshmallow, and some fruitiness. I had to look hard to figure what the fruitiness was, it was like a smooth dark fruit, it’s hard to explain, but like a little bit of brightness in it, but dark, if that makes any sense. It was also super creamy, this tea was absolutely perfect for the calming rain outside.
(3rd Infusion) The second infusion was a lot like the first so I skipped it. The 3rd infusion was a bit confusing, as the barnyard found it’s way into the taste, and the warm vanilla and marshmallow were going away. I was mainly getting a warm hay, and a dark woodiness.
[4th – 6th overview]
I lost track of infusions completely after the 3rd infusion. But all I know is that It fell really fast. I was hoping that this tea would be a champ and go on more, but all of the vanilla goodness in the 1st and 2nd infusions was lost in the 3rd then it just was a downhill from there. I drank it until the 6th infusion because I was stubborn, but realistically it lasted 5.
[Things to note]
However, it may not be a champ when it comes to strength it sure was when it came to tolerance. In the 5th and 6th infusions I really wanted more tea, so I brewed this ridiculously long, and no astringency at all! Just smooth vanilla hay with a bitterness hiding in there somewhere. I also did an experiment with adding just a little bit of hot water and to see how the thick little thing tasted, and I was expecting like the Menghai for it to be too biter to even leave in your mouth, but it wasn’t that at all, I actually drank the whole little shot!
Not a strong qi on this one, maybe because it didn’t last long. Usually after drinking tea if I drink a glass of water it will be sweet. But Not much of a sweetness either, maybe pointing towards not that old tea trees.
An Amazing Amazing tea while it lasted, everything that I was hoping for in a puerh, smoothness, and creaminess with not too overwhelming dark flavors. But when compared to the Menghai “Taste of Menghai” I liked this a lot better (while it lasted). It was not that much in your face, it was so smooth and elegant with all of those dark flavors. But, again, it’s a pity it didn’t last very long. Maybe the “Taste of Menghai” would have been like this one if I carried on the session a little longer, but yesterday I thought that I was going to class. (if I would have known I definitely would have carried on!)
Though I haven’t drank any other teas yet, I think Puerh will be more special to me than I initially thought. I’m still only warming up to it’s tastes, but now I’m really starting to like puerh, with it’s huge variety and health benefits.
Flavors: Marshmallow, Smooth, Stonefruit, Vanilla