This tea is quite good. I purchased this tea from Berylleb King Tea during one of their sales so I got it for 15% off. It sells for $30 or so and is worth every penny. There was a fair amount of fermentation flavor that dissipated by the fifth steep. It was thick and sweet. I would even venture to say it has begun to develop a dates flavor that good ripe puerh will often develop. Is it really ancient tree? That is a question to ask. It tastes good enough to be ancient tree, but was it lasting enough to be ancient tree? I gave it eight steeps and it would have certainly gone twelve or more judging by the color of the tea in the eighth steep. How many steeps should an ancient tree tea go? I don’t know. It was a tea that I am glad to have bought the bing of, that is for sure.
I steeped this tea eight times in a 170ml teapot with 9.5g leaf and boiling water. I gave the tea a ten second rinse then let it sit for ten minutes. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec.
Flavors: Dates, Earth, Sweet