Starting to identify some Steepster links to Liquid Proust’s puerh samples, so here’s another one.
The dry leaves smell pretty similar to the Misty Peaks I tried the day before—like raisins—but the flavored of the brewed tea is much deeper tasting. The cake sample was much looser, so maybe the extra space between the leaves allowed the flavor to develop faster? Anyway, it was a perfect tea to break in my new tea pets, Bessie and Fred.
Same deal as last time: alternated 190º and 170º with different steeping times from 30 seconds down to a straight pour through. Unlike the Misty Peaks, the flavor didn’t seem to change with the steepings; it just got stronger or weaker.
The flavor of the tea was grassy with a little astringency and bitterness, slightly sweet, and a flavor I can’t really identify. Something savory—the word “sausage” keeps popping into my head, but it doesn’t really taste like a sausage, so I don’t know where THAT’s coming from. Perhaps that’s best left to the psychologists to figure out. Maybe this is umami? I lack the experience to know for sure. Anyway, it’s nice and enjoyable.
I enjoyed this tea best at its first and strongest steeping.
Flavors: Grass, Sweet, Umami