This cake started out with a heavy wet storage taste. It started to dissipate somewhat by the second steep and was gone by the fifth steep. It had, as reported by others, a think almost syrupy consistency in the early steeps. I did not notice any fermentation flavor. Saying this had notes of chocolate is not far off the mark. I steeped this eight times and wish I didn’t have to watch my caffeine intake because in the eighth steep it was really getting good. It had lost all the unpleasant flavors of wet storage and morphed into something delicious. This is probably not a tea I would choose to stock up on but I am glad I bought it. To be honest if I didn’t have so much ripe puerh here I probably would stock up on this.
I steeped this eight times in a 180ml teapot with 13g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. I suspect I’d get around five more steeps out of this tea were I to continue with it.
Flavors: Sweet, Wet Wood