I recently bought some loose leaf Pu Erh tea and it smells fine whilst dry, the earthy tones which I have heard it described by. However once I have brewed it and poured it out it smells like fish and is rather unpleasent. Is this supposed to occur? I think it is a bit better once I have sipped it, btu it still has a bit of a fishy taste.
I was thinking of returning it (if it isn't too much bother) and getting a new batch sent out, so is it likely to be a 'spoiled' batch, or is this what it should be like?
Thanks in advance.
Yes, the smell is normal in the case of inferior "wet stored' or "cooked puerh. I would really encourage you to purchase samples of dry stored puerh. Dry aged puerh should have a very pleasant smell of sandlewood, camphor, earth, floral 'slightly aged', dried plums and many other nuances. Properly stored puerh is a wonderful thing. I would also shy away from loose puerh when you are first venturing into puerh. It has been my experience that compressed puerh is far more pleasant and consistant than loose stuff. Although it is important to say that puerh creates a dicotomy with those who drink it. You either will love it, or hate it.
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