This "sampler" is over half a pound of tea for $12!
I brewed up the 2006 Arbor Yinhao Tuocha
tonight. I came close to following the vendor's suggested brewing at http://www.puerhshop.com/index.php?main ... cts_id=380
I used the cute tiny tuocha pick III
that I also ordered to break a little of this tea off from the darling tuocha. This is a docile tuo easily broken up, although I enjoyed using the pick. It it succumbed helplessly to my urgings (I only wish I got this reponse more often outside
the world of tea!)
5.00 grams in a 120 ml pot, off boil: no rinse, infusions: 30 s, 25 s, 30 s, 60 s, 60 s, 1:15 m, 1:30 m.
I got started late and so I didn't really exhaust the tea before I became exhausted. For those who do not have all the benefits of modern drug technology (i.e., a gram scale), I measured this to be about 1 rounded tablespoon.
Usually I start infusing sheng (raw) puerh at around 15 s including pour time, but the vendor site recommends 30s after a rinse. As I usually do, I skipped the rinse, but went with the 30 s first infusion. It was light, smooth, none too powerful in flavor. Maybe tending a bit to watery, but also a delicate and pleasant aroma and taste. It seemed to taste somehow different from other sheng I have had, maybe I have not had Lincang before. The honey color was inviting and it had a mushroomy kind of flavor throughout, but I also notice hints of mint and fishy tastes especially later in the brewing. At these parameters it was flirting with astringency, had modest viscosity, but was a pleasing drink. The spent leaves were green in color and pretty chopped up.
I am pleased with this inexpensive tea (5¢ per gram) mostly because of the price. It is not very strong flavored, but it is inoffensive and pleasant. A person would probably not buy it for long term storage, but who knows. It would be a nice everyday tea, say to have at work or drink with friends who were not TeaBuddies enough to give them the "good stuff." On a Netflix scale I would call it a solid 3 stars, "I liked it."
*Notice the little sunflower seed I found in mine.
My rating "I liked it"