I went a bit wild a few weeks (months?) ago and bought a cake of this...
I am new to the world of puerh. I have really enjoyed drinking three cooked puerhs so far and thought it was time to investigate the "proper stuff". Believing in "you get what you pay for" I went for the above expensive stuff (yeah I know you can spend a lot more than this!)
Can anyone recognise exactly what this puerh is? Who makes it? etc?
Anyone have any opinion on what it they would expect from it?
I would appreciate an informed view as I am struggling to like it, and I think some pointers would help.
I have tried brewing it in lots of ways - different brew times, tea quantities etc. but as much as I want to love it, I can't.
The taste is clean but leans to bitterness. I shorten brew times to avoid the bitterness but then the flavour seems to be too light to me. I've tried as much as 8 or 9g in 150ml of water but then the flavour seems too sharp somehow. sort of over saturated like you might get with too much oolong leaf.
It can also be pretty hard on the stomach - I've had a few cramps from this stuff!
Could it be this tea is too young? It feels to me it needs to mellow out - but then I'm just guessing with no experience at all!
I can't believe this tea is just bad tea as this Jing (UK) have always provided extremely good Oolongs and have a very good reputation.
Is raw pu so far away from cooked? Is the mellow, warming, tree bark-nature only found in cooked? This raw stuff is as different from my cooked stuff as oolong is from black tea!
Perhaps this puerh's taste is what you guys all love so much - Its so hard to know!
Two cooked puerhs I adore:
2006 Fu Hai 7576, meng hai
2005 Boyou 7262 - Menghai Boyou tea factory