This is my first foray into Pu-erh teas. I had liked the smell of the leaf of this one when I gave it a wiff at the store. mildly earthy with a hind of an almost chocolate-like scent.
brewed, 5g leaf to 100ml water @95C. after a flash rinse. 1st steep for 1 minute
Colour of liquor: dark red-brown, darker than I'm used to seeing a tea actually. put me more in mind of coffee with a bit of red tint.
Aroma: musky sweet. my first impression was actually memories of working on a horse farm, and the smell of fresh cleaned stables. (this is a good thing. pleasant memories )
Flavor: dark and earthy. vegetal. hint of tobacco. Lingers in the mouth pleasantly. overall, very pleasant without being overwelming. no bitterness or astringency at all.
I kinda like this. It's not a very meditative cup of tea like I find TKY oolongs, this has the same feelings for me as Lapsang, more a tea I'd drink while working on a project or as a wakeup tea in the morning. Not as overpowering in flavor as I was expecting, so will be looking to try others.
One of the intentionally aged teas, Pu-Erh has a loyal following.