1 x 2005 Green City Peak Arbor Pu-erh Tea Cake (Green City Peak - 4020)
Turns out I really like some puerhs, but just like with oolongs I go mostly for the 'tea quality', interesting and balanced comlexity and long lasting pleasant aftertaste, with aroma, etc secondary. I found the puerh above to be much milder and 'smoother' than the others with a very strong tea qi and solid, understated and evolving complexity (the sort of thing I like). Even the bitterness was crisp and interesting, which the bitterness in most of the other samples wasn't. Pretty nice. However, I'm not a Pu head, I'm a oolong drinker, so I wouldn't take this as a recommendation that means anything in the puerh world or really anything in any world except mine.
That's it, one cake.
From the following samples:
- 2007 Imperial Concubine Aroma hmn, I recognize that aroma... Interesting at first, but got boring fast.
- 2000 Bulk Mini Pu-erh Tea Brick (1 Ounce) brew this quick, its strong and gets nasty fast, not my taste, does anyone actually like cooked pu?
- 2005 Private Reserve Yiwu rough, not much interest to me but very educational
- 2004 Yuan Ye Xiang Pu-erh boring
- 2005 Green City Peak Arbor yes, a puerh I can love! I had to force myself to stop drinking this and go through the rest of the samples
- 2006 Mengku Arbor King Pu-erh wild ride, rough as hell. this has interesting complexity but is too rough for me. also lacking the strong tea quality I always look for
- Plus 3 other samplers including 2007 purple leaf that they threw in for free which were all unremarkable.
I don't have enough puerh knowledge to bother you with my full tasting notes, but suffice it to say I was educated in a far rougher manner than I'm accustomed to. Oh, and young puerh must have a helluva lot of caffeine, I was up all night... more rough education.