|" I love a black pu-er in the morning when I want something really rich and solid to wake me up and nourish me before heading out into the day. This one is a winner, warming and full with an ease of preparation that wins points with me as well."|
The leaves of this offering are short and curled, dark chocolate in color with a matte finish and a liberal interspersing of pretty tan leaves with the darker. I infused a teaspoon of leaf to 8 ounces of boiled water that I allowed to cool for a minute or two. I infused for four minutes.
The tea brews up beautiful and deeply dark, the color of a super black coffee. The taste is immediately good and rich, earthy with a little "tang" to it that to me makes a pu-erh taste so appealing. While in some pu-erh teas, especially greens, this tang is particularly peaty, in this offering, the tang is darker and more subtle to contemplate (we're dealing here with peat's introspective cousin, perhaps?). I find this tea is earthy but also rich and smooth and with higher notes expressing themselves and a slightly chocolate-y flavor in there too. There's a hint of dryness to the tea that comes across wonderfully. This pu-erh is smooth drinking and enjoyable with much flavor developing as the tea cools a bit in the cup. I enjoy the way the flavors deepen a bit and fuse into a very warming mug as it sits a bit.
This loose leaf pu-er has much going for it. I would definitely consider this one to have in the cupboard at all times. I love a black pu-erh in the morning when I want something really rich and solid to wake me up and nourish me before heading out into the day. This one is a winner, warming and full with an ease of preparation that wins points with me as well. Reliable second infusions are well worth your time and tasting as well!!
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