Updated: Aug 24, 2020
This is not an excellent tea review. Two days in a row, I am unable to write about my fantastic encounters with tea. Still, instead, I am telling you about my failures. That’s life, I suppose.
So, I got this sample pu-erh within a Yunnanese tea sample set, and some other teas I tried were quite impressive. When I open the packaging and saw tiny broken leaves, I was terrified, but I gave it a go and stepped it. The taste was like a bad mate I am not saying mate is terrible, it was like a mate went off. It did not even taste like tea. The infused leaves showed that there were some buds inside. So maybe this was a fine tea, and it all went wrong and got crushed somehow. I do not think I could have broken it myself, as the leaves of the other teas in the same set were intact. I tried re-steeping for a shorter period, but the astringency did not go away. I stopped steeping and could not take another sip from the tea.
This coincided with saying goodbye to my old flat in Beijing. It was a bitter one. I am now hoping that the welcome of the new apartment will be sweeter. I’ll be back tomorrow.
Type: Pu-erh (Dark)
Harvest time: 2015
Leaf colour: Shades of green and brown (mostly broken leaves)
Liquor colour: Yellow
Tea aroma: Vegetal
Tea taste: Astringent with vegetal notes
Steeping/brewing: I am sorry, I cannot advise you this time.
Shelf life: Can be aged if appropriate storage is available.