After preheating my teaware, I opened the package of loose tea, breathing in what seemed to be a fragrant and bold pu’erh. Beginning by rinsing the leaves in the gaiwan, I took in the aroma of the wet leaves and had much the same impression as when they were dry. Then came the first thirty-second infusion. I was just a bit disappointed.
The flavors were bold, yet at the same time were flat. Initially, the
tea had great mouthfeel and the taste concentrated at the front of the mouth, but that was about as far as things went. Continuing, I steeped the leaves again for another thirty seconds. This time, the brew came
out darker looking, earthier in smell, and stronger in flavor. The third infusion was much like the second, but the flavor was a bit fuller. Finally, for the fourth steeping, I left the leaves sit in the
water for several minutes. This time, the tea came out stronger, but no more flavorful. Overall, I would say that I was disappointed at
the lack of any sort of full flavor. However, the flavors that did
exist were bold. On my personal enjoyment scale, I would give this tea
This review was unsolicited and uncompensated.
This tea is no longer available from Tao Tea Leaf, but their website may be found, here.