by Eric Maxfield
This is my first experience with Pu'Erh and got it on sale based on other reviews. I was not sure what to expect. It has a mildly pungent aroma that I could describe as "earthy" if generous and possibly "fishy" if not. Taking courage, I brewed it up western style with 2 min steeping and was pleasantly surprised at the mildness and there is definitely some interesting flavours going on including berries. Will have to return for second steeping to see how it develops but I kind of like it so far. For the price I guess its a good value introduction to Pu'Erh, but I am not sure I could justify the price of this if it wasn't on sale. Some of the premium varieties get pretty pricey.
by John Cooper
I really like this tea, it’s sweet, smoky, and has great overall taste. This has become my daily go to tea. I’ve ordered several bags and haven’t been disappointed. The price is very fair.
by Chris Boyer
Bought this because of the sale price and curiosity as I've never had Pu'erh tea before. Will definitely get more once I get through what I have. The first steeping is earthy and complex, and has a "mushroomy" finish to me, reminiscent of brie rind, with the second and third steepings becoming more black tea-ish with less emphasis on the mushroom notes.
This is one of those things that seems strange at first, but once you figure it out you can get to really like it, kind of like Scotch or specialty cheeses.
I bought this Pu'erh on a whim because of the sale price. Let me tell you, it's delicious and I will purchase more sale or not. I put 2 teaspoons in my 18oz Rapid Tea Maker , just barely cover the leaves with 205° water, steep 30 seconds, drain, then fill with water, steep 1 minute, very nice 1st mug. Then next two steps are for 1.5 minutes each, delicious! Now get this, I have steeped three more mugs for 2 minutes each and they are still very good. A bit smoky, a hint of sweetness that is augmented but maybe a 1/2 teaspoon of Agave syrup, and an all around delicious tasting tea! I have not noticed any bitterness, any charred taste, or any fishy smell! Give it a try, especially if you're new to Pu'erh, you'll not regret adding this tea to your morning routine.
by John Nixon
This tea carries the Pu Erh trademark smoky, earthy, woodsy complexity with heartwarming subtlety.
Each time you return for another brew, the tea's gentle reminder about just how good it really is, transports you somewhere you really like being. That place, ineffable though it is, is in fact just the most positive of distractions, as you understand yet again, that you are participating in something special.
This is exactly what I signed up for, this prince among Pu Erh teas.
by Anna Zaremba
Classic taste of Pu-erh - nice earthy flavour with a bit of smokiness and barely noticeable sweetness.
Not being a big Pu-Erh fan I must say I am pleased with this one. Nice earthy flavour, a bit cigarettes-like but not in the nasty way. The second brewing is equally strong in flavour so makes the value for money better. I did not try to brew it for 3 times but judged by the flavour of the 2nd brewing, the 3rd one would be still good. Probably this will not be my regular tea (since I'm not a Pu-Erh person) but if you'd like to try a Pu-Erh I think this one would be a good choice as it's well balanced.
Not being a big Pu-Erh fan I must say I am pleased with this one. Nice earthy flavour, a bit cigarettes-like but not in the nasty way. Probably this will not be my regular tea (since I'm not a Pu-Erh person) but if you'd like to try a Pu-Erh I think this one would be a good choice as it's well balanced.
Awesome tea!! Perfect earthy flavor....rolls off the tongue nicely. A woodsy flavor that can't be beat. Possibly the best Pu Erh I've tasted!! Definitely worth a try!!
To me, this is the typical pu’erh… with a touch of smokiness. Aroma of the dry leaves in a warm glazed clay gaiwan: smoky, earthy, sweet. After the first infusion, the leaves take a mossy aroma, reminiscent of old warm wood (or the interior of a wooden cottage on a warm summer day!). Taste like, the first infusions are smoky, woody, slightly mineral, and smooth. The 5th infusion is all that plus a touch of sweetness, with stronger minerality as well. The 5th infusion seems smoother, and I detect some spiciness. The 8th infusion takes a leathery taste I quite enjoy. This tea took me on a journey and, for that reason, it will be remembered.
This is my 4th or 5th purchase over the years, it had been consistent in the past and was very good but on this occasion it has become extremely poor not only does it not taste the same, it tastes extremely bad like charred wood, it's also bitter whereas in the past there was this roundness to it.