Imagine you’re deep in a damp, mossy forest. This is one of the most interesting cups of dark tea I’ve had. The ripe leaves are aged and go through a natural fermentation process before being gently dried. This creates such a smooth flavor I haven’t experienced in most other dark teas. Flavors such as mushroom, leather and dirt bring out a rich, deep earthy feel. Plus, there’s absolutely no astringency or bitterness even when you steep for a long time (10min+).
This tea is rich in flavor, but has a very mellow strength. If you’re looking to ease into the day, or enjoy a light cup of dark tea, this will do the trick.
50% Pu’erh leaves with 10% mushroom, 10% dirt, 10% leather, 10% tree roots, 10% fig. Very well balanced, everything blends together as they would in a forest.
You’ll experience a very mild sweetness of figs in the background. It’s full of rich earthy flavors which don’t scream sweet. This goes great with a sweet treat such as ice cream, or some scones to balance everything out.
I steeped this at 215 degrees for 5 minutes. You’ll get multiple steeps out of one teaspoon, I’m on my third as I’m writing this! Plus, you can steep for as long as you’d like, without worrying about any bitterness. Next time I’m going to steep for around 7 minutes the first steep and increase 2 minutes each consecutive steep.
There’s a wonderful, dark color with a slight hue of red to this tea reminding me of a dark liquor. You can tell it’s been aged, and is full of flavor just by looking at the color.