Review of Premium Pu-erh Tea - Black

5 of 104 of 52 of 557 of 100

I tend not to be a fan of Shu Pu-erh at all, and my expectations for a tea bag were pretty low, but I was happy to say this greatly exceeding my expectations.

Brews up a very dark liquor, almost jet black, with a smooth mouthfeel, mild flavor, and mellow aroma. The aroma reminds me a little bit of clean, wet stone in a forest, as well as earth and moss. This tea creates a pleasant warming sensation; it's much more warming than most Shu Pu-erh I've tried.

The aroma isn't very complex, but overall, this was more enjoyable than most Shu Pu-erh. There is a noticeable lack of "off" aromas, what I describe as the "damp basement" smell that dominates a lot of low-quality Shu Pu-erh.

The tea bag also resteeps very well. With a first steep of 1 minute, a second infusion was easy and tasted similar to the first. I suspect you could probably steep this tea more, but I lost interest. I still strongly prefer the green (Sheng) tea bag from the same brand, and of course, I always would prefer actually buying a Sheng cake. This stuff is pricey, especially given that you can get whole Pu-erh cakes for around the price of this box of 20 tea bags. So, while I can appreciate this making Pu-erh more accessible to the audience of tea drinkers who use tea bags, I can't see myself buying this over an actual Pu-erh cake.

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