Review of 2017 Old Reliable

6 of 104 of 55 of 578 of 100

At first, this mostly smells and tastes like generic ripe pu-erh: wood, leaves, earth. It's sweet and syrupy, but the interesting flavors aren't immediately obvious. It does have subtle, non-generic-shou flavors that can be brought out depending on how you brew, though: caramel, cherry cola, dried fruit. Typical gaiwan brewing parameters for shou will give you unremarkable tea, so experiment or brew it western style, which I've had good luck with.

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