We re-taste this tea every couple of years. We tell ourselves it’s our professional obligation, and maybe it is, but it’s also a pure delight. This tea transcends a description of flavours and moves into the realm of a total body experience. The mouthfeel is immediately impactful and profound. Thick and bold, but gentle and delicate simultaneously. I would say it was confusing except the whole experience of drinking this tea was so comforting that feelings like confusion were dispelled from my mind. We enjoyed about 12-14 flash infusions (under 5s) of consistent flavour and mouthfeel. Tingling sensations on my spine, deep warming in my core, elusive floral notes, hints of dried date, leathery woodiness. And we continued infusing, we just had to wait more than 5 seconds, and the tea was still consistent in flavour and mouthfeel. All in all, it’s very hard to describe a tea like this. The age was apparent from the first sip, the quality, astounding. It may not be a daily drinker, but it’s an excellent addition to any bucket list.
Notes from 2015: This 28 year old Pu’er comes from the large leafed trees of Yunnan province. When brewed, the characteristic scent of fine aged tea is present but is pleasantly combined with an uncommon, delicate floral aroma. The hint of floral scent is echoed in the flavour, which is full, round and supremely complex. This tea is incredibly robust and can be infused quickly or for an extremely long time without becoming bitter. This allows for countless options that you can enjoy experimenting with in order to bringing out a wide variety of flavours. It can also be infused more than 15 times! The red-brown liquor is reminiscent of a fine wine in its complexity and structure. And as with all Pu’er tea, this aged Pu’er will continue to improve in flavour and value as time progresses. You can try this Pu’er at different points in time and enjoy a new experience each time. Be prepared to be amazed if you are a lover of dark tea.