Gong-Go Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Results: Loved it after it sat in my cupboards for six years. If you can find it I do recommend it.
Vendor: Whole Dragon
Tea: “Mystery” Pu’erh
Tasting: 14g / 205°/ 10oz / 1st infusion 10 seconds (increased by 5 for 14 additional)
Average number of infusions: 15
I picked up this tea in my local Chinese market and it’s been sitting in my cupboard for about six years now. I remember the first cup I made tasting of compost and I couldn’t get past it – but after aging since 2012 I find myself appreciating this complex and savory tea unlike any other I’ve ever tried.
I’ve called it a “mystery” because I can’t find any information about it. As you can see from my photos there are only a few words on the whole tin in English. I’ve no idea what the rest of it says. If anyone out there can read it and would be willing to provide a translation I’d be in your debt.
Unable to determine if this was ripe or raw or what to do with it I guessed. The wonderful complexity of this tea has me assuming I guessed correctly. Earth and savory it’s so complex I’m finding it hard to pin down the flavors in a few words. The best I can do is to tell you I love it!
Since I started this blog, I’ve been paying attention to flavors, beyond my normal yum-yuck-blah. I’ve also been trying many new ones and adventuring away from my favorites. I’m not sure if its that fact, or if my taste buds have matured, but I’m noticing levels of sweetness I’ve never tasted before. At the sixth infusion, the sweetness of this pu’erh came out along with lots of cocoa and brown sugar that lasted until the very last cup.
If you ever run across a “mystery” like I did and are unsure about it, stick it in the back of your cupboard and forget about it for a few years. When you come back to it you might fight a wonderful surprise like I did. I’m loving this tea and wish I could tell you where to get it.
Deep dank & earthy notes of the forest
Dark large bits that looked like they had been rolled in powder chocolate
Amber color with a chocolate with a savory musk
Complex with savory earth notes
Fresh & mouthwatering, I kept going back for more
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 1 :
Dank rich earthy notes of the forest.
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 2 – 3:
Even richer earthy notes but more rounded and less musty
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 4 – 5:
Picking up a cocoa finish
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 6-10:
Remarkable sweetness with a cocoa finish
Gong-Go Rating Infusion 11-15:
While not a sweet the cocoa notes come to the front, with a more earthy finish.