Monday, May 14, 2012

Chicago Tea Garden Large Leaf from Old Trees Pu-erh

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: large, very dark. somewhat leathery
Ingredients: puerh tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: deep reddish brown

This tea was earthy with a sweet finish. The mouthfeel was very smooth and there was very little astringency. Notes of dark chocolate replaced the "forest floor" taste that is normally associated with aged tea. I'm always amazed at how many infusions can be had from a good quality puerh such as this one. After doing five, I was very tea logged but felt like I had just barely scratched the surface. The leaves weren't even close to unfurling completely. Overall, I've been very pleased with the puerhs that I have sampled from Chicago Tea Garden. It is the category of tea that I am least comfortable with but all of their offerings have been very tasty and user friendly. I would definitely recommend this tea.