Wild Tea Qi Ancient Phoenix Fermented Puer Mini-Discs

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: very dark brown, coin-like shape
Ingredients: puerh tea
Steep time: 30 seconds for first infusion, 8 seconds for subsequent infusions
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: dark amber

I picked up a pack of these at the New York Coffee and Tea Festival because I thought that they were the perfect size to stick in my tea wallet. The first infusion was paler than I had expected and while it did taste good, the taste was very mild. The leaves fully released from their compressed shape on the second infusion and along with them came an explosion of flavor. It was much darker with an earthy and rich flavor. There were notes of a licorice and cocoa with a sweet, woodsy aftertaste. I did about eight infusion before I couldn’t drink anymore but the leaves still had a lot more to give. I would definitely recommend this tea.

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