The tea from the sampler is large and whole. I took, as usual, 12 g per 180 ml, water boiled and rested for a couple of minutes, one rinse, then “three breaths” infusion, then 30 s – 40 s – 1 min –3 min –5 min (at some stages I made 2-3 steepings).
The first steep gives an explicit fruity sweet taste with a distinct smack of tangerines or oranges. On the following steeps, the taste becomes more complicated, sweetness recedes into the background, bitterness and some astringency appear. Somewhere in the middle, several straits give a very clear “sweetness-astringency” transition, with sweetness first and astringency later. The taste is always interesting, complex, clearly changing from steep to steep. Tea turned out to be very hardy, and the last steeps end were not worse and not less interesting than the first ones, the tonic effect is clearly visible. This pu-erh is easy to drink (1.7 l was consumed very quickly and with pleasure). In my opinion, a great sheng.
This tea of 2005 looks quite aged, even the leaves are already reddish, that means, fermented.
Very fragrant tea: can't smell it enough.
The taste is solid and sweet. I personally have tried a few Hongtaichangs in my life, but this one is certainly credible.
The steeped leaves. They smell a few more hours after the tea is finished. By the way, tea can be brewed more than 10 times.
We ordered only one cake! Could not rejoice, cause wanted to be quiet! This tea is really strong. Even the most talkative inhabitants of the tea room listened to the waltz and were silent. My friend and I broke the cake in half, and now both rejoice at home. Good! Thanks for the opportunity to try such teas!