When I was looking for a tea to drink today, I found this mystery bag of young puerh. I have no idea what it is, having written nothing about this particular sample that I got. All I could tell is that it is rather young…
I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try it. I opened the bag… smelled it. It smelled like smoke, which is all right. A lot of young puerhs smell like smoke.
I brewed it up as I normally would, taking pictures and all. The first infusion was rather bland…. the tea wasn’t opened up yet. You could tell it’s not very good tea already, but I figured I’d give it a few more infusions before making any judgments.
Well…. there have been reviews of other young puerhs where the reviewer likened the tea to bugspray. I have never tasted bugspray before, and I have no idea what that might actually be like. However, if bugspray means “something that smells and tastes really foul”….. well, I think I found it.
It was nasty. It was bitter. It tasted odd. It left a bad aftertaste in my mouth. It was terrible. I ate a few cookies to wash out the taste of the tea, and stopped after about 3 infusions. I’m not even going to bother with the one picture that I took. Whatever.
Thankfully this is only a sample. I feel sorry for whoever bought this tea.