So I finally have some more tea! its been a while I am so sorry. I ordered a set of 18 different puer teas, though each is a small amount, and some have questionable herbs/flowers in them. So I went with the first flower I knew Honeysuckle. The actual tea is ripe recipe *8582* from a factory not mentioned from the seller... if anyone has any information about that let me know.
My experience with this tea started out with finding a hair in this pressed tuo cha. Is this common? I didn't mind it that much because boiling water kills pretty much all germs and hey its from 2008 anyway nothing could still be alive. Upon further examination of the tea I saw the dried honeysuckle flowers. The aroma was enough to make my mouth water. It was a mix of freshly cut flowers and kind of an earthy smell.
The first infusion lead to an extremely floral brew, I didn't even drink all of it due to it tasting like I was chewing on a flower. The second infusion however was significantly better. I could actually taste the tea! I was surprised how quickly the floral taste left, yet very happy at the same time. It left behind a darker more strong tea. The more I sipped it the more intriguing flavors I got out of it. It at first seemed to have a kind of mushroom taste to it which changed into a nuttiness which was quite nice. This was also the first ripe puer I have tasted so it was all new to me. I still prefer raw I must say. Though for the time being I am just happy to be able to try any tea I can get! I can't wait to try the other 17, after I translate them so I know whats in them.
As always feel free to contact me if you want to talk about anything.
I really need to find a better way of storing tea... right now they reside in a cardboard box. Also I have realized I actually need a gaiwan, I attempted to use this lidded cup today(the lid was bigger then the lip of the cup covering it). Lets put it this way, hot water wet all over me and the floor. So yea a gaiwan is probably and I am really interested in buying some Yixing pots. If you have any for sale let me know.