This puer is much milder than most, making it a good choice for new puer drinkers and a poor choice for fans of puer's classic rich, dark flavor.
Adagio Masters Collection Yunnan Pu Erh Gold is a good introductory pu-erh, but it lacks the depth and body of a truly high-end pu-erh.
Yunnan Pu-erh Teas
Adagio's Yunnan Pu Erh
Gold is from Yunnan. Like many high-end puers, it's made from golden buds
and it is aged.
Adagio's description talks about how this particular puer embodies the character of puer tea
in general. There are some really gross puers out there and there are some remarkably deep, nuanced puers out there. This tea is neither of those things.
In part because of the description and in part because of my experience with puer, I expected the flavor of Yunnan Pu Erh Gold to have a lot more depth than it actually did. Instead of rich, dark puer flavors of old growth forest, leather and mushrooms, it has a woodsy, nutty flavor that's a little astringent and a little sour. There's a hint of licorice, a mellow aftertaste
and a relatively thin mouthfeel.
The second infusion is surprisingly hollow and not really worth drinking.
While Golden Pu Erh's mellow and mild flavor may not appeal to regular puer drinkers, it's probably a great "introductory puer" for black tea
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