Dry leaves smell of sweet vegetal almost pondy/fishiness.
The first infusion has a watery bitter flat taste with some vegetal and subtle creaminess underneath. It has a flat metallic finish almost sweet melon in the aftertaste. The mouthcoating is silky and very soft but full in the mouth.
The second infusion has a woody soft bitter and sweet creamy vegetal taste up front. The woody bitterness has a mild gripping while the sweet creamy vegetal almost melon taste is soft and soothing. There is an apparent balance of strength and softness apparent in this subtly. The mouthfeeling and throatfeeling are really nice thick simulating silky soft and deeper in the throat with a long faint cooling and melon sweet returning. Shoulder releasing Qi. Strong clear body effect. The bitterness is such that it is long and you can taste it in the mouth minutes later. Relaxing almost sedating mind.
The third has a bitter woody almost coco and sort of tart cherry onset that carries a silky full mouthfeeling and a deep cooling throat sensation. There is a soft gripping feeling in the mouth. A creamy woody mainly bitter almost melon. There is a real strong spacy-ness to the Qi as well as a shoulder and neck releasing disjoining feeling bodyfeel. This bodyfeeling is strong, a tension buster in the muscles. Strong Qi. This is a strong puerh through and through. The bitterness and slight sweet balance, storage, and age remind me a lot of the 2001 Huang Yin from Teas We Like I grandpa steeped yesterday. This puerh is much much more complex than this and has a much different Qi profile and mouthfeeling. There is something similar though in its taste a bit.
The fourth has a tart berry/cherry onset with a bitter woody depth. There is a silky, full, gripping mouthfeeling with a deep cooling throatfeeling. There is a creamy almost melon and bitter aftertaste. The softness of the creamy melon taste is opposed to the bitter. The Qi is really big and pushes one into a stoned state with strong upperbody release and floating shoulders to the ears feeling. Spacy but intense Qi. The bitterness really simulates the throat to salivate. So powerful.
The fifth infusion is cooled down now and tastes of maple woody, moderate long bitterness, with a barely bready sweetness and deep cool throat. Silky silty smooth mouthfeeling. Deeply spacy Qi.
The sixth infusion has a watery vegetal almost creamy sweetness with a more mild bitterness now. The bitterness is still long. The creamy sweetness is a bit more here, it is fluffy and chalky in the mouth now that the bitterness has receded. Spacy Qi.
7th has a tangy fruity onset with an expanding bitterness and wood. There is still deep pungent tastes and a returning fruity subtle bitter taste. Deeply relaxing now. Not as full thin silty mouthfeeling.
8th infusion has a tangy fruity woody sweetness with a moderate creamy retuning sweetness that comes with deep pungent throat.
9th has a woody almost incense bitter not that sweet presentation. Bland vegetal woody aftertaste. This puerh has flattened out here.
10th a fruity faint papery faint taste begins with a faint background bitterness that finishes sandy thin fine flat in the mouth. The deep throat sensation of cool is less now and the aftertaste is very faint ghostly fruits.
11th is a longer 30 second steep and pushes out a bitter woody tart almost-not –really fruity sweetness. There is a chalky aged vegetal finish. Qi is mainly relaxing here.
12th is a minute long steeping and pushes out tart cherry bitterness with layers of dry woody and faint cool deep throat sensations. The bitterness dominates here and is very long in the mouth. This is overall a strong bitter Qi heavy puerh.
I mug steep it out…
Overall, this is a really powerful puerh with very good powerful and unique bodyfeeling of upper body tension release in the muscles. While the Qi sensation in the mind is equally powerful and pushes you into an immediate stoned state. The taste is super interesting too with a dance of subtle gentle sweet notes that slowly get overtaken by the strong bitter profile but by the time they do you are completely entranced by the stoner Qi that you strangely embrace the power. I like this a lot. It is definitely more brilliant than the early reviews suggests as many of these compare it to Dayi. This is only Dayi in its bitterness that’s it. It’s much more than Dayi. Definitely the strongest Qi of all the Wistaria puerh I sampled in the group. The downfall is both its weaker throatfeeling and not so great stamina.
How does this compare to older puerh styles…. This one has a Qi that I think would be typical or valued in older style puerh and it also has the bitter backbone as well. In this way, this puerh could be considered comparable to older style puerh, I think.