This beautiful tea consists only of pure young buds. Due to the harvesting challenges and specifics of wet-pilling, this tea is considered an 'Imperial' grade and of high quality. This is the smallest leaf grade used for pu'er production, which makes this tea very different from big-leaf representatives. Gong Ting is famous for its thick and deep taste. Skilfully processed and stored in the natural storage environment, this tea has gained a nice, sweet, and thick taste with diverse interesting notes.
The dry tea smells sweet and clean with notes of caramel and bread. After keeping this tea in a warmed-up teapot, the aroma develops into notes of a bakery with hints of dough and cinnamon. After rising, this tea starts to shine and develops an amazingly sweet aroma with notes of dates, vanilla, pudding, baked sunflower seeds, and coffee. The colour of the infusion is black with dark amber tones. The taste is thick and smooth, with a silky texture and nuances of sweet hot chocolate, milky, and coffee. Deep taste with a clean and sweet aftertaste. This tea has calm energy but is more powerful compared with big-leaf pu'er.
This one is organic, which makes it very special compared with other Gong Ting teas I've tried during my long journey. I hope this tea will help you to understand the difference between different pu'er teas made from different grades. When properly stored, it becomes better with time and develops into even more tender and gentle tea.