1570 Tasting Notes
Backlogging from trying it at the shop. As compared to the Supreme Yunnan (12 year old), this one has a deeper, richer, darker flavor profile. Not necessarily better, as I like them both. The Supreme Yunnan seemed to keep its flavor and strength, consistently, through more infusions. The Royal had a lot of “oomf,” in the first few, which weakened, significantly, though not entirely, by the fifth steeping.
Pretty mediocre, just as Herman at Vital Leaf said. It’s lacking in any real flavor, and it has a bite of a really young shou. Gimmicky is a good word, but I was warned, ahead of time, and I wanted to try it anyway.
The flavors are almost sheng-like, which is not impressive in a shou. The tangerine notes are subtle and not terrible, as an addition, at least.