First time with this brick. I grabbed an 8g chunk for 5oz yixing clay pot.
One sniff of this beautiful purplish brown brew, and I’m transported in my grandparent’s house attic, full of old books and vintage furniture.
Yes, if I had to find one word to describe the scent, it would be “vintage”.
I have a liking for earth and leather in shou, and this one has both. Reminiscent of spongy forest soil and wet autumn leaves.
It is smooth and very sweet. I get notes of coca, with a powdery texture. The finish is minty fresh, hints of camphor that disappear in later steeps.
A nice warming feeling develops. Very “easy” shou, not overpowering and very forgiving.
Another wonderful tea from Mandala.
This was such a bargain for 250g of delectable tea!