I’m not sure how to describe it-woodsy seems to fit. This is my first Sheng, and I’d say I’m off to a good start. Hot or cold, it’s quite delicious.
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Aroma: Incredibly complex. The closest description is that of smoldering eucalyptus wood after light rain in an ancient cedar forest, punctuated by notes of wild berries.
Taste: Unexpectedly sweet like a crisp apple salad with jicama root. The texture is reminiscent of flaky pastry, and the dark sweetness of the aftertaste evokes lychee. As the tea begins to open in later steepings, a strong cooling eucalyptus sensation plays on the tongue with candied orange rind and green papaya. There are vegetal notes of delicate watercress.
In late steepings an incredibly heady sandalwood incense flavor rises on the palate like vapor, combining with the creamy sweetness of jasmine. A sparkling texture builds up on the sides of the tongue along with a cooling cedar flavor in the chest. The sparkling continues to grow and mix with the cooling sensations until it is vaporous like fine gin with heavy juniper berry notes.
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I’m kinda on a Sheng binge, and I knew I had to visit this one. I opened up the packed and revealed a large loose cake. The leaves are a deep dark green, so they almost look black. I can spot small golden strands throughout the bing. This cake carried a wet wood aroma. I placed it inside my warmed yixing and turned it over. The scent was amazing. This had aged incredibly well. My pot was enveloped with deep earthy and fungal tones. The cake was so loose it almost fell apart into maocha once it was heated. I then washed the leaves with some warmed water and began brewing. The liquor was a dark brass and had the same earthy aroma. The taste of this brew was incredibly smooth. The initial sip consisted of soil and wet moss with a dark fruit sweetness and mineral undertones. This was a rather long tea session. I actually had a couple people come in and out in mid session. The tea kept up for many brews. It became a hearty bitterness around the sixth brew, but this flavor did not keep for long. I was able to get over 16 steepings, and it still was earthy and sweet. I really liked this brew, and I even forget that it was aged before I steeped it. I am surprised every time by how aged sheng tastes, since I am so used to young sheng.
Flavors: Red Fruits, Smoke, Sweet, Wet Earth, Wet Moss
I definitely got aged fruity flavor but only the cusp I believe this tea will be a lot better in the near future and if I am not mistaken white2tea carried this cake recently which is always a good sign. There was a nice scent still slight yiwu with a mild aged fruity smell and it being middle aged still had some bitterness. My issue was this tea was terrible thin and not texture at all. My aged tea benchmark is White Whale and personally I prefer white whale, which is thicker better longevity and more energy. This tea gave me a relaxed tea drunk but didn’t knock me on my ass thankfully as I have work to do tonight still.
In conclusion I don’t think it was worth the price I paid for the sample but my aged tuition tea bill is a lot small than other categories.
Flavors: Fruity, Red Fruits
Brewed up some of this for the first time yesterday! :D A good friend of mine (and the first local friend I’ve been able to find that also really likes ‘fine’ teas!) was round, so I decided to finally break a bit of the cake off! It’s lovely and compressed, so it was easy enough to break off a little 4/5g piece to brew up (in my beloved Verdant Gaiwan).
It was really delicious :D I think we probably got through six or seven steepings over a few rounds of Magic the Gathering (which, I confess, I lost most of… I think it finished 6-3 or 6-4 overall…). Still, this was a lovely tea to share with a good friend :D I’ll brew it up again, at some point in the future, and focus on it more (and maybe take some notes, etc.), but I certainly do remember it having a surprisingly buttery flavour. It was a really ‘smooth’ sheng puerh, compared to others I’ve had – definitely not when compared with a shu puerh or a smooth white tea, but far more so than other sheng puerhs that I’ve tried. It was also a little sweeter, too, which was really interesting! :D
Flavors: Butter, Sweet
The wet leaves smell pretty freakin’ super. Fruity, smokey (very slight). A bit of leather maybe? Really good aromas!
This is so smooth. Been using that word a lot lately, but I’ve also been drinking teas that are a bit older. I hope I’m this smooth in 10 years!
I’m enjoying this in my tea nook with my TeaFFs on a cold Sunday AM. Bummed about going back to work tomorrow, but stoked that I am off Thursday and Friday next week! I’m almost done with 100 squares on my knit blanket and all the pups are snuggled on the bed with me. Abby is snoring!
So maybe I’m just in a really good mood, but yeah. This tea is super. It’s been aged well and just has a bit o’astringency on the end. Happy tea. Of happiness!