Crap…I forgot to save my note yesterday. Been wanting to attempt to drink more shou lately, so I brought a couple to work for the week. This was today’s pick, and I threw a rather huge chunk into a pretty small gaiwan, gave it a couple of rinses to help it start to open up and then proceeded with flash steeps.
Liquor was a transparent brown to start with a light flavor hinting at the deeper mushroom and earthy notes that were soon to come. Quickly darkened to an opaque, deep brown with a mushroomy earth flavor. The texture is indeed thick and smooth with a nice creaminess. Eventually the earthiness evolves into a more pronounced soil-like flavor with a hint of bitterness and a kind of mineral finish.
I am among those that feel there’s not really that much sweetness to this one (yet), but it still has a nice, appreciable flavor profile and an excellent mouthfeel. Good, easy drinking experience!
Flavors: Creamy, Dark Bittersweet, Earth, Mineral, Mushrooms, Smooth, Thick