I have not been doing a lot of check-ups on my ageing teas, the last time I had this one is now almost two years ago. In the meanime, it has moved into a more semi-aged territory.
The dry leaf aroma reminds me of nuts and fermented foods. In the wet leaves I found a lot of woody and other hard to specify associations. Overall, I like the smell a lot and it is quite different from what I remember previously.
The taste starts off savoury, bitter, and earhty. There are also nutty, sweet and mildly sour aspects to it, but most of the vegetal flavours are gone. I find the texture to be quite brothy and supple. The tea has a strong bitterness and is overall quite pungent around steeps 3-5. There is also an earhty sweetness of celery roots, bone broth flavour and notable astringency.
Aftertaste is also strong and expansive. There are hints of tobacco and camphor, but it is also more vegetal than the immediate taste.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Broth, Camphor, Celery, Earth, Nutty, Roots, Sour, Sweet, Tobacco, Umami, Wood