Year of the Rooster is a fairly standard sheng, but a very good one at that. The aromas and flavours are strong and it is quite energizing too. The leaves smell vegetal and peppery when dry and display some spinach, green beans and mineral fragrance once wet. The taste is quite bitter from the get go and it has a kind of sourness I would normally associate with yancha. It is vegetal, grassy, herbal and savoury with a touch of umami. In the late steeps, it becomes sweeter with a honey note. Aftertaste shows some additional notes of butter and asparagus. In terms of the mouthfeel, this tea shines too. It has a creamy, smooth and brothy texture, and the astringency is very light, at least in the initial infusions.
I liked it enough to get a cake, so I will be watching its progression. As Paul mentions, it is a bold pu’er, and I am excited to see how it will change over time.
Flavors: Asparagus, Bitter, Broth, Butter, Creamy, Earth, Grass, Green Beans, Herbs, Honey, Pepper, Pleasantly Sour, Smooth, Spinach, Umami, Vegetal, Wet Rocks