This tea was excellent for an aged tea. It was also not for the feint of heart. This was a wet stored tea. There was a strong and ever present note of wet wood in this tea. It was present in the first steep, it was present in the sixteenth steep. I did not notice any other unpleasant storage flavors. I did not notice taste of leather and tobacco for instance. It was a very smooth tea throughout all sixteen steeps I gave it. In it’s own way it developed a sweet note of sorts. Not in any way the apricots of a young sheng though. I liked this tea. As to qi, I may be feeling a little, but it is not a tea with powerful qi like a Yangqinghao tea. It is a long lasting tea. I steeped it sixteen times. And all indications are it would have gone five or ten more steeps. However I can’t allow myself that much caffeine. I liked this tea when I do not like a lot of aged teas. I think this one fairly well aged provided you don’t mind the wet storage taste. It was not too powerful but was always present.
I steeped this tea sixteen times in a 50ml gaiwan with 4.4g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, 2 min, 2.5 min, 3 min, 3.5 min, and 4 min. I would recommend this tea for people not averse to wet storage taste. This managed to be a smooth tea despite this taste.
Flavors: Wet Wood