This is a nice semi aged tea. Thank you to the good tea friend who so generously gave me this sample. I was not in time to Wilson’s site to buy this. This is a nice smooth semi aged tea. There were little in the way of storage flavors in general. There were hints of leather and tobacco but not much. In it’s own way this developed a form of a sweet note. Not the sweet note of a young sheng, but the smoothness that comes when a tea is well aged. I am not sure what to call the predominant note of this tea. As to if this is real LBZ I don’t know. I do wish it was still for sale because if it was I would buy one. As to the theory that this tastes like old books, I don’t know. What do old books taste like. I don’t really know if I would use that phrase. I do know I got no wet storage flavors out of this despite that I think it was stored in Malaysia. There were little at all in the way of storage flavors interfering with the taste of this one.
I steeped this sixteen times in a 50ml gaiwan with 4.3g 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 stopped at sixteen because I figured it was enough caffeine for one day. I am also beginning to discover that I like young sheng better than semi aged sheng. This was one of the best semi aged sheng I have drank but I still prefer the 2014 tea I had yesterday if truth be told. I guess I just like young sheng better than semi aged sheng. I am not sure I have ever tasted a truly aged sheng, something more than 30 years old. The oldest I can recall was a 1999 from Yangqinghao. That was an excellent tea but even that probably doesn’t truly qualify as aged sheng. I would say to qualify as aged sheng in my book the tea needs to be at least 30 years old. Anything less is semi aged. Still this was one of the best semi aged sheng I have drank and I wish he had more for sale.