I was curious about this tea, for I have varied experiences with Jincha. The dry leaf is heavily dark with brilliant gold spotting. I take in an unusual fungal with fish under-toned scent. This aroma kinda reminded of freshwater lakes. I also note strong ripe fruit scent in the background. I warmed up my gaiwan and prepared for brewing. The scent deepens to a very distinct “oaty” with dense wet wood scent. I washed the leaves once and prepared for brewing. The taste begins dry along with a good bite. The dryness comes from prominent leather toes and wood tastes. A mild sweetness lulls the throat in the aftertaste. This tea is fairly decent with a lot of transitioning flavors. The brew becomes a lot more smooth with some light sweetness that follows the dryness. The tea is still cloudy and will be needing more time to situate itself. The aftertaste becomes nice and long and sweet. This is a very typical and clique Mengahi Shou, and it would make for a pretty solid daily drinker. The qi is warming and percolating in the head and back of my neck. I like this.
Flavors: Drying, Earth, Fishy, Leather, Oats, Sweet, Wood