A very thick and hard brick of tea; this is truly a diamond cutter. The leaves give off an aroma of grape seed, oat, granola, some fig, as well as some other dark heavy fruits. I break off a piece and take in the aroma of heavy wood. I warmed up my pot and placed the chunk inside. The scent is pushed up into thick honey aroma along with some grape jam. The brick carries signs of some age, but due to compression it has some time to go. I washed the leaves once and prepared for brewing. I lift the lid after the first steep and identify the sweet and syrupy scent. The brew begins sweet yet rustic; a mild astringency lingers in the cup. I taste a lot of heaviness on the earth tones, and I suppose this what they meant when the referred to Shou in the description. The flavor moves into heavy muddled flavors. This was an odd tea. I couldn’t identify too much. I note astringent, earthy, dark wood, some fruit, and odd. The qi was very heady; I felt as though I would tip over. I thought this to be a very cloudy brew. Personally, I wouldn’t prefer this tea; however, it is a decent aged tea for the price. I could see some people enjoying this tea, but I don’t think its for me.
Flavors: Astringent, Dark Wood, Earth, Fig, Heavy, Honey, Oats, Red Fruits, Wet Earth