Wow, this is the first aged raw sheng I’ve tried that came anywhere close to the taste of a shou—except this is far better than any shou! It has all the lovely aged earthy notes to it that I enjoy. Soil, leaves, tobacco, leather, and a vegetal sweetness all swirl together in balance while there is no gross compost/fishy smell like with many shous. The liquor is thick, dark red, and coats the mouth and throat. There’s a very very slight bitterness at the end of each sip, perhaps nodding to what this tea tasted like prior to being stored.

Flavors: Earth, Leather, Smoke, Tobacco, Vegetal, Wet Earth, Wood

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 25 g 16 OZ / 460 ML

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70 to 84 | Delicious teas that are worth the price, albeit more common in quality and flavour. Still very good teas.

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Under 60 | Just no…


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