An unusual shou, but not one I would be too eager to recommend unfortunately. If you are looking for a shake up to your standard shou and like savoury notes, this is definitely a good option.

The aroma is maybe the most unique and funky. When dry, leaves exude scents of red cabbage, chestnut, and malt. After the rinse (or two), I get further notes of butter, cranberries, leather, red apples, and mead / dark honey.

The taste is sweet and savoury with a little bit sour and bitter aftertaste. There are flavours of dried fruit, yeast, bamboo, soybean, sugar, earth, and leather. The soup is generally very cloudy and the mouthfeel lighter and more airy than most shou. It does get somewhat creamy in the middle of the session and a bit chalky towards the end.

Flavors: Apple, Bamboo, Bitter, Butter, Chestnut, Cranberry, Creamy, Dried Fruit, Earth, Honey, Leather, Malt, Red Apple, Sour, Soybean, Sugar, Sweet, Vegetables, Wood, Yeast

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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