It’s been almost 2 years since my last report on this bitter shou. It has improved a little, mostly by virtue of losing its fresh fermentation character. The taste profile is thus more nuanced.
The aroma is not very pronounced, I detected hints of blackberry and myrrh there. First infusion reminds me very much of whiskey in its flavours, as well as almond shells and coffee beans. Later I also get peanuts and sour earhty notes. The aftertaste is long-lasting, cooling and quite savoury, almost herbaceous, I’d say.
First few steeps have a thick brothy texture, others are a bit less distinctive with a smooth and slightly tingling mouthfeel.
Flavors: Almond, Bitter, Blackberry, Coffee, Earthy, Herbaceous, Incense, Peanut, Sour, Thick, Whiskey