Going through the samples of my recent YS order. I let this one air out for 3-4 days before trying it this morning. 12.5g in my 200ml yixing. I got this since it was one of the high end YS shou productions, but in the end I’m not a fan. That’s not to say the tea isn’t good, because it’s pretty tasty and the reviews here and on the YS site certainly bear that out, but because it has a particular flavor in it I don’t care for. I tried my hardest to pin down exactly what flavor it is and this is the best I could come up with. It comes on the back on the tongue and palate and is a sort of grainy woodsy malty raisin flavor. I’ve tasted this in other high quality shou before like Mandala’s year of the dragon 2012 and it’s just a little off putting for me. It reminds me of when I was a drinker and could not stand beer that was brewed using copper malt. Overall the tea is good, but this one flavor ruins it for me.

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 12 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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