I can’t imagine how utterly sour, astringent and bitter this tea would’ve been several years ago.

The dry, warm, and rinsed leaf highlighted the region – beef jerky, leather, musky animal hide and tart prune. The golden-orange-brown liquor started off cloudy, smooth and mouth-filling with a fast-moving bitterness and some astringency. The sip began with tastes of subtle honey sweetness, tartness, incense, smoke, wood, floral perfume and perhaps a faint hint of butter with a meaty aftertaste. From there, the tastes lightened ever so gradually and the tartness became akin to a watered down apple cider which was also apparent in the aroma. As the flavors lessened, the liquor cleared. The bitterness grew slightly and the astringency and sourness seemed to exponentiate – tolerable with long breaks in between cups.

Luckily the interruptions were not at the hand of the sourness and astringency but were effected by the cha qi. As soon as the second steep, I could feel it growing quickly. I felt like the slowest moving grandfather clock in the world, simply existing in my own sense of time. I found myself in a slow, seated sway, a wooden ghost of some otherworld of physics. Very calm, zoned out, pulled downward (or opposite). Later I felt like an old woman, wise and very aged with warts, random sprouted hairs and at times a beard. What a trip. Backward shoulder rolls felt amazing. This transitioned into a strong pressure a few inches below my clavicle and an intense sleepiness. I had to lie down at 830 pm and fell into a narcotic trance. This was all on a full stomach. Beware drinking this tea without food.

Overall, this tea still needs plenty more aging. The leaf is surprisingly still very green with 8 years of age. I can’t say I’m drawn to the tea at this time. There are certainly highlights to its flavor profile, but I think this one needs to be stashed away and forgotten about, though lovingly checked upon like an old man living alone.

Preparation
Boiling 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
brutusK

Glad I’m not the only one who thought it was a meaty sheng, quite literally tasting like meat! I think we both had the same thought “wow this must have been AWFUL years ago”. Total agreement in everything you wrote here after that too :)

derk

I took a look at your review. Was this one not astringent for you? From what I remember of your pu recommendations, I’m surprised you rated this one so highly. Was it for the feels?

brutusK

Feels certainly helped, but that alone isn’t enough to have me LOVE a tea. This was strong for sure, but I didn’t find it too astringent. I had it again not too long ago with my brother and still thought the same

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brutusK

Glad I’m not the only one who thought it was a meaty sheng, quite literally tasting like meat! I think we both had the same thought “wow this must have been AWFUL years ago”. Total agreement in everything you wrote here after that too :)

derk

I took a look at your review. Was this one not astringent for you? From what I remember of your pu recommendations, I’m surprised you rated this one so highly. Was it for the feels?

brutusK

Feels certainly helped, but that alone isn’t enough to have me LOVE a tea. This was strong for sure, but I didn’t find it too astringent. I had it again not too long ago with my brother and still thought the same

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Always open to gifting or swapping teas. I do send international when feasible. Please follow and send a message if you see a tea in my notes or cupboard that piques your interest.

Tea became a hobby and my daily drink of choice some time late in the last decade. My introduction to loose leaf came in the form of dumpster-dived Wuyi oolong packets that somebody left upon moving out of an apartment building. From there, my palate expanded to teas from across China and the world. I used to focus more on taste and still harbor the habit, but after trying sheng puer, I tend to focus more on how a tea feels in my body. Does it complement my constitution? Does it change my mood or does it enhance my current mindstate? Flavored teas are not a favorite but I do drink them intermittently.

In terms of who I am, you could consider me a jill of all trades. Specialty is not my strength, as can be seen in the spread of my tea notes. I might have attention issues. One thing I will always love is riding a bicycle.

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