Finally a sipdown. It’s a really solid heavily roasted and aged da hong pao or something similar. There was a ton of broken leaf in the bottom of the bag. I dumped all of it in my gaiwan and regardless of the amount of dust, this still brewed up super smooth and sweet with dark milk chocolate, raspberry, brown sugar, and meaty roasted nut notes; some woody cassia spice smoothly integrated, background minerality that tingles the tongue like magic, cooked raspberry, peach and salty aftertaste. Instant calm. My cheeks are on fire :)
Edited to add: I simmered the leaf this morning and it’s so aromatic and so hard to describe. Brandy but darker? with raisins? vanilla? cocoa? black figs? pipe tobacco! and a trace of smoke. What an excellent send-off!
Flavors: Bitter, Brandy, Brown Sugar, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Fig, Mineral, Peach, Raisins, Raspberry, Roasted Nuts, Salty, Smoke, Smooth, Spicy, Sweet, Tangy, Tobacco, Vanilla, Wood