Good morning teaheads. My mind listened to my body so this morning’s tea is a shou pu’er from mrmopar (thank you!) and an old one at that.
The aroma is harmonious with the taste and feeling. Smooth with some light astringency. The body may be a little thin for my likes but I’m not entirely attentive to brewing. It gives me a deep, mushroom-brothy feeling. No thick potting soil vibes here. Good balance of medicinal tones — mellow, bitter earthiness like burdock root with whole grain sourdough, a ‘dry’ petrichor, buffalo grass, darkened leather and even older hardwood furniture. A bit of a high-pitched raspberry tone. A cool camphor comes and goes without interrupting. Little aftertaste; on one steep I got the most fleeting impression of caramel-chocolate-coffee. Last few steeps, as the flavor becomes mostly depleted, present a licorice root sweetness and are drying-catching in the throat.
A nice step into this cold morning.
Flavors: Astringent, Baked Bread, Broth, Buffalo Grass, Camphor, Dark Wood, Earth, Grain, Leather, Licorice, Medicinal, Mushrooms, Petrichor, Raspberry, Smooth