Two nights in a row of 2013 Chen Sheng Hao Na Ka sheng — from mrmopar 5 years ago? Hope you’re well tea friend.

Plastic baggie California storage ain’t no thing to this tea. Champ leaf. Roasted barley nose. Starts moderately date-sweet, then quickly moves astringent with the second cup. That softens with the next 8 or so steeps as cactus bitters prickle my tastebuds. Bittersweet throat. Ends gently sweet with the long steeps. The sheng that end sweet make it feel like a complete experience. Only issue is it’s a bit thin some pours.

This had been humid-stored before it landed in my cupboard. Wet, decaying wood and some rain-filled ashtray notes. Sounds notsogood, but if you know what you’re getting into, it might be a welcome flavor. This tea, both evenings, has paired well with laying down in bed :)

Flavors: Apricot, Ash, Astringent, Bitter, Bittersweet, Cactus, Cherry, Clove, Dates, Decayed Wood, Eucalyptus, Flowers, Forest Floor, Geosmin, Hay, Incense, Juicy, Roasted Barley, Smoke, Stevia, Tangy, Thin, Wet Wood

Boiling 7 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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