Hey, I’m not backlogged anymore. I tried a couple of shou puerhs today. This was the first. Still trying to decide if I like it or not.
Dry leaf didn’t smell like much. I preheated the shibo, cup, and pitcher I was to use with boiling water. Followed directions on the label.
6.4g, boiling water, 7s rinse – smells earthy, menthol
10s – tastes cooling, menthol, 15s- cooling, smooth, hint of sweetness,
22s- cooling, tingly on my tongue; continued to be cooling and sweet over the next three steeps.
I took a break here – ate a grapefruit and re-heated my water.
40, 50, 60s- earthy, smooth; 2m, 4m
Overall smooth,earthy, sweet, cooling/menthol especially at the beginning. Started out pretty light in color getting darker over subsequent infusions.
This tea didn’t make me a convert, but it wasn’t a bad first impression/introduction to shou.
Flavors: Earth, Menthol, Smooth, Sweet