As I ran out of sheng stock by way of a rather decent mini cake (that I might have to track down and document for posterity later) and China shipping times presently tend towards infinity, I decided to make do with a local factory tea source, which I eventually found in puerthea.eu .
This sheng was their oldest offering and subsequently the most expensive per-gram item in my cart. My order was almost instantly sent out for shipment and, being local, it arrived the next day. Now I rather like smokey tobacco notes, but I draw a line if even the hong cake smells of indoor smoking. Or maybe I don’t, because yay, I can drink sheng again.
This raw beats my familiar degree of aging by a decade, and is indeed quite smooth. It is also a bit thin, making the second hand smoke one of the most forward flavour aspects. Only in the very end there is a hint of the old bitters to make you wonder whether the smoke may be part of the tea after all. I doubt it, but choose to ignore it. (And how dare you call me a sheng slut.)
Leaf is the familiar factory grade of “small and choppy”. (Although in fairness with these tuos, I may of course be the main cause of choppiness myself.) Not too punchy on caffeine. I honestly think that this kind of tea is more fun when it’s still a bit zesty; old wine needs some body. For another alcohol analogy, I don’t mean anything bad when I say it’s like going back to supermarket brand pilsener from craft beer, only to find it needs to be drank by the due date. It has that pleasant familiarity. And the second hand smoke to go with it.
Flavors: Orange Zest, Tobacco