12 Tasting Notes
This is a highly affordable silver needle with a bit more complexity than others of the genre I have tried. There’s a definite hay note to it, plus a subtle fruity sweetness that’s quite pleasant- melon, perhaps? More experienced folks could surely find more to compare it to, but in any case I found it good enough to order twice. Perhaps with some more years on it, this white could become something very special.
The cake is also quite pretty, for what it’s worth.
Flavors: Fruity, Grass, Hay, Melon
From the very first steep, Iron Forge joined the ranks of my favorite ripe pu’ers. The early infusions have a delightful smooth texture and a pleasant hot chocolate thing going, which I haven’t quite encountered in other teas. Unfortunately, this is a shou that peters out quicker than most; after four or five steeps, Iron Forge loses that special character and fades to a thin, unremarkable drink. However, when it’s good, it’s remarkably good, and it’s well worth getting at least a sample to get that experience.