Adventures in pu-erh part sheng.
I bought this a while ago in a 50g packet (not a brick). The tea in the packet has an interesting smell I can only describe as “sour tree.”
I put about 2.7g into the gaiwan, rinsed with boiling water and let sit for 15+ minutes.
Then I steeped at boiling for: 5/5/7/7/10/10/20/30/40/60
The color, for the most part, was a medium gold and clear, though it darkened a little with later steeps.
The aroma and flavor were difficult for me to describe. As with a prior sheng, I kept thinking about linen and cloth. Flax, I guess. Maybe flax seed? Or some other sort of seed. Sunflower?
There’s a little bit of leatheriness, but not in the same way as with shu.
The first steep was surprisingly sweet as well as sour. In subsequent steeps, the sour went away (or I got used to it) and a cooling note came out. Camphor? Menthol? Eucalyptus? This topped out around steep 6.
I also got a bit of fruitiness that reminded me of the last sheng in the early steeps. Pineapple maybe.
Later steeps had a notes of tree sap/resin.
I found it surprisingly similar to the Norbu I had last week, the bamboo one. But without the bamboo. Rating it the same.
Flavors: Leather, Pineapple, Rainforest, Resin, Sap