Overall this was a nice tea. It had developed a strong taste in the beginning, but not tobacco and leather, more smooth. I could tell that those flavors were trying to break through though. There was a fair amount of astringency for the first four or five steeps. It did develop something of a sweet note to it. Or at least the total absence of bitterness. There had been some bitterness early on mind you. I am not sure what to call that sweet note it developed. Other reviewers have called it citrusy, but I didn’t really notice citrus notes. It’s not an impossible interpretation mind you. I just didn’t firmly identify the sweet note. When I say sweet note I mean in the way sheng is sweet, not in the way sugar is sweet. When we refer to sheng having sweet notes we are not meaning sugar generally, except some may have that taste. Overall this was a very nice tea. It is in my opinion just on the verge of aging into something else. In five years it won’t be recognizable.
I steeped this twelve times in a 130ml Yixing Teapot with 8.2g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min. I could have gotten a few more steeps out of the leaves. They weren’t done yet.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Sweet