Just finished up this session. Needed a mental break from looking at excel for several hours, so I decided to brew up a shou since those are usually very relaxing for me. The dry leaf of this one smells so dark and earthy; very forest undergrowth vibes in a good way. It started off very petrichor and oat straw heavy in taste, but after a few steeps it’s picked up this really interesting and unique bright and tangy red fruit note that can’t help but make me think of Fruit Punch – with those same yummy wet potting soil undertones. It’s been very enjoyable, but the presence of such a distinct fruit note is making my brain do cartwheels. I think I need another session to digest all the flavours I’m getting!!