From the Sheng and Shou TTB.
Went looking for this sample to see if it had that lapsang-like smoke I detected in the 2003 Xiaguan ripe I received in this month’s White2Tea club.
The leaf smells like pine smoke/tobacco, similar to a Lapsang crossed with the smoke I usually associate with sheng, but not as strong. Definitely had young sheng bitterness in the early steeps, and that lingered throughout. The later steeps were a little buttery and then finally sweet…it took awhile to get sweet. I definitely had an energy boost from this tea! Pretty good, but not remarkable. I like the ripe one better. ;)