Last one of the aged dong ding series. Here, I like the aroma more than the taste. It is a comforting tea with an interesting finish and aftertaste. Its mouthfeel is mineral and a little numbing, but not that remarkable in the end.
The smell of dry leaves in a preheated gaiwan is just so deep and dark. I love it! Main notes are those of prunes, soil and gingerbread. Wet leaves have an even more beatiful aroma overall. There are hints of white grapes, roots, brownies, decaying wood, cranberries, and cannabis.
The taste is very woody with flavours of hazelnuts, roasted garlic as well as some of the spicier ripened cheeses. It can actually get reasonably bitter and the finish is a little sour too. It transitions into a biting and warming aftertaste with a fireplace character and a lasting spiciness in the throat.
Flavors: Cannabis, Cookie, Cranberry, Dark Bittersweet, Decayed Wood, Earth, Fireplace, Hazelnut, Mineral, Prune, Umami, White Grapes, Wood