This was a fairly moderate Shou. This ripe is a perfect median for me on all grounds of the spectrum. The dry leaf is a good mix of some large and small leaf. The tea gives off a very slight fermented and earth scent, with a little dry dust in there. I placed a decent amount in my warmed gaiwan and shook it up. The warmed aroma was of earth and hot wet soil. I did get a strange earthworm tone (not bad, just peculiar). I washed the leaves once and prepared for brewing. The brew is a dark crimson and pretty clear. The taste is clean and smooth. I didn’t experience any complex tones. The drink was consistently basic. This is a nice daily drinker at best. I don’t believe the Shou has developed any in the best decade; although, it may have calmed down from its younger self. I noted the classic earth, smooth, slightly sweet tones congruent with most Shou. The flavor did not develop. The liquor did last for some time; I was able to pull about ten or so steeping sessions. This was a complete neutral for me. It was a no feeling session.
Flavors: Drying, Earth, Smooth, Wet Earth