The leaves are dark brown/red with a few golden tips present. Also the leaves look small yet mostly full or at least half the leaf intact. It has a damp, earth scent with notes of wood, must and soil.
First Steep – 30 seconds
Colour is dark red with a musty and damp wood scent. Flavour is gentle with soft wood, smoke and damp earth notes. No astringency to speak of.
Second Steep – 40 seconds
The colours is now dark, similar to soy sauce. Flavour is smooth with a musty soil after taste that is gentle. A little damp tasting too.
Third Steep – 45 seconds
Flavour is still soft with damp soil, smoke, wood, musk and brown sugar notes. As it lightens towards the after taste it sweetens.
Fourth Steep – 55 seconds
Down to burnt orange in colour. This steep is more wooden and damp than musty, though the soft sweetness persists.
Fifth Steep – 1 minute
More soil in this steep though still soft and with no bitterness. Very clean and natural tasting. Slight dryness in the after taste.
Sixth Steep – 1 minute 20 seconds
Very light, all I can really taste is damp soil with a soft, sweet finish.
Seventh Steep – 2 minutes
Still consistent damp soil though no longer sweet.
Eighth Steep – 3 minutes
Softer than ever though still a faint soil flavour.
The thing that strikes me the most about this Shou is how subtle it is in flavour. The ageing has smoothed it to a nice place but personally for me this is too subtle. It has some characteristics that while still pleasant is nothing above basic.
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Flavors: Brown Sugar, Mud, Musty, Wet Earth, Wet Wood