Wow, this is the first aged raw sheng I’ve tried that came anywhere close to the taste of a shou—except this is far better than any shou! It has all the lovely aged earthy notes to it that I enjoy. Soil, leaves, tobacco, leather, and a vegetal sweetness all swirl together in balance while there is no gross compost/fishy smell like with many shous. The liquor is thick, dark red, and coats the mouth and throat. There’s a very very slight bitterness at the end of each sip, perhaps nodding to what this tea tasted like prior to being stored.
Flavors: Earth, Leather, Smoke, Tobacco, Vegetal, Wet Earth, Wood