Dry leaves smell of prunes and something spicy
Wet, the leaves smell heavily of sweet tobacco with a spicy/fruity backnote.
1/10s: Forgot this was a sheng. Should have started at 5-7 seconds. Man, that’s good! Sweet, smoky.. this is a hard one to describe. Maybe I’m just out of practice, LOL! Perhaps, hay or straw, with some mintiness on the tongue and perhaps a note of melon in the background. Awesome huigan too! Not much astringency noted in this steep.
2/10s: Much thicker body, very sweet, great huigan. Same flavor profile, just bigger, more open. Really, really good tea. Another that makes me dread going to look for price and availability, because I know I’d happily buy a full cake or three.
3/15s: What a remarkable tea. Seems to have some nice qi building.
4/15s: Consistent flavor profile. Very relaxing qi. :) Sort of relaxed
6/??s: Got distracted by work and probably let this steep at least 5 minutes. Gave it a taste just to see if there was any bitterness or astringency if pushed too far. There is. LOL!
Cut with 80-90mL of water. Back to the usual profile, though a bit more crips in the finish. The cha qi is pretty damn strong now though. It’ll be interesting to see how I feel at the end of 300mL or so. Wow! The cha qi has my head light and slightly swimming, but my focus is on sharp!
Ok, this tea was legitimately so good that I stopped taking notes and drank like I was a true tea addict. I have to have hit at least 15 – 17 steepings and then I added a few grams of TeJi Shou pour and got a few more pots of something even more amazing in that the sweets of the previous leaves that develops in the latter steeps blending beautifully with a touch of shou. Not only that, but the cha qi just kept going! Awesome! Someone should buy this as a birthday gift for me, LOL!
Flavors: Dried Fruit, Stonefruits, Straw, Sweet