This is one of the weakest teas I’ve ever gotten from YS and honestly I would think they should not be selling it at this price. However, it seems that I am fairly isolated in this assessment, which means it’s good that they indeed sell it – there clearly is demand for it.
The tea is old, but doesn’t seem all that much aged. Its taste is not very well-defined and quite flat, the aftertaste is short and dry. Although the mouthfeel has a decent bubbly nature, the medium to light body also drags the experience down below average. Moreover, the tea is not very infusable, I am finding it hard to get much more than 100ml/g out of it.
Now, the aroma does have some interesting notes to it, mostly raisins, bog, sweet wood, but also some flowers and butter scones. The taste is sour, metallic with a nutty, herbal, and spicy character and an underlying floral sweetness. There are flavours such as those of dried fruits, ginger, and orange bell peppers (bell peppers seem like a really common note among huang pian shengs).
All in all, I can’t recommend the tea, especially at this price.
Flavors: Bell Pepper, Butter, Dried Fruit, Floral, Flowers, Ginger, Herbs, Metallic, Nutty, Raisins, Sour, Sweet, Wood