Sticking my toe into the water of Sheng. I’m sure my score number is going to change, probably going up. Just want to get a few more under my belt so I can properly rate.
This stuff is pretty good. Took a leap of faith and ordered a whole cake on Garret’s suggestion.
I’m on infusion #11 and still getting this beautiful yellow liquor that has gotten sweeter with every steep.
There’s an underlying bitterness (more on the earlier steeps), kind of like the pith of a lemon. Not overwhelming, but provides that tannic cleanliness like in a good red wine.
Definitely getting some citrus zest too, and very very light menthol. Maybe a very light hint of smoke. Just delicious and very well balanced.
It’s just a zesty, tingly sort of thing. Really smooth. Based on this tea alone, I want to try more sheng. This is the kind of thing I can picture a Shaolin monk drinking by the side of a creek while he’s meditating.
Flavors: Camphor, Citrus Zest, Menthol, Sweat