This is my favorite “best value” sheng from Tea-Side.
It’s a middle ground between the reallt aged 90’s raws, and the seemingly less humid stored 0802-
at first I thought it might be traditionally stored puer..
It’s more aged and the taste is more blurred, but in a fun way- it’s still complex, and the taste is strong.
Like most TS aged gushu- Plum notes with plenty of steeps and good qi.
Sweet woody dry smell. Wet leaf is very organic, mushrooms, clean.
1. Clear orange liquor. Thick, dark orange. Very slight rose incense
2. Slight resemblance to Biyun Hao older teas from 04-05. Thick.
3. Dark, twisted hearty leathery leaves.
4. Reminds me of the 2001 green sun. Not smoky. Blank arrival, thick but not much oomph.
5. Good taste and aroma. Reminds me of the 01 2nd batch One Leaf.
6. Thick. Gentle, aromatic and herbal.
7. Longer steeps give more oily texture, more active, very good. Deep heat in the bottom of the stomach.
This is cleanly aged natural storage with old-fashioned good material and processing. Hearty leaves, tight twisting of leaves.
Feeling of depth and warmth, not smoky, not spicy, but oily, thick, herbal.
Aroma of heated leaves: raisins, oak barrel, calvados. The infusion, from the first steeps, is clean and transparent. Dark, thick. I drink and the brain is feverishly alternating aftertaste mosaic algorithms. I haven't drunk old Thais for ages. Very interesting aftertaste, purity, contrast. From the first steep, this Sheng tightly enveloped me in sweetness. Ironically, the body of the tea is very light, delicate. Association: Yang Qing Hao and old Shen with Nan No. The main thing about this sheng is the aftertaste. Vanilla and sweet French cognac are replaced by the astringency of the walnut. Light Cha Qi energy and flash tranquility. Interesting Sheng. I recommend it!)
Very pleasant aged sheng, with a slight residual astringency in taste. Sweet, full-bodied, with a vivid taste, in which are apple puree, old books, and light coniferous spices. It's very clearly reminded me of the Xiaguan tou cha “Back Horse”, only the Xiaguan is easier-simpler.
Around steep five the stone fruit came on strong and so did the sweating and feeling of euphoria. Not the tea-drunk down and dirty euphoria of a good Shou but a Sheng-high, lighter, full of breezes, a slight shivering down the back. It's been a year since I got samples from Tea side, maybe it is time to get some more and order a whole cake of this very drinkable 2004 at the same time. My husband even liked it and was amazed at the difference in flavors he got out of trying multiple steeps! That's a first for him in regard to his willingness to try something and then come back for more.
SO very good!