This is a tasty and interesting aged tea. It has not developed any particularly unpleasant flavors through its storage. The best way I can describe the flavor of this tea is burnt honey or sugar without the sweetness of honey or sugar. It has a somewhat raw aged taste initially. This flavor slowly turned into something more plesant. I really don’t know how to accurately describe this tea as it is the first true aged sheng I have drank. In color it looks like a shou to be honest but it definitely tastes like an aged sheng. It had none of the bitterness of a young aged sheng while in effect having its own sort of bitterness, does that make any sense. This was a tea I had little in the expectations for as I only paid something like $25 for 250g, cheap. This was definitely worth the price. I enjoyed it a lot. I can’t tell you how it compares to other 1990s sheng because I haven’t drank them. For the price involved I recommend this tea.
I steeped this tea ten times in a 150ml gaiwan with 10g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and let the leaves rest about ten minutes. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min.