First time sampling it I decided to just go forth and use my zishi.
I don’t use gaiwans for shou anyway.
Used my ~90 ml zishi dedicated to shou and around 6 grams of leaf.
The cake had very light compression for me. I easily broke my sample from the cake without use of a cake-tool.
Very beautiful leaves. Had a strong aroma too.
Used two quick washes after adding the leaves to my warmed up pot.
First steeping was a bit fishy and bitter but I could tell it was just waking up. The true flavors were yet to come out.
The second steeping I was getting hints of creamed wheat with a Bittersweet Malty aspect going on, still little fermented taste but nothing major.
The chaqi was very warming in the chest and stomach.
I felt alert and energized but was perfectly content sitting listening to peter tosh and sipping this delicious tea.
Can’t wait to try this with company and see what they think of the taste.
To me it’s a winner.
Perfect price, smaller sized cake, decent delivery speed minus customs in my case, and a great taste.
Flavors: Creamy, Dark Bittersweet, Earth, Malt, Wheat