This was a nice large leaf shou from a smaller tea factory. I got a 25g sample from YS and used half in a 200ml yixing. Lighter fermentation perhaps, but I felt the need to steep this one longer than usual. I prefer a rich cup when making shou and this one took twice as long to produce a nice rich liquor than most shou. It seems to be a trend with these large leaf shou pu erhs so I’ll just chalk it up to that. Excellent flavor, smooth and sweet with some flavors of mild tobacco and wet wood balanced with some cocoa and spice overtones. With the longer steeps it started to give way after 6-7 steepings but the smooth slippery sweetness on the back of the tongue in the latter steepings was a nice treat. As of writing $28 for an 11 year old shou is a pretty good price. I’ll likely be adding this one to the collection in a later order.
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 12 g 7 OZ / 200 ML