This was a free sample that I got from Apr Tea in exchange for a review. Within this package was two different tuochas – one was a lotus leaf one, that I’ve recorded in its own tasting note under that tea’s listing. This was just the plain shou tuocha without anything else in it, so I’m going to write the note for it here since that seems to be the default listing for the plain version?
It’s unfortunate, but I think that this may have been the worst shou that I tried in all of 2018? I tried very much to give it a fair shake, but there was this super intense/penetrating fishy/dankness to the taste and the mouthfeel was all kinds of oily. It was so, so unpleasant – I couldn’t even finish the mug. I have no idea what about this was so specifically off; but I’m not even sure what I could have done to salvage the cup.
So far the teas I’ve had from this company have either been quite nice or perfectly average: this was the first big swing and a miss…