This was the best shou that I’ve had in a long time. I drank it grandpa style over the coarse of multiple work days because it was taking forever to brew out and I was enjoying it so much that I just didn’t want to toss the leaves before they’d given up all their flavour.
It was incredibly robust and full bodied with very, very dense and heavy notes of forest undergrowth and wet, rain soaked earth. At the same time as it channeled these strong forest flavours and camphorous notes it was also quite savory and brothy. My manager caught a whiff of it at one point and said it smelled so incredibly mushroomy to him in the best sort of way. Mushroom is always a very tricky flavour for me to identify because I’m allergic to it, but with how much umami was packed into this cup and what I know of mushrooms I would say the comparison makes perfect sense.
Anyway, it was just a fucking brilliant tasting shou!
Tea Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/CgP-NpROgXL/ (The fifth pic)
This was taken as it was finally beginning to totally brew out, so it’s not as thick and oily looking at it once was. Initially this was almost a pitch black looking brew.
Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uzjb2IOSC4