I have my doubts about this tea, about it’s age. As far as the fermentation flavor goes there was a lot of it. And it was somewhat unpleasant. It tasted more like a 2015 fermented tea. It had not cleared at all. The fermentation flavor was thick and lasted for about four or five steeps. It began to improve dramatically around the sixth steep. If you can get past the initial fermentation taste this is a good tea. A nice sweet note developed in the later steeps. I wasn’t really paying attention to the specifics to tell you about notes of chocolate but something of a fruity flavor did emerge.
I steeped this tea ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 10g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. 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.
Flavors: Earth, Sweet