Sharp, tropical nose on the washed leaf with a bit of smokiness as well. Reminds me a lot of the smell of dried mango slices. I let the first infusion go a little longer than usual – probably 10-15 seconds – and it is a real delight. The smokiness comes through just enough in the flavor without covering up any of the fruitiness. Incredibly delicate and complex flavor profile that I suspect has benefitted tremendously from aging. On the second infusion, I notice more classic sheng camphor and minerality come through in the flavor. The leaves take on a new, sweet, berry aroma in contrast to the sharper mango scent before. The “throat feel” of the tea is extremely smooth and warming. These camphor, mineral and berry flavors take up more space in infusions 3 and 4, after which the leaf aroma is strongly camphorous.
Remarkable, dynamic sheng pu’erh. Strongly recommend!
Flavors: Berry, Camphor, Fruity, Mango, Metallic, Mineral, Smoke