Just wanted to note that this tea grew a lot on me and in fact makes me want to try more sheng pu-erhs. It took me some time to come to terms with the world of difference between sheng and shou pue-erhs.
I love the bitterness it brings, it’s definitely very unique to me in terms of taste, it’s different from shou bitterness as well as oolong or blacks bitterness.
I steeped the tuo cha in the thermos today and was pleasantly surprised to find lots of citrus flavor on the second steep. It compares well with Darjeeling grapefruit flavor but beats it due to aforementioned particular bitterness. Maybe it was due to higher overall steeping temperature due to metal sides, but I never got that flavor from gaiwan or glass pot from this tea.