I think I am in danger as I really enjoyed this introduction to Sheng. I loved the mix of exotic woods, spice, fruit, floral notes, leather, honey, vegetal notes and cream. I also loved the warming sensation it produced in my body. Can see why people can get addicted to this style of tea. It was also really long lasting I ended up getting 27 steeps out of one tuocha steeped in a 140 ml gaiwan. Thanks so much to TeaVivre for the chance to sample this tea. It has definitely left me with a desire to sample more.
I used short steeps and near boiling water for this tea.
5s: slightly darker broth than my average green tea.
Sweet, straw like nnotes, honey, cocoa, cotton flower in the scent with flavours of cotton flower, straw, honey, cocoa, hint of ffruit, plum, and a touch of artichoke and leather. The tea had a creamy buttery texture and produced a slight tingling on the underside of the tongue.
7s deeper gold colour. With regards to the scent and taste, the leather note is stronger, with hints of aged cedar mixed with sandalwood, honey, floral notes and cocoa.
There are some vegetal green tea notes, with spinach, artichoke and spice, hint of frackensence. Plum. Creamyspicy woody, honeyed floral taste overlying some bitterness
9s frackensence, cedar, plum, floral notes, aged spicy woods, honey.
Cream, artichoke with spinach, exotic wood and spices, some honey, over some bitter tones. It presents a warming sensation in my body.
11s similar to above but a little sweeter and fruitier smelling.
Cream, spinach and artichoke frakinsence, aged cedar, allspice, honey, leather,plum, aftertaste of spice. Warming in the body, cooling in the mouth.
15s. Spice, plum, hint of spicy floral.
Cream, exotic woods and spices, indistinct savoury veg, hint of leather,
20s. Floral mixed with woody notes_ plum and artichoke.
Similar to above still spicy exotic woods, veg,plum, and honey over bitter notes, a little more drying in the mouth.
23s. Spice, cotton flower, plum, brighter than last steeps.
Even blending of above flavours exotic spices devolving into a spicy floral note cream, fruit. Gardenia.
26s similar to above but slightly more bitter and spicy floral notes are slightly biting.
30s tart intro to scent mix.
Cream honey ,veg note, gardenia, plum and a touch of exotic woods.
34s More honey and plum, bitter veg tone and gardenia mixed with exotic woods.
40s bright spice over letter, woods and greens, smell a little of perfume.
Frakinsence, cream, aged cedar, artichoke, plum.
46s. Cream, plum than other notes in succession.
54s. Plum, cream, woody notes, spice. Honey
62s same as above with some floral notes. Honey move forward with cream.
70s Much more intensely sweet with hints of licorice to the honey, plum, spice. A mild woody dryness and lots of warmth and heat produced in the. Front of the mouth yielding to a cooling.
80s similar to above but slightly creamier.
90s slightly stronger cedar, and spice notes, very warming.
110s spicy exhautic woods, salt, cream, some savoury notes.
120s. above mixed with bitter sweet greens
130s honey, spice, greens, cream.
140 s similar but a little weak.
160 s same.
180s. Licorice woody notes, spice, plum
3.30min plum, woody notes, licorice, spice.
4 min softer version of notes above.
5 min creamy soft with licorice appearing with spice and honey.
6 min. Honey, cream, sweet cooked greens, faint hint of spice.
Thanks again I really enjoyed it!