This was a very nice shou from W2T, especially at this price point! The feel of the tea in my mouth was like velvet or melted dark chocolate. The flavor went from fruit-forward to more nutty, honey, and sweet flavors. Fairly subtle flavor profile overall, but absolutely no bitterness. Astringency is mild and soothing.
Not much of an aftertaste in my opinion. I went for 12 infusions with this tea and it certainly could have gone at least a few more. The flavor was still potent at infusion 12.
I think I need to sit with this tea a few more times to really hone in on my final opinion of it, but I certainly like it. I think I like the 2016 Fade I tried from the same W2T order yesterday better. More complex and better mouthfeel to me. But this tea is still quite nice!
Edit: After reaching the end of the sample, I’ve fallen deeper in love (like?) with this tea and have purchased a whole cake :).
Dry leaf: mild, lightly malty smell.
Wet leaf: wet earth, mushrooms.
Flavors: apricot, butter, cashew, honey, sweet, peach, vanilla.
Flavors: Apricot, Butter, Cashew, Cream, Honey, Malt, Mushrooms, Peach, Sweet, Vanilla, Wet Earth