I still have a couple of samples from derk to go through, this being one of them. I am anything but an expert on Xiaguan productions, but this one strikes me as a really nice semi-aged tea. It is tasty and offers a very good value, especially considering the fact that I easily got 200 ml/g out of it today.
The aroma is mostly in the vicinity of sandalwood, moss and nutmeg, and not very pungent overall. The taste is also somewhat light, but very well balanced. It is woody, sweet, and sour with a touch of bitterness. The general character is quite resinous with additional flavours of must, baked bread and moss. The aftertaste still retains some residual woody bitterness, but it’s mostly sweet and spicy all in all.
Liquor is very clear and of darker orange colour. It has a medium body on the thinner side, but with a mouth-watering effect. I also noticed a fairly strong warming sensation for a tea in this price category. On top of that, I felt that the effect the tea had on my mind was fairly clarity-inducing.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Bitter, Moss, Musty, Nutmeg, Resin, Sour, Spicy, Sweet, Wood