Another shou, and another from Dark Matter 2016! I’m nearly there with these, I think – just two more to go! This is basically your typical fermented, earthy, slightly muddy shou. The scent is a little fishy, although that thankfully doesn’t translate into the flavour. It’s gone after a few steeps, anyway. There’s a fairly prominent leather flavour throughout, plus a sweetness that’s reminiscent of pipe tobacco. Later steeps have a light fruitiness, in the way of prunes, dates, or other sticky dried fruits. It’s perfectly smooth and a little creamy, with absolutely no bitterness or astringency. As shou goes, this is a good one! It’s maybe not super remarkable, but the flavours are ones I like and I’d happily drink this again. It would make a pretty good introduction, for those who are uncertain.