This is in my opinion a tea one the brink of becoming an aged tea. It has not yet truly become what you can call aged. I, however, has lost that young sheng sweetness. This is not to say there were no sweet notes, just not as pronounced as a young sheng. It was strong and fairly smooth with only a little bitterness in the initial steeps. There is definitely a potent qi to this tea as I am feeling it now, quite energizing. There is one main note to this tea, unfortunately I am unsure how to describe it. It has a strong aftertaste and a potent mouthfeel to it. I will be interesting to see what this ages into.

I steeped this tea eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 8g leaf and 190 degree water. I gave it a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, and 30 sec. The tea was nowhere near finished. It is supposed to be ancient tree. I’m sure I could get another four or five steeps out of it. Not sure it would go twenty but maybe. This tea deserves a high rating in my book on the qi I am feeling alone. The taste was good but I’m not sure that everyone would like that one main note.

190 °F / 87 °C 8 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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I am Allan. I live and work in Long Island, New York. I have been amassing a tea collection for nearly two years and have spent way too much money. I now try to buy mostly Puerh as I like it most and it lasts nearly forever. Black tea has a habit of going bad. If anyone is interested in tea swaps I am open to ideas and have quite a cupboard.


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