This was one of the samples in Liquid Proust’s puerh grab bag. I didn’t look it up beforehand, so I wasn’t sure if it was a sheng or shou. Here are my notes from a couple of days ago:
This MUST be a shou. The leaves have that slightly fishy, oceany smell, which some people seem to mind a lot, but I don’t. It definitely wasn’t strong like it is in other minis I’ve tried. The cake was SO much easier to break up than the others I’ve tried from LP, so I only had to rinse it once before everything was separated nicely. After a rinse, I was ready to go.
Flavors on the first brew, at 200º and 30 seconds: sweet oaky, tangy, leather, oceany, and shou flavor…I’m not sure how to describe that yet. There’s no bitterness or astringency, even after some longer 45 second steeps at 212 º. Some people don’t like this flavor, but I kind of do. Heavens knows what that says about my taste in teas.
I’m hoping to get this flavor from an aged sheng, but mellower. Does that happen? Experience will tell I suppose.
Flavors: Leather, Oak, Ocean Air, Sweet, Tangy, Wet Wood