This poor sample has been languishing in my stash for many months, being part of the first sheng sample order I ever made. I don’t know why I didn’t get to it sooner, it just didn’t happen. Unfortunately, its reward for such a long wait was sorry indeed. The dry leaf smelled moderately promising, not having any smoke or real weirdness. Unfortunately, after a rinse, the leaf had a barnyard aroma which reminded me far too much of manure. I was only able to drink two or three steeps partially before I gave up. It was just making me a little bit queasy. The flavors weren’t too bad – some bitterness, a bit of an earthy sweetness, and a slight metallic feel.
It might have gotten better for me if I had kept going and tried a little bit longer, but I really had no desire to do so. Barnyard notes aren’t always bad to me, but this one was just way too far to the ehm…rear end…of that scale.