Having tried both the 2013 and 2018 versions of this tea, I think I can say that it’s not my favourite shou profile. I do prefer the 2018 one, although that may be affected by the fact that the sample of 2013 vintage I received was from the tightly compressed part.

I did find the aromas of Hui Run quite interesting with notes like petrichor, cognac, cloves, fireplace, blackberry and camphor among the ones I picked up. The liquor itself has a somewhat medicinal smell, which is then present in the aftertaste too. The taste is nutty and slightly bitter. It reminds me of red wine and fresh parsley at times. The first time I had this sample, I found it a bit fishy, but not today.

The aftertaste seems to be limited to throat over mouth. It is very long, sweet and constrictive. The tea has a nice colloidal/milky mouthfeel that is coating once cooled down. In terms of cha qi, I didn’t notice anything other than a caffeine effect.

Flavors: Alcohol, Bitter, Blackberry, Camphor, Cloves, Fireplace, Fishy, Medicinal, Nutty, Parsley, Petrichor, Red Wine, Sweet

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 2 OZ / 50 ML

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