Super excited to try this, my first foray into yabao.
Warming leaf — black pepper, celery, tree fruit, figs, rhubarb jam. The leaf has far stronger notes than the soup ever finds.
Liquor is light, even with long steeps, the color of dried cornhusk. Medium mouthfeel, a little drying. Subtle. Light tree fruits, spring flower petals.
This is a refreshing and playful little thing — and interesting, though not big or showy. I can see why LP has had trouble moving these cakes — more of a curiosity than anything, probably. But — if I were looking for caffeine-free in the evenings, I might turn here instead of some gobbledygook tisane.
I probably don’t need a whole cake of the stuff, though. Looking forward to trying the 2006 yabao/sheng cake, as it seems to have had a slightly better reception.
Flavors: Black Pepper, Celery, Fig, Fruit Tree Flowers, Rhubarb, Tree Fruit