Bought an ounce of this tea from the store while I was there last week. The leaves look for all the world like shou puerh. I have never seen sheng leaves that look like this. These leaves look fermented. My initial thought is that she was sold an aged shou puerh and her source told her it was an aged sheng. If it was a shou puerh it has cleared completely. I will attach the Instagram photos so others can give their opinions about this tea. She only sells it in store and not on her website. Also, I don’t doubt that 99% of her customers have a lot less experience with puerh than I do. This tastes for all the world to me like an aged ripe. It just doesn’t taste like a sheng to me. In the end I just don’t know. As to the tea itself. There was no fermentation taste to this so I suppose she could be right. It was fairly bitter throughout most of the eight steeps I gave it. In color I couldn’t tell if it was an aged sheng or an aged shou. Whatever it is it just isn’t that good.
I steeped this eight times in a 120ml gaiwan with 7g leaf and boiling 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.