Finishing this, today.
I have to say, these two Xingyang sheng offerings have really changed the way I think about sheng.
I’m starting to think that I may simply have, early on, leapt into far deep of the end of the pool and tasted a lot of highly challenging sheng without realizing it didn’t have to be that way.
Which I realize maybe creates the impression that these sheng are unimpressive or unremarkable or something like that, but that’s not what I intend to say. What I intend to say is that perhaps some of the flavors I experienced in the past were less about being a challenging mature tea and more about being something undesirable that had crept in.
While recognizing that I don’t want to be one of these people who goes down the sheng rabbit hole and never comes out, I may need to do some additional exploration to learn more.