I’m super stoked that I’m the first to review!
I got this as my gift in the White2Tea Black Friday sale; because, I have no self control, haha. I’m so glad I got this freebie. First off, it’s really pretty and unique. I love how it looks, and it has a light yet sharp pipe tobacco scent. The “leaves” are incredibly compressed and require some heavy picking. I try my best to not obliterate the tuo into dust, but Pu happens. I break a chunk and fit it into the warmed Jianshui and give it a shake. The warmed leaf smells fantastic. The scent reminds me of that classic tobacco in a tin can that feels soft like moss. I can’t remember the name; it sounds like shag or something. It smells so freaking good! The tea carries that note, and it is lifted with some potent dark fruits. I washed the leaves once and prepared for brewing. The steeped leaves become heavier with notes of mahogany, leather, resin, and a sweet woody tobacco. The brew is a thick dark orange. The taste begins as a sugarcane sweet, and it moves into soft oak tones. The session progresses into a smooth dry brew with a sweet aftertaste. The later steeps become slightly astringent and thicker in the mouth. The brew is full bodied and rich with leather and drying mouth action. This is a fairly good tea, but the best characteristic is it’s qi. This small tuo gives some of my favorite sensations. The feeling begins as a spark ignites at heart center. This tea doesn’t have that slurred overheating feeling, but rather, it’s a pulsating electric vibration. The stimulation slowly overtakes the body and drives the spirit upwards. This brew gives you so much clean energy, it’s amazing. I love the nice clear headiness, the smooth blood flow, and the pulsating heart. I don’t experience slurred speech, sweats, heart throbs, or any other overwhelming qi. I just enjoy the intense focused atmosphere. It’s perfect to cleanse the mind.
My only complaint is due to the small broken leaves the teapot clogs very easily, but a small pick fixes that right quick. That’s my rant for this tea, and I’ll be trying my best to not drink the whole thing.
Flavors: Leather, Oak, Raisins, Red Fruits, Resin, Sugarcane, Sweet, Tobacco, Wet Wood, Wood