One of the last samples I still had left from a swap with Roswell Strsange is this special black tea. As I expected when it came out, it is very much in line with my preferences. The thick, oily texture and the strong yet well-integrated bitterness are often attributes I look for in sheng, but they are rarely to be found in black tea as well. What is more, they are accompanied by a dizzying and clarifying cha qi, a kind of energy that’s not common at all. Tha main reservation I have about the tea is its price, which is unfortunately quite steep.
The aroma is sweet and mineral with notes of leather, dates and gingerbread. Taste is at once bitter, but the woody sweetness is present throughout the experience too. Apart from the strong woody notes such as tree bark, I also found the tea to showcase several medicinal, sour and honey-like notes with a touch of smoke. The aftertaste is once again bitter and woody. It induces a lon-lasting cooling and almost acidic sensation.
Flavors: Bark, Bitter, Cucumber, Dates, Honey, Leather, Medicinal, Mineral, Sour, Sweet, Thick, Vinegar, Wood