This aged sheng is good but it also doesn’t stand out too much. I wouldn’t buy a whole cake at this price I think. The whole experience can be summarized as comforting, maybe with the exception of the mouthfeel that’s a bit more abrasive and interesting.
The dry leaf aroma is cooling and woody with a decently strong tobacco note. After rinse, it is a very subtle earthy scent.
At 18 years old, this tea is entering adulthood, as indicated also by its dark orange liquor. It has a medium body and a very smooth, buttery, bubbly and quite numbing, astringent texture. It induces a light body-warming sensation, but overall the cha qi is relaxing and not very aggressive at all.
The taste is woody and sour with a sweet finish but feels a little muted. There are notes of grape seed, chrysanthemum, and orange peel. The aftertaste is sweet and spicy with a strong vanilla flavour.
Flavors: Earth, Flowers, Grapes, Orange Zest, Sour, Spicy, Sweet, Tobacco, Vanilla, Wood