Just an all-around enjoyable tea, really. Not necessarily a whole lot of complexity here: predominant notes of lighter fruit (like another reviewer, I’m really not sure what, precisely), backed by some mild sweetness and a little bit of Bulang-esque bitterness that comes out more on the later steeps. Some hints of darker undertones start to emerge a bit later in the session, but they’re kind of fleeting and the tea doesn’t change all that much. It’s solidly durable, though; I don’t count my steeps, generally, but the number’s in the mid-high range. The liquor’s reasonably thick, though not outstandingly so, and the throat pooling effect is definitely there.
There’s a definite tea-drunk effect on this one, but it’s not as immediate as some; it’s more of a gradual muzziness that creeps up on you almost unnoticed, until, around the fifth or sixth steep, you stand up and realize that everything’s more than a little muzzy. This is more relaxing than I remember from some of my earlier sessions, where my recollections are of something higher octane. It’s possible that this has evolved a bit over the year-and-a-half I’ve had it, but it’s hard to say.
On the whole, this is a very good tea that’s just outside the top tier for me. It has very few recognizable flaws, but it also lacks the oomph to push it over that threshold; it’s a near thing, though, and in many ways, this is a more immediately enjoyable tea than some of those higher echelon ones. I’ve not had subsequent productions, but if they’re comparable to this, I’d definitely consider them.