The smell is little marine with a less pungent shou aroma. Actually, I noted a bit of bamboo shoot as well, but very faintly.
As for the flavour, it’s forwardly smoky, very mellow and smooth. Great balance between bitter and sweet. Hard for me to really place the flavours, though, even as it continues to develop; I’d say it’s more woodsy with light earth notes. A challenging one indeed.
Super-easy drinking. I steeped it for a full minute pretty early on and it was still fantastic with a warm, long-lingering aftertaste. Highly recommended!
Flavors: Smoke, Smooth, Wood