Compared to the more aged 2004 Dehong “Ye Sheng Zhuan”, this tea has a much more of the Ye Sheng character. This is especially noticeable in the woody and honey-ish aroma, but also in the herbaceous, metallic taste. There is a nice woody bitterness, tree sap sweetness and a note of wet grass, but overall the taste is fairly muted. Texture is smooth and buttery, but not overly thick. I get quite a strong numbing sensation in the mouth. All in all, the warming and defocusing effects of the tea are very strong.
Flavors: Astringent, Bark, Biting, Bitter, Herbaceous, Honey, Metallic, Sap, Sweet, Wood