378 Tasting Notes
Tobacco off the dry chunk; creaminess on the nose and the sip right from the get-go (I did a 30 second first steep in lieu of a rinse). Even by long-steep number three, the broth is still on the red side — no deep-dark shou blackness here. Creamy wet wood and leather; no bitter paper edge, which I’m always on the lookout for in these wet-piled babies.
Camphor and just a whiff of basement developed on the wet leaf that wasn’t coming through in the broth, so I lowered my water ratio and let steeps go longer. Showed up a little in the sip.
This is nice. Comforting. Might recommend it to folks ready to stick a toe in the shou-pond. Toes in shous, yuk yuk yuk.
Flavors: Camphor, Creamy, Leather, Tobacco, Wet Wood
Been at work for almost 96 hrs. This was a last-minute grab as I left home, and I cracked into it yesterday when I got sent to a different station and needed a liquid hug. I don’t know what it is about this maocha, but I like it. There’s a simple earthiness here that often manages to meet me where I am and makes me feel good.
Packed up to come back to my home station this morning and left the damn ziploc behind. I am quite sad about it, but know full well I’m not going to feel like going to retrieve it in the morning. It’s a shame no one will probably know what it is or enjoy it, lol. Easy come, easy go.