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So this one is a blend of sheng, crassicolumna sheng, and cypress oil. I love evergreen-y notes in tea, so this sounded lovely to me. The dry scent, though, is almost a bit chemical? It reminds me a bit of burning rubber…
By contrast, the flavor is very mellow. It tastes like a mix of an earthy Chinese green tea and maybe an aged white tea. It’s smooth, but has a noticeable mineral note to it along with a touch of earthy smoke. And then there’s a stonefruit flavor that reminds me of apricot fruit leather, albeit perhaps a bit less concentrated and certainly less sweet. Overall, I’m actually reminded of a gunpowder green tea.
I don’t get any cypress notes at all, and I have no idea what the crassicolumna would possibly taste like. Mostly it’s just a mellow and very mineral sheng. Meh.
Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Barnyard, Dried Fruit, Dry Leaves, Earthy, Hay, Mineral, Smoke, Smooth, Stonefruit, Sweet