True to the written description, this is a remarkably old tasting tea for a 2006. It’s starting to venture into shou territory (although without the fermentation taste, cleared or otherwise) in terms of color and flavor and is a very pleasant, calming tea. Got that nice aged thing with some storage must flavors to it, but not unpleasantly or overwhelmingly so.
Behind the storage, it is quite woody and savory, with wisps of smoke at the start and hints of dried fruit/date sweetness as the storage clears out towards the end. There is a bit of dry spinach acridity/astringency to the mouth as you drink this that never really goes away, but not quite off-putting enough to be a negative, especially as it’s a forgiving brew to steep even with that.
Overall, I liked this and it has a good aged flavor to it, but it’s not particularly complex or interesting, just quite solid.
Flavors: Dried Fruit, Musty, Smoke, Wood