I recently ordered three shengs and one shu from Liquid Proust, and the first I cracked, the 2006 Mengku Qiao Mu Wang, was amazing. Subsequently, my next two teas were total duds. This is one of them.
Old, dried leaf and some ruby fruits. Flavors have distant sweetness, distant fruits, some woodiness, a heavier than desired sourness and some moderate, bland astringency. What is here? This is very empty and hollow. Also throws some throat scratchiness. Almost no wet leaf aroma. Long, long, long returning sweetness. Takes a while and doesn’t give much. The redeeming factor of this tea is the wonderful calming qi.
Like yesterday’s sampling of the 2005 Yang Qing Hao Yiwu Chawang, this tastes like it has suffered through dry storage and is so unremarkable for the price that I’m suspicious that it is in fact authentic.
Flavors: Dried Fruit, Red Fruits, Stems