I just got a sample of the 2001 CNNP sheng from Norbu tea and it's the first pu-erh I've actually liked. I'd tried some different shu's and a few cheaper younger shengs but none of them really did it for me. Some were awful.
I'm brewing in a 100ml gaiwan with enough tea to fill up the gaiwan almost to the top after they expand. Gong fu style.
There are some of the flavors I've experienced before with pu-erh but they are balanced and not overpowering. There are a lot of different flavors going on. There are the earthy flavors that I have not enjoyed until now, there are fruit flavors, talcum powder or maybe linen, and the latest one is anise or licorice. Not much astringency or bitterness at all. I'm on steeping 10 or 11, not sure, been drinking it since this morning.
Any recommendations from you experienced drinkers? I could buy a cake of this, but I'm wondering if there is something tastier in the same price range.