Well, my package came in a couple of days ago, and I was able to finish off a second session with this tea today.
Balanced! This tea is the best example of a balanced sheng. Almost all of the infusions carried the same characteristics; thick, honest yellow, slightly cloudy, super astringent, a fair amount of good bitterness, and sweetness to match, all the while having that classic (no pun intended) Menghai low tobacco bass going on in the background. There were honestly, at least 4 infusions where the good bitterness, astringency, the sweetness, mouthfeel, and Menghai tobacco all matched each other seamlessly, and if you weren't paying full attention the subtleties of the complex flavor might pass you by. You can tell the attention to detail when they created this blend as some infusions offer all of these things as a finely layered experience. Each characteristic taking turns with one another to show you the complexities, almost as if to say "here's all the parts so you can better recognize the whole". This is a tea to be slowly tasted over a long period of time to really get a feel for it. Fantastic sheng, definitely not for the "drink it now" crowd, but obviously meant to be an ager. I really think it's worth the price, and I will be ordering a tong. I can't wait until this tea gets some years on it. It makes no excuses for what it is, and is so refreshingly honest in it's presentation that one wonders why all young sheng can't match this quality coming out at this price point.
Of course, as always, these are my opinions, and not everyone will agree with me. Also, sorry for the lack of brewing pictures, but where I brew in my kitchen is the worst spot as far as lighting goes, and flashes with tea in general never seems to turn out right. I have some close ups of the actual cake though on my flickr if you're interested; http://flickr.com/photos/teajournaling/
Now if you'll excuse me, I've got a mountain of samples left still to go through. My thoughts on each peacock mountain should be up within the next week as well.