phoenixK wrote:I have had really bad luck with sheng samples being really harsh and difficult to drink. So I was really surprised and happy when the owner of a tea shop in Taichung Taiwan, served me some of this. He said it is from 1999. The language barrier was pretty high as I don't know Mandarin, but from what I could understand, this was a special recipe commissioned by him? Could any of you shed some light on this?
I wonder if all the sheng samples I have received off the internet are bad or if they were just too young for my taste. All of the samples I have had are around 2-3 years old.
Anyway, after drinking this, I had to buy it. Now that I have been back for a while, I opened it up and brewed it up. Very smooth, earthy... and almost a minty taste... hard to describe, but very good.
Looks like it's been traditionally stored, a bit. At least I see mold? That might be why you like it.