TomVerlain wrote:I am not sure what others mean by "barnyard", but for me, barnyard conjours up images of knee deep poop and a smell of ammonia that starts about 10 miles away.
I would not even say good shu has a "hay" or vegetal taste / smell. Woody, even leathery, yes.
Ah. Leathery. THAT was the description that was escaping me earlier. As I said, being new to pu'erh and its unique properties, I am finding it difficult to accurately describe it. But yes, the shu I have has a definite but very pleasant leathery aspect.
The barnyard thing is (as I'm finding out now, heh) quite subjective. I can easily see how the word would conjure some unpleasant things. I'm not much of a "country mouse" by any stretch, but I like the analogy because it makes me think of a calmness, a sort of warmth and closeness to animals. Well trodden soil. Things like that. Which I realize are still highly subjective, but there ya go.
Another thing I forgot to mention is how wonderful these items stand up to multiple steepings.