This is a long, long forgotten sample from YSLLC that I obtained at least a year ago, if not more. It’s no longer available, as far as I can tell. The thing is a brick, so the leaves are, predictably, chopped to high heavens. The general rule of thumb, at least until the past few years, is that anything other than cakes and you’re going to get chopped up leaves. In fact, you’d be better off with tuos than you are with bricks. Bricks is usually a good guarantee for really, really broken stuff.
The tea is interesting — it is aged somewhat, but since it was probably stuck in Kunming, the aging is not very great. The tea is sour, at least in the middle infusions. Strength is low. There wasn’t much to the tea and what it had, it delivered pretty quickly. There’s a reason bricks are not a good investment and why my friends in Hong Kong avoid them.
It’s not horrid — if you can get past the sourness — but it’s not something you’d really rejoice in drinking either. There are better teas out there that are younger but more rewarding. This is not a good example of a 12 years old tea.