Today, I'm having the Menghai 7262 Shou! This is actually my first shou (cue the gasps!) and I'm looking forward to discovering the complexities of it. I received this as a generous sample from a fellow teafolk, so I didn't have to worry about butchering another toucha.
On to the steeping! I used 9 grams in a 100ml gaiwan. This produced a very dark brew and smelled of mushrooms and smokiness.
By the way, this is my cute little gaiwan - I'm a huge fan of dragons, so I got a dragon-themed gaiwan set!
Anyway, the shou has a very smoky flavor that evolves into a mushroom flavor for the first few steeps. The subsequent steeps (after the 15 second steep mark) develop a light sweetness as a nice balance to the smoky flavor of the shou. Overall, this is a terrific shou that I would love to have again!
9 grams, 100ml, 200 degrees, 5 seconds (first steep)
Until the next cup.