This brick appears rather brittle, giving off little smell on its own. Twigs and large leaves are clearly visible.
After a quick rinse, the infusions reveal a deep brown/purplish liqueur. No need to push this old fella too much: the taste comes right out. 30-40 sec. of steeping time is enough, though one could probably push it without getting any bitterness. This is maybe not top grade material to start with: I actually have a twig sitting among the leaves in my gaiwan. But it is still very pleasant.
The first infusion gives off a pleasant sensation in the mouth, no astringency, no bitterness at all. This is very mellow, creamy, with hazelnut notes and reminiscent of purple rice. Slight acidity, though no bitterness to speak of.
After just one infusion, the leaves are pretty alive. They are rather big, and definitely old. They give off a rich smell without hints of fermentation per se: dried plum rather than wet leaves.
The second infusion confirms this tea's character: still creamy, overall mellow, with some acidity.
This tea is likely to behave in a consistent way throughout the sessions. It will probably last around 10 sessions.
This tea seems to still have some maturing capacity, though I would rather enjoy this right now.
Would make a nice inexpensive present.
Overall a good quality/price ratio.