Snow Listener sheng pu'er by @mei_leaf - harvested in Spring 2013 from old trees growing in Jing Mai, Yunnan Province, China.
A friend sent a sample of this (as well as a few other teas) to me after talking about how he doesn't really like sheng, and saying this one did nothing to change his mind. I didn't really have expectations for this. The only thing I knew about it was someone didn't like it, and it smelled like a rough and powerful sheng that was going to punch me in the face... But, damn, was I wrong. This was actually great... like really great. I can understand why someone who's not already a fan of sheng wouldn't like this, though. It has a woody, winey, sort of medicinal character with hints of wet storage that wouldn't be appealing to the uninitiated.
But it's also smooth, rich, sweet, flavorful, complex and really interesting. There's a wood barrel aged wine or brandy base, with strong raw honey overtones, and hints of fruits and flowers. Later steeps bring out a sort of juiciness, and it steeped forever. This tastes a lot older than 5 years, but it still had some youthful energy competing with its aged wisdom. It's too bad this is sold out, because I would have loved to grab a cake. I could drink this all day.