This is why I am trying to reduce my tea stash. I have this truly excellent oolong, and it is four years old because I have so much tea that I probably wouldn’t get to them all even if I drank them in rotation. There are a few beloved teas that I do drink down before they get stale, but here is a gorgeous that somehow got neglected.
It is still good, even at four years old. The flavor profile has changed a great deal, with the oolong flavor being far lighter, thus making the osmanthus stand out a lot more. It doesn’t compare to how it tasted in its youth, though. There is something breathtaking about really fresh tea.
I have enough leaves for one more pot, which we will drink at tea time tomorrow for a sip down.