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This was from JakeB quite a while ago – thanks so much!  Since this is a cake, I’m assuming these are supposed to be aged black/red teas?  YS has a black cake from 2014 listed on their site, so I’m assuming these cakes are supposed to age a bit.  One can dream anyway, for my aging cupboard. But since JakeB sent four cakes (have since rehomed one of the four) it would take me quite a while to get through these cakes!  The leaves in the cake are fairly compact.   The first steep’s flavor is very light and bland, probably because the water was too cool to properly unravel the compactedness of these leaves.  The second steep was VERY dark and deep and more of what I’m looking for in a black tea — the leaves had also fully unraveled by then.  I wonder where the “drunk” in the name comes from, because I could swear there was a boozy quality to this second steep, that I normally wouldn’t notice in black tea… This is fine, an the only black/reds I have within full cakes.  So I guess I will have to be content with that novelty, as it stands this just tastes like BLACK TEA to me at the moment.
Steep #1  //  20 minutes after boiling  // rinse// 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 2 minutes after boiling //  3 1/2 minute steep

tea-sipper

No really, someone please tell me if an eight year old black tea cake is intended to be enjoyed aged, like a puerh?

ashmanra

I wish I could answer with certainty! I know I have seen aged white and aged oolong cakes. Not sure about aged black but someone will know!

ashmanra

Ask and ye shall receive. Today’s email from Verdant is about aged black tea! If you go on their site or blog, you can probably find it. I don’t know how to link to an email…

tea-sipper

I usually get Verdant’s e-mails but don’t see this one yet! I will seek out the info on the site if the e-mail doesn’t show up soon, thanks ashmanra. :D

Martin Bednář

I think there is nothing bad with ageing black tea as long it is not some fannings, or some low quality material! This one was cake, so I think it was intended to age, maybe not that much though :)

mrmopar

I think this one will be fine to age. Being pressed into a bing cha type would suggest that it was made to age. I would just brew it in a way that you enjoy it and go from there.

tea-sipper

Martin – Yeah, aged “not that much” is what I was worried about. haha.
mrmopar – thanks for the reassurance!

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tea-sipper

No really, someone please tell me if an eight year old black tea cake is intended to be enjoyed aged, like a puerh?

ashmanra

I wish I could answer with certainty! I know I have seen aged white and aged oolong cakes. Not sure about aged black but someone will know!

ashmanra

Ask and ye shall receive. Today’s email from Verdant is about aged black tea! If you go on their site or blog, you can probably find it. I don’t know how to link to an email…

tea-sipper

I usually get Verdant’s e-mails but don’t see this one yet! I will seek out the info on the site if the e-mail doesn’t show up soon, thanks ashmanra. :D

Martin Bednář

I think there is nothing bad with ageing black tea as long it is not some fannings, or some low quality material! This one was cake, so I think it was intended to age, maybe not that much though :)

mrmopar

I think this one will be fine to age. Being pressed into a bing cha type would suggest that it was made to age. I would just brew it in a way that you enjoy it and go from there.

tea-sipper

Martin – Yeah, aged “not that much” is what I was worried about. haha.
mrmopar – thanks for the reassurance!

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
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teavivre.com
52teas.com
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harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
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Davidstea
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what-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
Mandala
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steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
aquartertotea.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
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My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

I’m always in search of: Hattialli, Qu Hao black, Jin Jun Mei, teas using marshmallow root.

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer… I have a dumb phone so can’t access internet on that. As of 12/20/21 my wifi might start getting unreliable.)

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