Aged Tieguanyin, ca. 1986

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea
Flavors
Almond, banana, Caramel, Cherry, Cinnamon, Dried Fruit, Dust, Flan, Leather, Nectar, Oak, Plum, Sour, Sugar, Walnut
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
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Edit tea info Last updated by Cameron B.
Average preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 6 oz / 175 ml

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  • “For a key to my rating scale, check out my bio. A unique flavor profile, even for an aged oolong. Ridiculously intense almond note throughout. Sour dried plums and walnut bitterness in the...” Read full tasting note
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From Red Blossom Tea Company

Aged oolongs are rare in the world of teas. Unlike pu-erhs that change through microbial activity, oolong leaves age naturally. And whereas pu-erh teas are considered “living teas” that must be exposed to air, aged oolongs are often kept sealed as they age.

This tea was sourced in the mid-80’s, and stored in our San Francisco warehouse for close to 30 years. While most aged oolong teas on the market are reroasted every few years, destroying most of their natural aged characteristics, this traditional style Tieguanyin has been left undisturbed. The end result is a tea rich with the aroma of plums and walnuts, and a distinctly crisp finish, reminiscent of a fresh Tieguanyin in the traditional ‘nong xiang’ (strong fragrance) style, but with an added complexity and depth developed during the aging process.

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1 Tasting Note

88

For a key to my rating scale, check out my bio.

A unique flavor profile, even for an aged oolong. Ridiculously intense almond note throughout. Sour dried plums and walnut bitterness in the beginning fade to an herbaceous, dried fruit sweetness redolent of candied amarena cherries in middle infusions. Slight leather note in the fragrance of later infusions, along with a caramel/flan sweetness. Mouthfeel is quite juicy with medium viscosity. Sadly, the flavor dissipates after three or four infusions, but an enjoyable tea nonetheless.

Flavors: Almond, banana, Caramel, Cherry, Cinnamon, Dried Fruit, Dust, Flan, Leather, Nectar, Oak, Plum, Sour, Sugar, Walnut

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 6 OZ / 175 ML

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