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Monday, July 8, 2013

Zhi Tea Loose Leaf Oolong Tea 'Aged Oolong 1987'

Zhi Tea Loose Leaf Oolong Tea 'Aged Oolong 1987'

Tea Information:
Tea: Aged Oolong 1987
Type: Oolong Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: Zhi Tea
Purchase: Here
Description: Very, very nice medium roast Huan Gan Oolong from spring 1987.

Originally intended as a Ti Quan Yin, some of the lot was sequestered by a budding tea master for his first aged tea project. This has been reroasted five times (92, 95, 99, 09, 07) and still retains a well-rounded character with dark plum body and great mouth feel.

Richly textured, deep and mineral-y, with stone fruit on the back of the tongue and a soothing long finish. Leather, licorice, and raisin presominate even in the dry leaf. Holds up very well to several steepings.

Very limited quantity.

One of our Artisan Reserve organic oolong teas, a line of small batch handmade teas from a craft handed down over generations. Hand selected for having all the hallmark qualities of the highest grades with notable personality accents.

Steep Information:
Amount: 5g (packet said there should have been 6 in there)
Water: 500ml at 195°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: none
Steeped Tea Smell: roasty, a little nutty
Flavor: nutty, roasty, toasted
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: roasty
Liquor: translucent dark orange-brown

reminiscent of a lighter puerh

500ml at 195°F for 4 min

500ml at 195°F for 5 min

500ml at 195°F for 6 min
too watery, still roast

Rating: 2/4 leaves

Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

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