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I’m a big fan of aged oolongs and this tea in particular is a really special tea. 22 years ago seems like such a long time. I looked through some of my old photo books to see what I was like 22 years ago and I couldn’t find anything from 1991. There are an explosion of photos from 1993, when I started high school, but I can’t find anything from after I was a baby up until 1993.

This tea was stored for 22 years, every few years the tea is roasted. It is because of this process that aged oolongs are rare. They don’t command a price worth storing the tea that long and re-roasting it occasionally. I’ve heard some speculation that aging oolongs in Taiwan could die out.

This tea makes me happy. It is so delicious and buttery. I definitely recommend gongfu brewing but even western style, it is still very rich and creamy. Roasted chestnuts and tree bark are the first notes that hit my tongue followed instantly by creamy butter notes that linger long after the sip. I’m almost getting a very very light minty end note. There are also some pleasant mineral notes. After about 2 decades, mineral notes start to appear in aged oolongs. This is a tea that I end up drinking so fast because I am enjoying it so much. Yum, what a nice treat!

Bonnie

I’m mad now! You started High School 30 years after I did! I no longer feel sorry for you staying up till all hours concocting new tea blends!!! Young-un!

Kashyap

what sort of oolong was it when it started? where did it hail from? what style or fermentation/oxidation level?

Butiki Teas

Bonnie-Hahaha. :) My family is such a late night family. I just don’t function well at all before 10am.

Kashyap-It was a Da Ye Oolong. They aren’t very common now since the plant produces less tea than other more common plants. It came from Nantou, Taiwan (middle of the country). The oxidation level is between 20-30% and is charcoal roasted.

Kashyap

nice…I love teas from Nantou and the lighter oxidation explains the buttery and creamy mineral notes

Butiki Teas

Kashyap-I too am a big fan of teas from Nantou. I’ve been very big into Taiwanese teas lately. It is very buttery and creamy. So delicious.

Indigobloom

Fascinating about the mineral notes, I didn’t know that!! Maybe I’ll pack some away in a tea time capsule :)

Sil

guess what stacy! i’m ordering some of this! woot woot!

Butiki Teas

Indigobloom-Only if you don’t mind digging it up every few years to roast.

Sil-An oolong, I’m surprised.

Sil

@ stacy – i really loved the 2003 four seasons one.

Butiki Teas

Sil-Glad you love that one! I think you will enjoy this one too.

Indigobloom

Good to know! I’d be scared to burn it tho

Butiki Teas

Indigobloom-Best to leave it to the professionals, though I would be curious to try it myself. It takes great deal of skill.

Bonnie

I’m a little confused…Stacy, you sent me a 20 year aged Oolong and this would be 22 year old Oolong? Or is this the one you sent?

Butiki Teas

Bonnie-Sorry for the confusion, the sample I sent was this tea. I typed up that sample in a rush, so looks like I missed the extra 2 years.

Bonnie

Oh good…I can write a review under the right place! Drank with the guys today. I’ve been sick since last Saturday and just ventured out today.

Butiki Teas

Glad to hear you are feeling better Bonnie. That’s nice that you were able to share it with the guys. :)

Indigobloom

been wondering where you got to Bonnie! whew, glad you’re on the mend now

Amariel

I graduated high school in 1993…trying to decide between this and the gui fei oolong as one of my samples. Tough choice.

Butiki Teas

Heather, personally I enjoy the aged oolongs a little more Gui Fei though I very much enjoy both. There is such a lovely creaminess to this tea. Both are great though.

Amariel

I opted for the Gui Fei this time…but this one (1991 Da Ye Aged Oolong) is a close second. It was hard to choose.

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Bonnie

I’m mad now! You started High School 30 years after I did! I no longer feel sorry for you staying up till all hours concocting new tea blends!!! Young-un!

Kashyap

what sort of oolong was it when it started? where did it hail from? what style or fermentation/oxidation level?

Butiki Teas

Bonnie-Hahaha. :) My family is such a late night family. I just don’t function well at all before 10am.

Kashyap-It was a Da Ye Oolong. They aren’t very common now since the plant produces less tea than other more common plants. It came from Nantou, Taiwan (middle of the country). The oxidation level is between 20-30% and is charcoal roasted.

Kashyap

nice…I love teas from Nantou and the lighter oxidation explains the buttery and creamy mineral notes

Butiki Teas

Kashyap-I too am a big fan of teas from Nantou. I’ve been very big into Taiwanese teas lately. It is very buttery and creamy. So delicious.

Indigobloom

Fascinating about the mineral notes, I didn’t know that!! Maybe I’ll pack some away in a tea time capsule :)

Sil

guess what stacy! i’m ordering some of this! woot woot!

Butiki Teas

Indigobloom-Only if you don’t mind digging it up every few years to roast.

Sil-An oolong, I’m surprised.

Sil

@ stacy – i really loved the 2003 four seasons one.

Butiki Teas

Sil-Glad you love that one! I think you will enjoy this one too.

Indigobloom

Good to know! I’d be scared to burn it tho

Butiki Teas

Indigobloom-Best to leave it to the professionals, though I would be curious to try it myself. It takes great deal of skill.

Bonnie

I’m a little confused…Stacy, you sent me a 20 year aged Oolong and this would be 22 year old Oolong? Or is this the one you sent?

Butiki Teas

Bonnie-Sorry for the confusion, the sample I sent was this tea. I typed up that sample in a rush, so looks like I missed the extra 2 years.

Bonnie

Oh good…I can write a review under the right place! Drank with the guys today. I’ve been sick since last Saturday and just ventured out today.

Butiki Teas

Glad to hear you are feeling better Bonnie. That’s nice that you were able to share it with the guys. :)

Indigobloom

been wondering where you got to Bonnie! whew, glad you’re on the mend now

Amariel

I graduated high school in 1993…trying to decide between this and the gui fei oolong as one of my samples. Tough choice.

Butiki Teas

Heather, personally I enjoy the aged oolongs a little more Gui Fei though I very much enjoy both. There is such a lovely creaminess to this tea. Both are great though.

Amariel

I opted for the Gui Fei this time…but this one (1991 Da Ye Aged Oolong) is a close second. It was hard to choose.

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