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A smooth, lightly earthy, everyday pu-erh. No exciting / overwhelming flavors, if you’ve tried other pu-erhs, but it’s very balanced.
Pour out the first couple of (short) steepings, and you’re good to go. Lasts through the work-day, and peaks after around 3-4 steepings. A light sweetness becomes noticeable in the finish, at that point.
I’ve gotten a little bit spoiled by some other Wuyi oolongs I have tasted recently. And although this is still a very nice tea, it doesn’t “wow” me anymore. I still feel appreciation and gratitude for this tea, though!
This tea does have some sweet cinnamon spiciness, caramel, and subtle fruitiness. Pretty good for my first tea of the day!
EDIT: I liked this tea more and more as I steeped it further, so I’ve bumped up my rating.
Butterscotch! So much butterscotch! This is probably my favorite oolong tea (other than another charcoal-roasted tung ting that I received as a gift). I’m not usually a fan of oolong, but this tea is excellent. The tannins are present but well-hidden, and it’s hard to over/under-steep this tea to an unpleasant extent. Loses flavor after a few steepings.
(I’m taking a wild guess that this is the tea that Red Blossom calls “Aged Tung Ting, ca. 1980.”)
Smells sweet and mildly earthy. Fairly tannic initially, but smooths out. In my opinion, it’s pretty balanced but not very interesting, compared to other aged teas, including the ca. 1970’s Tung Ting from Red Blossom. That one really does “feel old.” The 1980 also lacks the strong butterscotch notes that you can taste in roasted Tung Tings. There’s something subtly intriguing in the aftertaste, but that’s about it.
I am a big “milk oolong” fan and it never lasts long whenever I have it in my cupboard because I drink it all up so fast. This one is particularly good; I love the subtle milky taste. I’ve been served cheap imitation milk oolongs before (beware of these as they are actually not very good for you) and those have a sickening strong “milk candy” smell. This is the real deal and it is quite good.
Good morning Steepster. I am doing okay aside from having a fractured finger which is really annoying and somewhat painful!
Anyway this is a good tea for consolation purposes. ;-) Today it’s a sipdown. I will certainly get more someday, it’s a great Golden Monkey. Today I am really getting such nice malty notes.
Nearly through the last of this. Have one other container of this cold steeping in the fridge and then it’s gone. I think that this might be one of my favourite straight teas to brew cold. There’s just something satisfying about this one – a little sugar and/or lemon and i’m golden. :)
Very nice amber color, which looks especially nice in a Bodum glass. This tea is at its tastiest after a few steepings (maybe peaking in the 4th or so), and after letting cool down significantly. Smooth and pleasantly (not overwhelmingly) earthy, with a very pronounced sweetness in the finish that becomes apparent after a couple of steepings.
It’s also difficult to mess this one up with too much or too little steeping time, or not using enough leaves, etc. It’s an “easy” tea to make at work, without watching it / controlling all of the variables too carefully.