Tea Classico

Recent Tasting Notes

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Oh my, yes it WAS. Can’t resist a Big Zhong. Bought 20 grams of this, and cakes are available for $129. We are getting to the point now where aged tea is really more affordable than the high end new stuff. 8 grams in the gaiwan and 125 ml water.

Still steeping this a day later. The liquor is mostly orange, but a darker red ring shows around the edge of my cup. This is really just turning into aged tea, the next few years will be quite interesting. According to the description, the cakes were stored in HK a few years, and then dry stored after that. There is a slight humid flavor, however much of the tea I’m drinking lately is much more humid than this is. A bit of smoke, but not much.

Great deal on an aged plantation cake if it’s your cup of tea.

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Flavors: Apricot, Wet Earth

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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I rinse the leaves to open them up, and then steep it for a short time, under 30 seconds. As I wait, I notice the floral notes, but it also smells like honey to me.
The taste is pure and earthy, with hints of apples and florals… not as strong as jasmine or rose, but equally enchanting. There is a sweet after-taste, still of honey.
This is a beautiful, delicately perfume-y oolong which I would be happy to serve to friends. It’s not strong, weird, or frightening. It’s a great pick-me-up

Flavors: Floral, Honey

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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It is dark and rich, but it isn’t bitter at all, which is a pleasant surprise! I don’t need milk or sugar. What surprises me is the smokiness. I didn’t detect that in the smell, but it definitely has a light smoky, nutty flavour which reminds me of the Lapsang Souchong from Tea Classico. But it’s not only smoky… there is the richness of dark berries… blackberries, currants, grapes. The after-taste is like a burnt caramel… a little sweet, a little smoky… rich.

Flavors: Berries, Black Currant, Caramel, Cloves, Molasses, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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Flavors: Honey, Orchids

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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