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Sipdown (Verdant Edition), 224. This tea is obviously old, given that it is spring 2011 picking. I only had a small amount of it left and I’m not sure why I was holding out on drinking it for so long… hoarding beloved tea impulses, I guess. I only had enough of this one for a western-style mug.

Despite its age, this smells amazing. Sweet and floral and buttery. The flavors are also still amazing, although I know they have diminished a bit. But still, if I can get this much flavor out of it two years on, it is a pretty amazing tea, and it still makes me very happy. Can’t wait until the spring 2013 picking!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Kashyap

I’m not sure the exact conditions for ‘aging’ a oolong or if they bear similarity to the needs of other aged teas like pu erhs, but if so it would follow that stored in a porous, ceramic container in a climate neutral environment with passive air circulation, it should age OK and potentially even improve…

Dinosara

I’ve heard that oolongs age well when they are of the darker/roasted variety, but I think green oolongs like this are more like green teas in the aging process. Regardless this one has held up pretty well!

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Kashyap

I’m not sure the exact conditions for ‘aging’ a oolong or if they bear similarity to the needs of other aged teas like pu erhs, but if so it would follow that stored in a porous, ceramic container in a climate neutral environment with passive air circulation, it should age OK and potentially even improve…

Dinosara

I’ve heard that oolongs age well when they are of the darker/roasted variety, but I think green oolongs like this are more like green teas in the aging process. Regardless this one has held up pretty well!

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
84-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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