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Ali Shan 1991 (charcoal)

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Oolong Tea
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Edit tea info Last updated by spittingoutteeth
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200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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  • “I was really thrilled when I got this tea as a gift! The idea of drinking a 1991 aged tea thrilled me, I think it's a pretty special thing to do. To think this tea was picked when I was 5 years of...” Read full tasting note
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    Eisenherz 169 tasting notes
  • “Tried a sample of this from a tea acquaintance. I was not a huge fan - it's rich, but I think a little over-fired (and I'm someone who likes some pretty high-fired tea). I am a little skeptical on...” Read full tasting note
    33
    wyardley 4 tasting notes
  • “This is a very unique aged oolong, and very different in flavor from a traditionally roasted or unroasted Ali Shan. It's charcoal every year since the picking date of 1991, and as such the tea is...” Read full tasting note
    89
    spittingoutteeth 22 tasting notes
  • “Forget the sweetness, which I do not detect, but I thoroughly enjoy the roasted and chocolate taste, specially in the second and third steeping. After that, it is mostly charcoal in the mouth even...” Read full tasting note
    80
    amorin 4 tasting notes

From Camellia Sinensis

Handpicked and aged since 1991 with successive carbon firings each year this tea is warm and comforting. Liquor has woody and caramel aromas and not even a hint of bitterness. Flavours of coffee and chocolate develop in the cup followed by a sweet, fruity aftertaste.

Quantity of leaf / 250ml of water 1 tea spoon
Infusion Time +/- 4 minutes
Infusion temperature 95 °C

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4 Tasting Notes

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169 tasting notes

I was really thrilled when I got this tea as a gift! The idea of drinking a 1991 aged tea thrilled me, I think it’s a pretty special thing to do. To think this tea was picked when I was 5 years of age seems crazy when I take the time to think about it! So I wanted to treat this tea with as much respect as I possibly could, make sure to take the time to appreciate the different layers every sip offers. Sadly, as much as I appreciate the fact it is very special and different, I’m not sure about the flavour of the charcoal… it’s not too bad. If I concentrate, I can picture the coffee… maybe a bit of dark chocolate. I sadly didn’t get the sweet and fruity aftertaste they mention at all though. I was actually very much looking forward to the charcoal taste combined with that of the actual tea, but sadly, I don’t get much oolong at all, to me this is mostly charcoal. It does get better as I re-steep and the leaves uncurl more (they never uncurl much though, even after 5 steeps, they seem pretty stuck from all the charcoal coating), but never enough to make me go “yum!”.

I still thought trying this tea was a great experience, the taste is interesting, and every sip is a sort of link to the past… I think that’s pretty cool! But I won’t go buying more of it, especially given the crazy price.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Tried a sample of this from a tea acquaintance. I was not a huge fan – it’s rich, but I think a little over-fired (and I’m someone who likes some pretty high-fired tea). I am a little skeptical on the date as well, though it’s hard to tell because the roast is so strong.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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This is a very unique aged oolong, and very different in flavor from a traditionally roasted or unroasted Ali Shan. It’s charcoal every year since the picking date of 1991, and as such the tea is very dark, almost black in color. The brewed tea however is surprisingly light in color, coming out a beige-orange.

The aroma is wonderful, a blend of aged wood and roasted dates. The flavor consists of raisin, caramel and baker’s chocolate tones. It’s a fantastic dessert tea, but a bit too naturally sweet for everyday drinking (at least for me). Definitely a nice treat though!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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Forget the sweetness, which I do not detect, but I thoroughly enjoy the roasted and chocolate taste, specially in the second and third steeping. After that, it is mostly charcoal in the mouth even if my nose still detects tea and chocolate.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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