1960s Oolong

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Oolong Tea
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205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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  • “I took the day off from work today. I didn't much feel like going in and besides, I wanted to drink some tea. So I did. I started with this one, which I haven't had in awhile and was immediately...” Read full tasting note
    CloudwalkerTeas 49 tasting notes
  • “This one starts with a delicate and mild aroma of sweet tobacco and dank moss. There is an immediately elegant sweetness to the over all light flavor to the liquor but with added notes of cedar...” Read full tasting note
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There are very few opportunities to encounter such a fine, aged Taiwanese oolong tea. It is a drink very nearly not of this world. One is left to remark at how wondrous it is that such an old oolong tea could contain so perfectly the essence of a warm Spring day with the aroma of blossoms floating lightly on a gentle breeze. Its aromas linger and change for a remarkably long period of time! This aged oolong is not for the light-hearted, but is a tea to be honoured and respected due to its age and deeply inspiring chi energy.

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49 tasting notes

I took the day off from work today. I didn’t much feel like going in and besides, I wanted to drink some tea. So I did. I started with this one, which I haven’t had in awhile and was immediately pleased with the choice (of course). Oolongs have a special place in my heart because of their long lasting and widely varying aromas and flavours. The dry leaves of this tea smell of malty roast. The liquor scent has extreme longevity in the smelling cup. It seems to go on forever smelling of exotic sweetness with a hint of spice. The flavour is, as I mentioned in a previous note, malty, and smooth on the tongue leaving a long lasting hui gan (returning sweetness in the back of the throat). When I exhale I still get the flavour of this tea and it is very pleasant. The energy hits with a wallop as well. You don’t so much feel it coming as simply sink into the moment and completely lose track of time. I have a feeling drinking such high energy teas the past few days is having a cumulative effect on me. Everything around me seems crisper, clearer and more focused. An excellent tea, to be sure.

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200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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This one starts with a delicate and mild aroma of sweet tobacco and dank moss. There is an immediately elegant sweetness to the over all light flavor to the liquor but with added notes of cedar and the incense of floral resins. The age does provide an element of austerity to the cup which, for me, really brings the flavors home. Brewing with hotter water brings out a typical aged “tang” and highlights the cedar and heavier wood notes.

The finish is slightly dry on the tongue and carries a cooling mouthfeel with a particularly interesting hui gan of eucalyptus and lavender.

Later infusions develop into more subtle interplays of lavender and sweet, mild incense. This one stays pleasantly heavy on the tongue yet light on the palate.

Shinobi_cha

Does it strike you as strange, or perhaps somewhat consequential, as you drink, that what you are drinking is over 50 years old?
Some guy who perhaps made that in his 20s is now 70 years old!

cultureflip

It is a testament to the beauty of the God-given gift of the tea plant that with proper care and attention something grown so long ago can not only taste good but so unique as well. I’m 27 and it’s definitely a trip to get a hold on anything that’s older than me let alone ingest it. Perspective is a funny thing and usually very humbling. It reminds me how delicate and transient our lives are in the grand scheme of things yet how resilient life is in itself. Amazing, really.

Shinobi_cha

And then if you think of things in the grand scheme, 50 years doesn’t seem too long at all. To me, it is amazing to think that God had the tea plant in mind (and all of the various kinds of tea he knew people would come up with from that one plant!) when he created the world. It’s kind of like jazz or laughter, difficult yet really cool to imagine that those were his ideas.

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