Both of these teas are nice and smooth, with a golden amber liquor, and a refreshing, clean taste.
Having unpacked the unmarkerd paper canisters from their platic bag, I left myself with no reference as to which one is the young or old tree, so I will refer to them as #1 and #2. This was accidental. However, It makes for an unbiased tasting experience.
I have sampled #1 twice and #2 once.
note: I have a cold at the moment and cannot clearly discern nuances of flavor and aroma. I will update this post once I have tried each tea a few more times under better conditions.
I brewed 5g of #2 with spring water, using a “standard competition tasting cup.” I let the water reach a boil and placed it in a steel thermos.
Seems pretty clear that #2 is the 400 year old tea. It really blew me away with its “Chaqi.”
The feeling is of something that comes from a remarkably pure, pristine place. there is a warm glow to the tea, it is refreshing, and deeply plesant to experience this tea.
I managed to brew approx. 1 liter of tea out of 5 grams of #2.