2005 Songboling Aged Oolong Tea, Lot # 135

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Oolong Tea
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Earth, Smoke, Tobacco, Char, Wood, Dates, Espresso, Raisins
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205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 oz / 230 ml

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From Taiwan Tea Crafts

Our sister company has a long history of roasting and aging teas that spans 3 generations now. Some may find it curious that we therefore don’t offer a wider selection of aged teas. The answer is simple, these limited lots are very often reserved well in advance by local customers. But, from time to time, TTC will use its connections to be able to propose a few gems like this one. We’ve secured a small Lot of this nectar made from a very good quality winter crop of Jin Xuan. The thick creamy texture of Jin Xuan is still omnipresent despite the deep roasting to which curried notes of dried exotic fruits and roasted nuts mingle in jammy sweetness. If there was a perfect tea to accompany fruit cake or english style pudding, this would be the one!

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Style of tea

Aged Tea
Picking Date

Winter 2005
Oxydation level

Roasting Level

Pronounced Oven Roasting

Administrative Region

Nantou County
Picking Style

Hand Picked
Varietal(s) Used

Cing Xin
Garden Elevation

400 m

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8172 tasting notes

Gotta love getting paid to sit around and drink tea at home while taking care f house things :) this is another tea from Terri. I like this one a bit less than the other oolong from ttc today. This is more charcoal like and has that familiar roasty oolong taste.

Overall not a bad little tea but this one cup was enough!

Terri HarpLady

They make these teas sound so amazing on the website. Honestly, I still haven’t really given them my full attention yet. :)


How are you getting paid to drink tea? Or do you mean you’re on paid leave or something?


CHAroma – haha on the weekend, if i get called in to do work, i get paid for three hours minimum, don’t need to leave the house and it’s usually for 15 mins of work :) and then, because they called me in, i get “on call time” for the 21 hours that i’m not getting paid regular time… lol

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998 tasting notes

Thanks Sil for sending me a sample of this one.

I’m not sure I’ve had an aged oolong before. I’m not sure what in the notes I’m getting would be typical of an aged oolong.
This is a nice, dark, heavily roasted – almost charcoal tasting oolong. I like oolongs in this style, and this is a pretty good example of that. It might be just a hint too smoky/charcoal for me, but all in all I’ve enjoying drinking three steeps of this.

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I sampled the Songboling Shui Xian Oolong, from TTC, and afterwards I went with this one, to see what happens when you age it. I’d like to preface this by saying that Sil & I have sampled some of the aged black teas from TTC, & they had earthy & musty qualities, that were interesting, but not necessarily desireable. One in particular tasted like beets that have spent the winter in the root cellar, if you know what I mean.

This tea however is not so. I think the aging & occasional re-roasting has done this tea justice, intensifying & deepening the jammy flavors a bit, bringing out a nutty hazelnut quality, & the overall feeling was incredibly smooth. No mustiness, no root veggies, just a lovely Oolong.

I have difficulties with comparing teas. I drank these 2 teas separately, enjoying the first one with resteeps while teaching, and then switching to this one. The problem with this method is I’m terrible about taking any kind of notes. While I’m drinking the cup, I’m loving it & thinking nice things, making note in my head of it’s wonders. Then I switch to a different tea, & all is forgotten, as I am now thinking of THIS cup. I have enough to drink this one more time, & I think that final comparison will be side by side, steep for steep.


I think it can be hard to compare some teas, too – especially if they’re very similar.

Terri HarpLady

Right! I think when I’m trying to compare the subtle differences, I really need more time to just sit & sip, breath, & enjoy. The truth is, I rarely just sit. I’m cooking, I’m gardening, I’m teaching, I’m computing, I’m playing an instrument. I’m almost always doing something while I’m drinking tea. Except maybe that first cup of the day. :)

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This tea has a dominant charcoal taste that reminds me of tobacco.
One session with this tea was definitely enough for me.
The smoky flavor wasn’t really my liking.

Flavors: Earth, Smoke, Tobacco

Boiling 0 min, 45 sec 3 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Wow is this Songboling good! I was expecting an aged taste which would be roasty and have little aftertaste but boy was I wrong. While the roasty taste was a bit strong, overall its superb. I know I’ve always had a bias against roasted oolong’s, oops!

Shipping took a while but since the teas are vacuumed sealed and shipped directly from Taiwan I had no problems with it. Its difficult to match the price/quality for this tea and I definitely recommend it to anyone!

Flavors: Char, Earth, Wood

1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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257 tasting notes

Wow! This is a great one for coffee lovers!! It is a deep espresso flavor with accents of prunes and raisin, and essences of sweet pipe tobacco.
Thank u to Terri Harplady for this sample!!

Flavors: Dates, Espresso, Raisins, Tobacco

195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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