1982 Sun Moon Lake Aged Black Tea, Lot 220
We’ve made this very unique find while visiting one of the longest established Black Tea makers in the Sun Moon Lake area. I always end our tasting visits by asking him if he has any special teas he keeps in his cellar. This is the tea that came out of the hat that day… As soon as boiling water was poured over this tea I knew we were in for a treat! Our nose was enthralled with a unique whirlwind of inviting aromas that were familiar and yet completely new to me. In fact, it was more so the combination that was unique. There were hints of jammy fruits typical of Taiwanese Assam black teas and, at the same time, complex wood notes and sweet earthy tones that evoked aged teas, and all of this blended in so well together! The mouth was also very content! For those of you who’ve had the pleasure of tasting good Liu Bao, you will be in familiar territory with the velvety smoothness of this tea and its root vegetable sweetness of beetroot and sweet potatoes. But, again, it’s unique Taiwan character shines out in its exuberance and generous personality. This tea is a concentrate of warm earthy textures and very persistent in the aromas and flavours it delivers. This tea will last many infusions. And if you wonder if aged black teas are as good for your health as Pu’ers, but of course they are! But let’s keep that as a secret between us since this lot is of very limited quantity and at this price, it’s a steal!