I can’t believe I’ve stored this tea for two years. I’ve drank this every few months, seeing how it changed over time. It’s been so good, and I’ve tried to store it as carefully as possible, but this is the last of it.

Steeping info:
Teaware: Hong ni Fang Gu teapot
Brew style: Chazhou Gongfu
Water Amount: ~ 150ml
Tea Amount: 9.14g
Brewing Temperatures: 200+
Time (seconds): ?? I’m going by feel.

The number of steeps has considerably dropped since I started brewing this, but it’s still good. The flavor diminishes by the 4th steep although the general feeling remains.

The flavor profile has minimal changed from my previous review of this tea, but much more mellow than when I first tasted it:

Notes of smoke, chocolate, nuts, then a sweetness of molasses & florals as the steeps progress. It’s still one of my favorite teas.

Details & photos @ my tea blog: https://jadeoolong.blogspot.com/2021/05/goodbye-tea-long-live-tea-2006-da-hong.html

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 9 g

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General: A crafty geek girl who has a love for tea, cats, writing, books, as well as learning a multitude of post-apocalyptic skills…just in case.

Tea: I’ve been drinking tea all my life. My grandfather was half-Chinese, but I was always too lazy to brew anything other than Western style. In the past 5 years I’ve been changing that; trying to develop my tea-tasting chops and still a lot to learn! I prefer oolongs, blacks, and greens (in that order), and I’m trying to expand my knowledge of tea from all over the world (and not just China & Japan). I do tend to stay away from herbal tisanes or overly flavored teas as I find them much too sweet and overpowering.

My ratings explained.
90-100: Exceptional tea. The tea I want with me on that desert island. It is the tea I’ll take time to relish and enjoy.

80-89: Very Good Tea. It fits my flavor profile and I enjoy drinking it.

70-79: Good. I like it, but might not be one I reach for on a regular basis..

60-69: Solid. Better than average, and something I’ll grab when I need to “run-out-the-door” and can’t take time to really appreciate the tea I’m drinking.

50-59: Decent/Average. Not my preferred flavor profile or something I won’t purposefully go out to buy. It might lack that “Something” in its aroma/flavor/mouthfeel/finish.

40-49: Below average. I don’t really care for this tea and likely won’t have it again.

39 and lower: Gross. Didn’t finish it or refused to drink anymore.


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