Old Brick 2007 Aged Yancha

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Being a blend of teas, there aren’t many informations about the material but we don’t think it matters too much to know precise age and cultivar. The tea has strong “chen” (陈,aged) flavor and is quite nice to drink with a cozy and comfortable feeling.
Considering the price it can be an easy to go daily drinker or a good introduction for those wanting to taste aged yancha.

Aged tea might be a bit of an acquired taste so we suggest to try a sample first. Boiling this tea is strongly recommended to bring out the aged flavors warming you up for many brews. Can be also stored for long time.

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Gongfu Sipdown (718)!

It may be pouring rain outside, but I’m feeling nothing but warm and cozy inside right now. I decided to have a late morning/early afternoon session from the comfort of my bed. Brewing very strong this morning (the whole sample tossed into a 70ml pot), so keeping infusions short and to the point.

What teas do you gravitate to on rainy days!? Aside from things that are heavily roasted (Houjicha, Yancha, etc.) I also often will steep up some shou/chenpi or sticky rice scented teas when it’s all rainy out. To be honest, I may still make one of those – just Western style in amug, so I can go sit outside later in the rain and soak all the delicious wet earth smell in.

This tea is deeply nutty with a solid roast – it’s taking ages for this tightly compressed piece to open up, but I’m enjoying the journey. Early infusions have notes of heavily roasted mixed nuts (chestnut, peanuts, almond, hazelnut) and burdock/chicory root, with a warming spice undertone. There is a consistent minerality, and a woodiness to the finish. Starting to evolve into a hint of something fruity, but dense and deep, in the finish: prune or raisin maybe? Some kind of cooked down plum!? I can tell by the end of this session I’m going to be wicked tea drunk!

We’re on steep twelve now and counting – I don’t see this brewing out any time soon!

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Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm9RNjR4IOM


Well, I second your choices for rainy day teas: sticky rice, shou, roasted. Also, powerful and fragrant dianhongs.

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