Dark Roast 10 Year Aged Tieguanyin

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Oolong Tea
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Butter, Honey, Mineral, Roasted, Wet Rocks, Brown Toast, Char, Cream, Freshly Cut Grass, Herbs, Leather, Moss, Roasted Barley, Roasted nuts, Tobacco, Wood, Raisins, Berry, Coffee, Dark Wood, Earth, Sweet, Tar, Ash, Chocolate, Jam, Vanilla
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Boiling 0 min, 45 sec 5 g 5 oz / 134 ml

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  • “Ahh… it’s so good to sleep in, wake up and not have to go anywhere. It’s unforgivably cold outside, so I’m staying in, making homemade pancakes and drinking this wonderful tea. Today I added extra...” Read full tasting note
  • “This has been a rough & non-productive week for me, for the most part. My desk is piled high with unfinished business, I did almost nothing in my garden all week. OK, I did pick some asparagus,...” Read full tasting note
  • “There’s a lot going on here. The first steepings had a lingering sweetness after the forest floor notes of the initial hit. Later on, the sweetness is gone, replaced by, well, I can’t do better...” Read full tasting note
  • “Hm, wasn’t really my taste personally. I had a hard time picking out flavors apart from the real heavy roast on this one, although it was very smooth. There was that standard mineral/rock...” Read full tasting note

From Verdant Tea

Limited release aged Tieguanyin from Master Zhang is nostalgic and comforting, evoking fruit cake and incense . . .

Master Zhang is making some of the finest Tieguanyin in the world. Based in Daping village at the very highest peaks of Gande, Anxi. His terraced fields are overgrown with wildflowers, and fed by naturally sweet and clear mountain spring water.

Master Zhang rarely releases such mature aged tieguanyin, but when he does, the result is intensely rewarding. His fresh tieguanyin is complex and intoxicating enough as is, so a slow subtle roasting and aging process over ten years brings this level of complexity to its extreme.

The wet leaf’s aroma is intensely nostalgic, reminiscent of the carved sandalwood beads our Buddhist tea mentors carry, along with notes of rose, cinnamon and vanilla.

The tea steeps out with strong notes of spiced rum-infused fruitcake, with its vaporous aroma and raisin-like sweetness. The texture on the palate is similar to a very clean well-aged pu’er.

Later steepings are similar to marzipan cake with an aftertaste of caramel apple and nag champa incense. We were only able to obtain ten pounds of this limited release, so if you love aged Tieguanyin, this is a great opportunity to stock up.

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125 tasting notes

Ahh… it’s so good to sleep in, wake up and not have to go anywhere. It’s unforgivably cold outside, so I’m staying in, making homemade pancakes and drinking this wonderful tea.

Today I added extra leaf and that was a good choice. I used 7 gram for 6 ounces of water. I rinsed the leaves first and waited 1 minute to wake them up. I then steeped for 3/6/10 seconds.

Yummy! The tea tasted amazing from the first steep which was roasty, floral and sweet. By the third steep the tea was full bodied, roasty, floral with notes of caramel and fruit. My unsophisticated palate wasn’t sure what fruit was that. There was a slight astringency developing towards the end of the sip. Very delicious.

I’m going to continue stepping this for the rest of the afternoon and see where else it will take me. :)


Finally posted well… lol When I first posted this note the first paragraph for some unknown reason repeated 4 times and the rest of the note was clumped in one paragraph. I had to rewrite the note to fix that… lol


You’re right about sleeping in and not having anywhere to go being such a wonderful feeling!


Enjoying your couch, miss keychange??

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3283 tasting notes

This has been a rough & non-productive week for me, for the most part. My desk is piled high with unfinished business, I did almost nothing in my garden all week. OK, I did pick some asparagus, onions, & lettuces, & today I finally went out there for an hour & weeded the gazebo, where hopefully tomorrow I’ll plant grapes & kiwi’s. But that’s really pretty much it. Allergies suck!

This tea, on the other hand, is a lovely oasis of delight. I sipped it over the afternoon, & I know I should give some description of it, but I’m brain dead, & I just can’t think of anything to say. Except it is lovely.


You can grow kiwis where you are??? Come to think of it, I have no idea what kind of plant produces kiwis. I’d always imagined a palm-like tree…

Terri HarpLady

The Kiwi’s that will grow in the midwest are also referred to as Kiwi Berries. They are smaller, self-pollinating (although I bought 2, just in case), can handle the freezing weather, & aren’t fuzzy like the ones that come from Down Under. You don’t have to peel them, & they are also suppose to be sweeter, & higher in Vitamin C. They grow on a vine, & I planted them before, but didn’t give them a big enough trellis, & didn’t know what I was doing when it came to pruning them, so I accidentally killed the plant, LOL. We live, we learn, right? I still don’t know what I’m doing, but I think I have a better understanding than before.

I’m planting them on a wrought iron gazebo that’s about 7 feet tall. It has 6 trellis panels, so I’m going to alternate red grape, kiwi, something else…still not sure what, but thinking of passion flower, which makes an edible fruit & grows here…then another red grape, another Kiwi, & another of whatever I end up using for the 3rd fruit. The visual image is of course to be able to go into the gazebo & have all these amazing fruits hanging down, plus a little summer shade. Last year I grew cucumbers on some panels. We’re still eating the cultured dills. My basement frig (nicknamed the Laboratory) has at least a dozen full jars still, along with jars of kimchi, sauerkraut, & other culturing experiments. Also on the Gazebo last year I grew various green beans, sugar snap peas. Underneath all that I had salad greens, radishes, turnips, beets, & parnips. I still have leeks in some of the beds.


Your garden sounds amazing! I just tried kiwi berries a few months ago. They’re really good. Good luck with them this year… :-)

Terri HarpLady

Really? I’ve never seen them in the store, so I’m just going by what I read.
It will be a few years before I actually get any fruit, but I have learned that time goes by quickly, & I’ve already put this project off for a few years. If I hadn’t, I’d be eating them this summer…sigh…


Oddly enough, Trader Joe’s here had them. I’m in the Napa Valley, so we always have a great selection of produce in our grocery stores. They did look and taste very much like kiwifruit (only very small, of course). They seemed to go from perfectly ripe to overripe very fast, though…

Terri HarpLady

I’ll have to check the local trader joe’s, just to see if they have them too.

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142 tasting notes

There’s a lot going on here. The first steepings had a lingering sweetness after the forest floor notes of the initial hit. Later on, the sweetness is gone, replaced by, well, I can’t do better than Verdant’s description of ‘nag champa incense.’

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99 tasting notes

Hm, wasn’t really my taste personally. I had a hard time picking out flavors apart from the real heavy roast on this one, although it was very smooth. There was that standard mineral/rock personality and some sweetness, along with a bit of a cloying dry fruit-ish flavor, but it was kind of flat to me. Definitely had a buttery quality to it though, and it wasn’t bad, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to get it again.

Flavors: Butter, Honey, Mineral, Roasted, Wet Rocks

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479 tasting notes

Prior to this morning I had a little packet of this just sitting in my tea cabinet. I received it as a free sample with an order from Verdant Tea around a couple months ago. With my recent consumption skewing heavily in the direction of black and green teas, I have not had much of a chance to review many oolongs. After working six days straight and dealing with unseasonable cold, however, I decided that I needed something a little heavier to wake me up this morning. It was finally time to break this one out and spend some serious time pondering it.

To brew this tea, I decided on a multi-step Western infusion. Normally, I follow the brewing guidelines suggested by the vendor, but today, I decided to lower the water temperature just a tad. I still kept it within a range acceptable for most oolongs, but the last time I brewed a tea from Verdant, I found that their suggested temperatures are slightly on the high side for my taste. The initial steep times were 2 minutes, 2 minutes, 4 minutes, and 6 minutes. I allowed for an optional final steep of around 8 minutes just in case. I settled on this method because I have had a lot of success with 4-6 step infusions with aged oolongs in the past. I figured one could work here.

First Infusion: The liquor produced was an attractive pale yellow. Mild aromas of freshly cut grass, roasted nuts, minerals, and wood were evident. In the mouth, I found a pleasant mixture of grass, butter, mineral, moss, toast, wood, and herbal notes that were somewhat reminiscent of ginseng.

Second Infusion: The liquor produced was slightly darker than the first infusion. Stronger, brisker aromas of grass, wood, nuts, minerals, and herbs were present on the nose. Complex notes of leather, tobacco, nuts, brown toast, char, butter, wood, grass, roasted barley, wet stones, moss, minerals, herbs, and steamed buns rolled across the palate.

Third Infusion: The liquor produced was about the same color as that produced by the second infusion. Mild toast, roasted barley, butter and mineral aromas were evident. In the mouth, toast, char, butter, roasted barley, nut, moss, stone, herb, steamed bun, and mineral notes began to give way to creaminess.

Fourth Infusion: The liquor produced was slightly paler. Very subtle aromas of grass, roasted barley, and toast were just barely detectable on the nose. In the mouth, very mild notes of grass, barley, toast, nuts, and minerals were chased by creaminess.

I did try a fifth infusion, but there wasn’t much flavor, so I won’t detail its results here.

Overall, I am pleased with this experiment. I think this is really nice as far as aged oolongs go, and fortunately, the roast characteristics aren’t overwhelming. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this tea to those looking for an oolong with a good deal of complexity.

Flavors: Brown Toast, Butter, Char, Cream, Freshly Cut Grass, Herbs, Leather, Mineral, Moss, Roasted Barley, Roasted nuts, Tobacco, Wet Rocks, Wood

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4 tasting notes

Slightly under boiling water, brief rinse (already lots of color in rinse => due to fines?),
1st steeping- roasty, a little fermented/old sock flavor, drying
2nd steeping- rich sweetness, earthy, weird sock aftertaste but less defined
3rd steeping- color mellower, nice thickness body, sweet note similar to golden raisin
4th steeping- lot longer steep time 10-15s, distinct oolong scent, gorgeous taste, starting to hit its stride: nice, syrupy and smooth, wonderful aftertaste
5th steeping- 25-30s, lots of stirring with lid, similar to last one but a bit weaker and watery, roasted barley flavor, very smooth and tasty, great mouthfeel
6th steeping- took 1hr break; 45-50s steep, leaves on bottom brought to top, weaker but syrupy, roasted nutty, spices finish
7th steeping- less water, longer steep time 1:20, very syrupy sweet and nutty
8th steeping- 2:15 min, enjoyed it while it lasted, watery and muted, still syrupy tho

Flavors: Honey, Raisins, Roasted Barley

Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 80 ML

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107 tasting notes

Mmm… So in honour of the looming (and extremely exciting) Aged Oolong group buy, I thought I’d treat myself to a session with this exceptional aged tea!

I know it’s not quite as aged as some of the ones that we’ll be getting, but 10 years still gives this tea a real depth and complexity of flavour – in particular, the woodiness, the spiced-notes, and the lovely, deep, dark flavour! Perfect on such a chilly autumn day :-)

(Incidentally, it didn’t occur to me at the time, but I spotted someone else has tagged “coffee” as a flavour note for this tea; it really does kinda remind me of a “fancy latte” (you know, the really delicious, non-bitter ones that you can get from “artisan” coffee houses??). Delicious :D )

(Also also, I brewed this up in my lovely little Acorn teapot from Verdant – it’s so pretty, and some of the crackles are finally starting to develop a bit of darker colour. Lovely! :D )

Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 4 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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922 tasting notes

This was better than the previously aged Tie Guan Yin I’ve had, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. It has that stained wood quality that I’m not a huge fan of, but that note is made up for by its sweet, cedary character. I really understand why sandalwood would be the comparison for it’s spiciness. I made it gongfu, steaped for 30 seconds after five second rinse, and it is sweet and very similar to coffee, but not in a way that you would expect. It has the roasted, sweet berry acidity of coffee, but it tastes more like a coffee berry than anything else. So, surprisingly fruity. I would probably drink this more often in the winter, but not something that I would buy again. I honestly wanted just a sample, but got the full ounce on sale. I’m not sure if I want to steep it a third time though, because the woodsiness is still holding me back.

I think that this tea deserves a higher rating in quality between a 80-95, but in terms of taste, it’s closer to a 65-70 for me because of preference. It might be good western with cream and sugar, though that may be blasphemy. Maybe there are better ways of brewing it that I haven’t figured out yet.

Flavors: Berry, Coffee, Dark Wood, Earth, Sweet, Tar

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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1107 tasting notes

Finally busted this one out tonight as I ordered hotel reservation for Indianapolis. Apparently without even knowing, there is a convention happening around two miles from my hotel… so I bought a ticket for that :)
Full day of comics, anime, games, cosplay, and general nerding out!

Anyways, I really enjoy my aged oolong teas because they are quite smooth. This one has a nice roasted taste to it and doesn’t leave a dryness in my throat which makes me very happy! Thankfully I have a decent amount of this so I am able to sip away at it for awhile over the next few months.
p.s. that con is called popcon

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503 tasting notes

I was very excited to try this one! I’ve been easing into aged oolongs and this is was recommended to try out. The dry leaf had a very dry chocolate tone, so I thought it to be a little desserty. They were very small brown and black curls. They looked very dry and crumbly. I placed some in my warmed mini Gawain and gave them a shake. My Gawain gave off the scent of raisins. They was no other smell but raisins, hahah. I washed the leaves once and brewed up a cup. The liquor was a deep crimson and had a very roasted aroma. The flavor was incredibly bold. This was a great morning starter! The initial sip was like coffee grounds and charcoal. This was a robust brew and got me going. I was able to get about six steepings out of my Gawain. The flavor kept consistently bold and grew into a more ashy and mineral flavor as the smoke and roasted tastes diminished. I liked this and helped for a Sunday morning riser!


Flavors: Char, Coffee, Raisins, Roasted

Boiling 0 min, 45 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

This sounds amazing.


It was really good! If you’re a coffee drinker then its very simliar, but its wayyyyy better than coffee ;)

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