I loved the 2020 version of this tea (or it might have been 2019). It was a complex and delicious tea that for me was unique from other Taiwanese oolongs I've had and evolved nicely over infusions. 2021 is a nice tea, but to me it tastes quite different from the last year's and does not have the same complexity or uniqueness. I still enjoy it, just not as much.
And I thought the 'Old Master' was one of the best oolongs I've tasted! Amazing nose and taste. No doubt about it, this tea will be become a standard in my house.
I received a sample of this tea with a recent order and tried it immediately, steeped in Purion semi-porous clay for multiple steepings. My initial steeping revealed slightly floral, caramel undertones. The character of the tea evolved over four successive steepings, each as good as but slightly different from the previous one. I generally prefer lightly oxidized oolongs to those more heavily oxidized, but this one won me over. So I've put in my order for a goodly supply. Thank you, Mountain Stream Teas.
A malty and caramel tea that has no equal. It's like good forest honey to me, only more liquid ;)
Delicious tea with brown sugar, caramel and rose like taste. There is a hint of flavor that reminds you of a black tea, but softer and more on the floral side, kind of like rosehip. In the aftertaste there is a bit of honey that reminds me of Teddy Graham cookies a little bit. A sweet and comforting tea perfect for dessert!