Baozhong teas are rarely aged, which makes a tea like this one extremely special. The fact that the quality of this one is so high, makes it doubly so! Florals, dark fruit and the hint of sweet grass seem to waft in and out of the more familiar 'Aged Oolong' type of esoteric flavors of book cases and age. Each steep is fascinating mix of these flavors. And each steep is different. Made with the rare Foshou cultivar, this one is really something special.
We will be keeping some of this tea behind to drink together with our friends in Pinglin this spring. Aged teas like this one are rare, and it is one of the many joys of the tea world to share amazing teas with those that can appreciate them.
**The authenticity of aged teas is always an issue as there are many bad actors in the space. This tea was purchased from the same place as many of our aged teas, a famous and very respectable company that specializes in Puer and other aged Oolongs. Given the the source and our own experiences in tasting over 100 aged Oolongs over the years, this tea is as authentic as it gets.
Status: Conventional Farming
Season: Spring 1994
Cultivar: Foshou Oolong
Region: Pinglin, New Taipei
Recommend Brewing Style:
Gong Fu Style: 3-5g per 100ml, ~100C water, 20, 30, 30 then add 5-10 seconds steeps in gaiwan.
Western Style: Not recommend for western style brewing