- I've never heard of them before.
- Their Baozhong was bought directly from a farmer they trade with - they also stock a fresh Baozhong from the family.
- It's very affordable for an oolong with 25 years of age, only $10 for a 25 gram packet.
- It was one of the first things that popped up on Google.
Enough idiotic buzzwords (my SEO is going to be OFF THE CHARTS!!!!!), let's get to the tea.
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The dry leaves are long, thin, and wiry, just like a Dancong's dry leaves. There's a good amount of earth in the dry leaf aroma, complimented by some fruit and chocolate. After a quick rinse (this is what I use), the leaf begins to smell fruitier. And what about the liquor? It's a dark orange and it smells amazing. It smells exactly like apple pie filling, warm apples, sugar, and sweet spices.
The fruit translates over to the flavor, apples, spice, and some earth (duh, it's from 1989). It's not bitter or roasty at all, and it has a slight sourness that compliments the
apple notes I get from this tea. I feel that a lot of aged oolongs are ruined by improper storage or excessive roasting/re-roasting, so this one is a standout. The sourness gets more intense as the tea cools down, so drink it while it's hot (I'm sure it won't be hard to gulp this down... this is one of the best things created in 1989, not unlike Seinfeld or the famous Energizer Bunny).
HOWEVER...this tea dies pretty quickly. After the 3rd steep it becomes kind of weak, although this may be because I wasn't steeping long enough or maybe 5g/100ml wasn't enough leaf. Either way it's pleasant and I'd definitely consider buying it. Competition is afoot though, as Floating Leaves listed an Aged Baozhong for $10 an ounce as a base price...that doesn't include their significant discounts at larger quantities.
Overall this is a very good tea, that unfortunately doesn't have much staying power, although that may have been on my part. A good candidate to western steep!
P.S. The packaging was quite nice. Here are some pictures I decided to take in the middle of my savage and uncivilized Opening Of The Packet (note that I don't have a Macintosh computer, it's a knockoff of the Apple Wireless keyboard made for Windows machines
...it's wired as well.)