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Linkou Lao Cha - Late 1980's Aged Taiwan Oolong Tea
Linkou Lao Cha - Late 1980's Aged Taiwan Oolong Tea


 
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Weight: 50g (1.76 oz)
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This tea's dry leaves are a moderately tight-rolled, semi-ball shape. The fragrance of the dry leaves is very clean and toasty with hints of toasted nuts and a slight touch of cocoa. When infused, the moderately thick, clear red/brown liquor is roasty-toasty and very clean with a distinct "tea taste," hints of dried stone fruit (peaches, plums, etc) and just a touch of cocoa in the pleasantly lingering finish. It has been perfectly stored in sealed, glazed clay jars and re-roasted religiously every three years to drive out excess moisture that could otherwise cause musty flavors since storage began in the late 1980's, resulting in a totally non-funky aged tea.
Details
Harvest: Late 1980's
Origin: Linkou District, New Taipei, Taiwan
Roast: Dark
Weight: 50g (1.76 oz)

Average Rating: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 2 Write a review »

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
Late 80s aged Taiwan oolong November 15, 2014
Reviewer: Josh T.  
I really enjoyed this tea. Aging teas can go awry, but this one has a nice balance of roast and floral notes. I'm not a huge fan of Wuyi (usually highly roasted) teas, so this is quickly becoming my fall go-to

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A fantastic tea September 23, 2014
Reviewer: Charles from Edmond, OK United States  
Brewed gongfu just off of boil.
Rinse, rest 60,  20, 15, 15, 20, 30, 45, 60, 1:15, 1:45, 2:15, 2:45 and longer

Aroma:  This tea has a fantastic aroma of toasted hazelnut and cocoa which tails off around the 8th infusion.  

It starts out crisp, but by the 4th infusion has mellowed out to silky smooth medium body.
(You can pick up some astringency on the second infusion if you let it run longer, but it is not unpleasant at all.)

There are definitely teas tastes with an underlying sweetness and a bit of spice on top.
There is a lingering aftertaste that evolves over the infusions. I get plum and guava.

In the 8th and later infusions, the result is less complex.  Basically a faint cocoa with with hints of tea and the underlying sweetness in a silky body.  No longer great, but still pretty good.

This is not a tea that hits you over the head with its flavors, rather it seduces you.

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