1980's Linkou Lao Cha - Aged Taiwan Oolong Tea
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 stored in sealed containers and re-roasted every three years or so to drive out excess moisture that could otherwise cause musty flavors since storage began in the late 1980's.
This is a tea that is very close to my heart personally because I love getting to visit Master Lo, the man who made this tea, in his very traditional home in Linkou District, to the Northwest of Taipei near the coast. Every time I visit, I get to taste through all of his recent teas (he regularly wins local/regional awards for his various oolongs), and I usually get to eat noodles dressed with the tea seed oil he presses himself from the seeds harvested from his tea fields. It is such a joy for me to be able to sell Master Lo's aged tea.
Harvest: Late 1980's
Origin: Linkou District, New Taipei City, Taiwan
Roast: Dark (5/5)
Packaging: Resealable stand-up pouch
Weight: 50g (1.76 oz)