Friday, September 23, 2005

12-year Aged Oolong

Some of you will have seen these tasting notes already on Teamail, but I figured that cross-posting them here is okay. I'll be posting a couple of older tasting notes, but new reviews are coming soon. :)

12-year aged Oolong, Hou De Fine Tea

Rinsed, then brewed for 1 minute. Water temp apprx. 195
Color: a deep red tone, almost mahogany

Taste: darker, deeper, not smoky but quite “toasty” – a more roasted flavor than I had expected (but then, I really had no idea what to expect). There is another sweeter flavor that comes through behind the roasted tones, but I can’t quite place it. I suppose it’s more floral than fruity, but in a subtle way. It reminds me of the hint of clover and blackberry flower tones in the honey I buy at a local farmer’s market (not the honey flavor itself, but that taste behind it).

Second brewing, 2 minutes: I’m finding that I actually like this more as the water cools a bit. The second brewing was just as toasty in taste and aroma, but the floral taste mellowed.

Third brewing, 3 minutes: Still holding up – the color is still a light red-brown, and the toasty flavor is quite prominent. With the third rebrewing, I really started to ponder the “musty” notes to the tea. This is not a bad thing, but an intriguing one. It reminds me of lovely hours spent in second-hand bookstores and university archives (yup, I love old books). Now, the tea does NOT taste like old books, but there is a definite musty-aged sensation that is quite pleasant.

Out of curiosity, I left the used leaves in water overnight. The leaves are quite durable, almost elastic or rubbery in texture. I
wanted to see if they would unfurl and soften after soaking for a while nope, not at all. They hold up to water in an amazing way. Oh, and the water was reddish-brown, still with the roasted aroma. Very interesting!


Yi-Chun Hwang said...

Thank you very much for the nice description :-). I feel like trinking tea with you...

Now I am now really curious about what kind of the Oolong it was.

U-Yi? Or typical Oolong from Fujian? Taiwan?

Some hint for comparing will be highly appreciated.

Yi-Chun Hwang said...

Oh hi! Sorry, I have visited the Hou De Homepage now!

I think according to the form of tea grains, it must be a tippy Oolong, maybe a typical sort of Oolong tea brush in Taiwan???

Now I have solved the question myself. Embarrassed! :-P