Monday, February 02, 2009

Unknown Aged Traditional Taiwanese Oolong


Haven't really written any tasting note the past year, so I decided to keep a small pocket journal starting this OX year. Did wrote tasting more often when I started this blog in the beginning, but somehow, got tired of it.... Why, perhaps when I started drinking tea in a tasting/evaluation model, it can go knuckle-head really fast. In other words, boring and uninspiring.... All I wanted is what I want in a tea with my expectation, over-control or even selfishness, and that's no tea drinking fun.

So, my 2 years of re-education, appreciation and humbleness hope will bring me closer to the light.

Stéphane (teamasters.blogspot.com) sent me this in the Spring of last year along with the Eastern Beauty swaps. http://themandarinstea.blogspot.com/2008/04/beautiful-tea.html.
http://themandarinstea.blogspot.com/2008/08/guan-xi-tea.html
I've been keeping it in a safe place, because I want to enjoy it more when I had re-evaluated myself and trying hard not being a hypocrite.

No Idea what this tea is, or the detail history... I think it is a high elevation oolong, and very old.... really well aged. Could be something more than 20 years? Looking at the leaves and smelling the dry tea, I decided to pull out my High Fired, medium thick walled Taiwanese pot.



Leaves:
1. From which vendor, farmer, source.
Stéphane
2. Date of Harvest
Unknown
3. Elevation
Unknown
4. Soil based
Soil not rock
5. Which area
Lishan or Dong Ding
6. Kind
Traditional Oolong
7. Fired level
High
8. Bush age
30yrs +?
9. Grade
medium high
10. breathing tea before brewing
1 week

Brewing vessel, water:
1. Water source
Poland Spring
2. Aged or fresh
Fresh
3. How you boil your water
Electric
4. Temp. for the first 5 steeping
Full Boiling
5. What kind of brewing vessel
Taiwanese clay/high fired/15 yrs old
6. What kind of cup to drink from
Small Japanese Sometsuke 18th Century.

Brewing Parameter:
Amount of leaves / half pot
Rinse time / Flush
Set time / 3mins
Infusing time / flush
Height of water pouring / 9 inches
hitting spots / rim

Result of the brew:
Color / Bright Brandy
Aroma / Chinese medicine. Chan (aged) smell
Texture / Light, clean
Mouth feel / Sweet and refreshing, hitting the sweet spot back of the throat
Effects of the brew / Great mellow chi, like drinking a sheung aged puerh
how many brews / 20s an on going

Weather:
Drinking time of the day / Sunday, 40 degree, 2pm ish
High/low humidity / 50s
Rainy, Snow or sunny / Sunny with snow on ground, light wind.

Afternotes:
1st brew tasted like a vintage puerh, even smell like one. I prefer the effect of the brew after drinking and a nice dry cup smell, more then the initial front of mouth taste.
2nd brew is minty, clean and refreshing, with intense floral started to build up at the back or the throat
3rd brew is amazing fresh sweet prune. Floral, Youth, Pure high mountain shower, light but complex, magnolia flower, very fresh effects
4th on aged citrus peel and lingering sweetness.

Thanks again to Stéphane for another wonderful High Quality Taiwanese traditional tea.

3 comments:

Brett said...

Hi Toki!

I really like the look of that dark reddish brown tea soup. That little photo of the steaming wenxiangbei has inspired to brew up some nicely aged Taiwan oolong of my own.

I appreciate your extremely thorough brewing parameters... but you missed barometric pressure! Just teasing! kudos on another interesting post!

Brett (long time lurker first time commenter)

Stephane said...

I completely forgot that I sent you such an Oolong last year and have no recollection of which one this one could be. But if it's over 20 years, than it's unlikely to be from Lishan.

Anyway, I'm glad you liked it and enjoyed your article a lot. Write to you later!

jtwillobee said...

Nice pot.

 
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