Monday, January 16, 2012
20 years old Hung Shui Oolong
There are 2 characteristics that set these old Oolongs apart from the old Oolongs that can be found in stores on the island: the high quality of the leaves and a roasting that has faded away. In stores, what we find are mostly left overs, unsold leaves that probably were just average ; and they were roasted frequently, often too much. An collector's aged Oolong, on the other hand, was chosen for its concentration of flavors, how well it was crafted and aging potential. Once stored in a jar, it doesn't have to be roasted again and won't.
- Purity: the leaves are all from the same batch and they have been stored in a clean place,
- Freshness: the leaves keep their elasticity and become green again as they unfold. Most importantly, the tea still has a 'green', fresh taste in the aftertaste.
- Mellow: the tea feels light, sweet and well balanced.
On top of that, aged Oolongs develop extraordinary fine aromas and deep fragrances (wood, incense, raspberry...) that we don't find in young teas. And they connect the present with the past with such grace and energy!