1979 ‘high roast’ Hung Shui Oolong from Dong Ding

  Relaxing with old Dong Ding Oolong

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Price: $ 25.00

Cultivar: Qingxin (ruanzhi) Oolong
Harvested : 1979

Origin: Dong Ding
Process:Strongly roasted Oolong leaves when the tea was young. Not roasted recently.
Aging: by the tea farmer who had forgotten about this tea.

1. Dry leaves
Usually, Dong Ding Oolong leaves are tightly rolled. However, over the course of 35 years, the leaves will unfurl little by little. They feel very light.The scents are also less powerful, more refined. Dark dry wood, Chinese medicinal herbs... And there are still some roasted scents similar to my high roasted Anxi Tie Guan Yin. Overall, these fragrances are dark, sweet, warm and soft. I should also mention that these dry leaves look and smell so clean that I don't rinse them.

2. Brew
Very good transparency (lack of turbidity) and shine. The color is rather brown and will turn lighter as the brews progress.

3. Taste
When tasted in competition mode (3 grams for 6 minutes in a white porcelain set), the major defect that appeared is a 'Wuyi sour' note. It is typical for aged roasted Oolongs, and this expression was first coined in Wuyi (Fujian) about Yancha. This sour note will disappear after a while and be absorbed by the overall sweet notes of this tea. The aftertaste is long and mild. It leads to a comfortable warm feeling in belly.
When brewed with skill in a gaiwan or in my duanni teapot, the harmony of the taste improves, sometimes dramatically. The sour and mellow notes mix and melt on the tongue.

Some of the wet leaves open up very well and turn even slightly green again! It's interesting to see that 35 years ago, the Dong Ding leaves would be rather small and single leaf with fewer stems, compared to today's leaves.
As tea ages for such a long time, it's a normal part of the process that it should loose some of its original strength and substance. That's why it's important to select a great, powerful tea to age.


Ryan A.

The aroma of this tea is truly exquisite! It smells incredibly sweet with notes of molasses and dried fruits. It has a thick and smooth mouth feel, and has a very complex flavor profile. This tea is one of the best aged oolongs I have ever had.


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