Digging up more old tea, I found a tin of a year old dahongpao sitting around, waiting to be consumed. In fact, it might be more than a year old, but I really have no idea at this point because I don’t remember where I got it from. I’d venture to say it’s been in the same tin for almost two years now. Most of it is gone, but some is still there
I did the usual — warmed the pot, filled it up with maybe 75% full dry leaves, and then brewed. The tea comes out a light brown
Not too heavy in colour. The flavours, however, are strong. It’s got an obvious fragrance that is aged a little — a bit of that aged sweetness is creeping in. There’s no sourness of any kind, instead, it’s got a mellow fruity flavour that seems to be buzzing below the surface. The tea has obvious qi, as I was feeling it after one cup, and it’s got a nice rock aftertaste as well as a good throatiness. This is a good dahongpao! Now…. where did I get this again?
I really can’t remember.
Oh well, there’s enough for a few more brews. I also found a box of very high grade dahongpao that I bought about 5 years ago. It hasn’t been opened yet, and I don’t plan on doing so. Perhaps if there’s some great occasion warranting it, but for now… I’ll let it sit in that foil bag for a little longer. I have plenty to drink as it is.
It’s fun going through old teas that you have stashed away.