I went to see Aaron Fisher today again at Miaoli. I don’t think I’ll ever go to Miaoli if I didn’t know anybody there. It’s a small town halfway down to Taichung, and it doesn’t have a lot to offer. But hey, if there’s another tea head there, I’ll go.
Especially if said tea head brews up a nice roasted Taiwan oolong (sweet, mellow, nice aftertaste), followed by a late 70s/early 80s dry stored Xiaguan iron cake (it’s fun when the stuff still taste kinda young when it’s closing in on 30, with a mix of aged and young characteristics — proof that iron cakes can probably benefit from wetter storage), then on to the Blue Label (very nice), and then finishing with a 1930s Liu An (BBB, I see why you love this stuff). Thank you, Aaron. They were all great.
Meanwhile we talked about things tea related, and I also watched him cleaning an old pot he just got using some Japanese pot-cleaning stuff, which he gave me a few packs of to clean my pots. Time to experiment.
I didn’t sleep well last night, and so my tea endurance was a little lower than usual, but it was a good day drinking tea. He also sent me off with a bunch of samples — more on those later 🙂