Description: Aged oolongs are rare in the world of teas. Unlike pu-erhs that change through microbial activity, oolong leaves age naturally. And whereas pu-erh teas are considered "living teas" that must be exposed to air, aged oolongs are often kept sealed as they age. It is more difficult nowadays to find an oolong worth aging, though, as lightly-oxidized, greener oolong is the mainstay. Such tea can age, but the high moisture content in the leaves means it will have to dry out first, and therefore take a long time to reach a nice stage, also passing through a long, awkward and undrinkable phase. Traditionally-processed oolong, on the other hand, is drinkable at any age, including just a few months after it is processed, and only gets better with time. This tea can be quite joyously drunk now or aged and drunk even more happily in some years!
Like the Orchid Tieguanyin, the aged Tieguanyin is a flavorful Chinese tea which is prepared by boiling hot water. The small rolled curled leaves develop into big, beautiful, brown leaves after pouring hot water on them. The difference in the two types Tieguanyin (lao and orchid) is generated by the way of processing. The Tieguanyin Orchid leaves are oxidized until there is an orchid-like aroma and flavor. The Lao Tieguanyin tea is based on the same leaves compared to the Tieguanyin Orchid, but stored and fermented from the year it is produced onwards. Therefore, Lao Tieguanyin has a sweeter and less flowery taste.
This tea was traditionally processed, with heavy oxidation and roast, making it a wonderful and delicious brew right now and also a great candidate for aging. The liquor is bright, sweet and slightly sour, with a bold Qi, complex aromas and is more patient than what you are used to in an oolong. Aged Tieguanyin is rich, complex, bold and delicious with strong Qi and it is patient, lasting many steepings—the perfect companion for a ruddy-faced man studying or meditating!
Brewing Guide: Warm up the tea vessels with the boiling water. Place 7 grams of tea leaves in the warm pot and brew tea leaves with 250ml 100°C / 212°F hot water. Brew time - up to 1,5-2 minutes. The tea leaves should uncurl for full flavor. You can brew it few times.