1996 Fujian Se Zhong

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec 4 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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  • “From the aged oolong buy: I started with 1 minute steeps and worked my way up, b/c flash steeping oolong never works for me. Also used a gaiwan. I agree with LP – the aroma is just “no.” Also...” Read full tasting note
  • “ from the aged oolong group buy* !st steep at 200F (1 m): Very sweet and smooth. Flavor reminds me a bit of a nougat candy, though not exactly. This is very good. 2nd (60s): Interesting aroma:...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This was the second aged oolong that I drank yesterday and it was the first to disappoint me. Water hit 90c and I was ready to start the session. Washed the leaf briefly and the aroma hit me…. no...” Read full tasting note
  • “Thank you Liquid Proust for doing all the work for the aged oolong sampler. This one is fairly smooth with no roast flavor. I’d say it has a whiskey note to tell you the truth but without the punch...” Read full tasting note

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107 tasting notes

From the aged oolong buy:

I started with 1 minute steeps and worked my way up, b/c flash steeping oolong never works for me. Also used a gaiwan.

I agree with LP – the aroma is just “no.” Also agree with Allank that there’s definitely a whiskey note to the flavor, and with Jim in that it’s a very complex and interesting tea.
Based on the appearance and aroma I assumed it would have a roasty flavor, but it doesn’t. It’s actually quite smooth. Whiskey is really bang on. I actually quite like it. After three steeps, the flavor starts to evolve; it becomes slightly sweet, even a little fruity. And then it fades. Fifth (sixth?) steep was 2 minutes and the flavor was very meh, so for my last steep I went all the way to 5.

I’ve never had a tea like this one, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to try it. I have enough for one more session, I think I’ll try it in my clay pot and see how it affects the flavor.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 g 3 OZ / 75 ML
Cwyn

Sounds interesting!

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from the aged oolong group buy*

!st steep at 200F (1 m): Very sweet and smooth. Flavor reminds me a bit of a nougat candy, though not exactly. This is very good. 2nd (60s): Interesting aroma: I think I’m smelling the roast, but it’s much more complex than I’m used to. Taste is big: opens up in the mouth, then collapses into a really nice finish. The flavor is dried fruit: raisins, dates. Slightly bitter as the cup cooled. 3rd (60s): The nose is richer than before but the taste has faded a bit. Not weak; just less powerful than the second steep. The finish is still complex, powerful and long, with just a hint of bitterness. I’m also feeling some cha qi. 3 more steeps were fairly nice but not special.

Another very interesting tea. My rating is more a grade for being interesting as being pleasant to drink, though I did enjoy the flavor. I’m thinking of buying more.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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This was the second aged oolong that I drank yesterday and it was the first to disappoint me.

Water hit 90c and I was ready to start the session. Washed the leaf briefly and the aroma hit me…. no :(
I ended up sipping and throwing out six steeps. This tea taste like dirt to me, just like cheap ripe pu’erh taste like.

I’m hoping that others may enjoy this though because I tried 10s, 15s, 30s, 45s… nothing worked. I don’t think it was the 90c water, amount of leaf, or timing. Can’t always have a great cup I suppose.
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Rich

Interesting… I have the 1994 version and it is really good. I will try this soon.

Liquid Proust

I don’t think I’m doing anything wrong… maybe it just isn’t my cup of tea.

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Thank you Liquid Proust for doing all the work for the aged oolong sampler. This one is fairly smooth with no roast flavor. I’d say it has a whiskey note to tell you the truth but without the punch of real whiskey. That is just my best explanation for the notes in this complex tea. Someone else may have a better explanation as to the main notes of this tea. I steeped it twelve times and there was little bitterness to it. I’m not getting much in the way of cha qi here but maybe it will hit me later.

I steeped this twelve times in a 60ml gaiwan with 4g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 454 sec, 1min, 1.5 min, and 2 min.

Preparation
Boiling 4 g 2 OZ / 60 ML
tea123

Any particular whiskey or whisky?

AllanK

Can’t specify any particular whiskey, that is just what the note made me think of. As I haven’t drank whiskey in 25 or 30 years it would be hard to get specific anyway.

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