Old Tree Black Tea (2019)

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea Leaves
Flavors
Almond, Apple, Apricot, Blackberry, Brown Sugar, Camphor, Candy, Cream, Creamy, Floral, Flowers, Fruity, Ginger, Leather, Lychee, Meat, Nutmeg, Nutty, Oak, Orange, Orchid, Peach, Pumpkin, Roasted Nuts, Rose, Spicy, Tangy, Umami, Wet Rocks
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Caffeine
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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  • “I wish I had more of this tea, like all the previous Old Tree Black offerings from Old Ways Tea. I had one bag, which I drank during the Steepster Freeze. Old notes, fairly illegible. Like the...” Read full tasting note

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Smooth, with good mineral flavor. Fragrance is mellow, and can remind you of the lichen and mosses that grow on old trees.

This is black tea produced from older trees kept in a wild style. The trees are allowed to grow largely as they wish getting much bigger than normal. The trees are different in two distinct ways. First since they are older trees the roots have reached past the upper soil into the rocks below and can access a broader mineral content than young trees; providing additional flavor complexity. Secondly the wild style trees are denser which provides a micro-climate influencing the lichen, leaves, and shading of the tree.

This old tree black tea comes from the village of Masu (麻粟) high in the mountains above Tongmu village, in Wuyishan City, China. The farms are small and located at an elevation of 1250 meters. The soil is very rocky and the clear cold streams fast flowing. The trees are said to be roughly 60 years old; although with matters of age it can be hard to verify the claims. I am satisfied and happy to offer this tea for your enjoyment.

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I wish I had more of this tea, like all the previous Old Tree Black offerings from Old Ways Tea. I had one bag, which I drank during the Steepster Freeze. Old notes, fairly illegible.

Like the other 3 years I’ve had (2016, 2017, 2018), this one had a great, complex strength in aroma and taste. It reminded me most of the 2018 harvest, and I think that’s because there was an umami quality present in this one that wasn’t there in the 2016 and 2017 harvests.

Main taste profile included pumpkin candy, wet rocks, sunflower seeds, rose-orchid-sunflower florals, almond, blackberry, antique wood, malt, bright leather and a tangy apricot-orange tone. Creamy finish with lychee, morphing into apple and peaches and cream. Long lasting floral aftertaste developed vapors of nutmeg that grew stronger. Ginger heat, camphor cool.

I can’t recommended the Old Tree Black teas enough if you’re willing to pay for a treat! These teas deserve attention and would be a fun learning experience for anybody wanting to develop their palate and understand complexity.

Flavors: Almond, Apple, Apricot, Blackberry, Brown Sugar, Camphor, Candy, Cream, Creamy, Floral, Flowers, Fruity, Ginger, Leather, Lychee, Meat, Nutmeg, Nutty, Oak, Orange, Orchid, Peach, Pumpkin, Roasted Nuts, Rose, Spicy, Tangy, Umami, Wet Rocks

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Martin Bednář

I don’t mind they are “old”, especially wwhen they aren’t that much. Great Steepster freeze is not that far away :)
I remember, when I did my fist steps with loose leaf, I have even talked to Old Ways Tea owner. I thought about ordering some, but shipping was too high for me back then.

ashmanra

I loved the Old Ways Teas I have tried.

gmathis

Your ability to chase down so many flavor sensations never fails to amaze me. I think I’ve just burnt my taste buds out permanently with my beefy black breakfast stuff ;)

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