2009 Full Roast Aged Tie Luohan

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Black Tea
Flavors
Coffee, Fishy, Honey, Tea
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Caffeine
Medium
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “This was an expensive tea, unique, aged, with interesting notes, and I toyed with buying some for a while, before requesting a sample. I brewed it gong fu for amounts increasing from about ten...” Read full tasting note
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From Verdant Tea

This aged Tie Luohan (or Iron Arhat) is one of the four famous varietals that define Wuyi oolong teas. Originally roasted and finished over several months in 2009, the Li Family has carefully re-roasted and rested this tea each year over the past eight years. Each meticulous hand-firing process takes over sixteen hours, and in total this tea has been fired fourteen times for deep intense texture and powerful aftertaste.

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This was an expensive tea, unique, aged, with interesting notes, and I toyed with buying some for a while, before requesting a sample. I brewed it gong fu for amounts increasing from about ten seconds, using five grams, 8 ounces of water at about 200 degrees Fahrenheit. The recommendation on the website is to start at five seconds and add three every time, which may give the tea slightly longer longevity, but I can’t imagine it would eliminate the detractors to any great extent.

Firstly, this tea is pretty cool, whatever else you can say about it. I got six steepings out of it, and there were definitely some of the coffee like notes present, as advertised, as well as other complex savory flavors. It is nicely aged and instantly cooled and tingled my mouth and lips. It has excellent qi, and left me feeling very “tea drunk” if you will. At it’s highest moments, it was sublime, and I loved it.

Now for the low moments. There’s really just one bad thing. Something that I have noticed in aged teas but never like in this one. It smelled and tasted like fish. Not every time I drank it, not every steeping, but enough of it that I found it to be very off putting, and would prevent me from ever buying a full ounce. Which is too bad, because otherwise it was really outstanding.

I would recommend the full roast big red robe which is similar, but without any detractors!

Flavors: Coffee, Fishy, Honey, Tea

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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