Dabo (Uncle) (2020)

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Apricot, Dried Fruit, Drying, Honey, Nuts, Peach
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From Old Ways Tea

大伯 (Dàbó) literally “Uncle” is a larger leaf black tea. Said to be produced for generations, this tea was made from larger leaves of older trees.

Harvest on May 20th, a sunny day. Some definite dry texture with a mellow fruit and grass fragrance. Imagine a trip to an old countryside house.

I asked my cousin to take a few photos of the garden and the leaves when he harvest the tea. Those are the last few photos.

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Posting it here despite the fact that it is a 2021 harvest: there are not enough reviews for Old Ways Tea to split them by year.

Since I did not buy a lot of it I prepared it western style and was rather stingy with the amount of leaves. However, this tea performed quite well. Huge leaves produced a very satisfying aroma of dried fruit, apricot and bread. The soup was on the paler side.

The taste has been captured well by the previous reviewers: dried fruit (apple, apricot, peach), dark honey, nuts, sunflower seeds, some satisfying dryness. There was plenty of complexity and a long pleasing aftertaste. A lot of energy too. It reminded me of Jin Jun Mei (dryness), teas with snow chrysanthemum, and Red Temple from Whispering Pines.

All in all, this is a tea without any obvious flaws, with a unique and well-balanced taste. It comes to the personal preferences: some folks may find it solid, some – great, and I would be surprised if anyone will be outright disappointed.

Flavors: Apricot, Dried Fruit, Drying, Honey, Nuts, Peach

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Drank this one for Lunar New Year! The aromatics of this tea are kind of insane; reminds me of stewed purple fruits, leather and musk, and different kinds of incense and woods. This translates into the taste, for the most part – there’s a bit more emphasis on the oakier wood notes and the deeper raisin and stewed fruit notes are more of a persistent undertone than a main tasting note. I also get plenty of caraway, buckwheat honey, and dark spice notes with a bit of a rosey floral back end taste. It’s not an overall sweet session, though there are sweeter elements. I find it very, very grounding and it’s a bit hard to focus on anything else as I sip given how gently commanding this profile is.

Tea Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cnusx-ju_lp/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xd2zg3HisM4

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