Wuyi Black Tea (2020)

Tea type
Black Tea
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Flavors
Black Currant, Brandy, Brown Toast, Cedar, Cinnamon, Drying, Floral, Honey, Leather, Malt, Mineral, Orange, Orange Zest, Orchid, Peach, Stonefruit, Sweet Potatoes, Tangy, Wood
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  • “Prepared western. Dry leaf smells like sandalwood in the bag; in my hand, like malted barley, brown toast, currants and cinnamon. The brewed aroma is full of orchid with honeyed and brandied...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Gongfu! It’s soon to be a Yancha party at the strange household – my Christmas gift to myself was a ton of samples from Old Ways Tea to drinking over the break and heading into the new year. I...” Read full tasting note

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Smooth and sweet. Does not easily become bitter, and can take the heat. The tea has a slight grass and honey fragrance that tends towards flowers. Dry leaves have a nice honey fragrance. This tea is an easy to brew, clear and straightforward tea that is enjoyable to drink.

Note: The weighing machine was out of calibration when these bags were packed. They are actually about 4.5g each. The price takes this discrepancy into account.

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Prepared western. Dry leaf smells like sandalwood in the bag; in my hand, like malted barley, brown toast, currants and cinnamon. The brewed aroma is full of orchid with honeyed and brandied stonefruit, and that moves toward orange-honey and orange zest with the second steep. The cup is tangy, slightly syrupy and bright with sweet potato, leather and orange tones. As the orchid returning aroma persists and grows after the swallow, so does a distinct dryness that I find troublesome. However, as the orchid fades in the coming minutes, a dry, perfectly ripe peach aftertaste develops – my gourd is that awesome!

I can see why this is the least expensive black tea offered by Old Ways Tea. While it has a face-filling aroma and drawn-out and developing aftertaste, there are some flaws. One being the disconnect between the aroma and aftertaste. Between those two lies the tea, and what’s there isn’t necessarily complex in taste or mouthfeel. Another issue being how dang drying it is. After the second cup I feel like I’m chewing on wood.

Okay, okay, so I haven’t brought this tea into the most positive light, but it is after all a budget Wuyi black. And because I’ve tried so many of Old Ways Tea’s more costly black teas, I’ve developed a snobbish baseline for Wuyi hongcha. In the case of their black teas, price does seem to correlate directly with quasi-objective quality. HOWEVER! This tea’s aroma and aftertaste have so much going for them with their strength and freshness that I believe this would be a good, affordable step into OWT’s catalog. This is worth getting a few bags to play around with temperature.

Flavors: Black Currant, Brandy, Brown Toast, Cedar, Cinnamon, Drying, Floral, Honey, Leather, Malt, Mineral, Orange, Orange Zest, Orchid, Peach, Stonefruit, Sweet Potatoes, Tangy, Wood

ashmanra

I have had a couple of their teas and they were great. I need to look into having more of them on hand. Love your descriptions here.

derk

Their teas are great for a treat!

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Gongfu!

It’s soon to be a Yancha party at the strange household – my Christmas gift to myself was a ton of samples from Old Ways Tea to drinking over the break and heading into the new year. I started with a black tea instead of an oolong yesterday, though.

Beginning my day with some Gongfu definitely through off my advent routine for the day, but it was worth it because this deeply hit the spot. Plus, it was the last “proper” advent tea day, so I didn’t mind scrambling so much later in the day. This tea liquor steeps syrupy with notes of brandied stonefruits, jammy plums, leather, honey, a tiny bit of floral orchid in the undertones. Coating, sweet and full bodied! A great prelude to the FINAL day of advent season!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CJL-s31A-QH/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbtkwavP-A0&ab_channel=Poppy

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