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1990 Lao Cong 老欉

1990 Lao Cong 老欉


 

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Though the term Lao Cong “Old Bush” often designates tea from old plants - similar to the term “Gu Shu” used for Yunnan Pu Er tea trees - in this case Lao Cong is the name of the breed.  Oolongs do not necessarily improve with age the way that white teas and pu ers do; only certain varietals benefit from the oxidation and eventual fermentation that comes with time, and only in the care of an experienced tea master who can re-roast the tea as necessary.  This batch of Lao Cong is half of a commission taken in 1990 by Phoenix tea master Lin Yao Bin’s father.  Ultimately, only half the original order was purchased, and the rest was stored in the Lin family home, to be discovered more than a decade later.  Multiple re-roasts of the batch since then have deepened the charcoal, caramel character of this tea, while nearly 3 decades of age have given it a spicy fragrance with leather and tobacco notes.

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