Good tea does not mean that the tea has to be expensive.
If you had been reading my blog, you would had known that I sometimes bring some old Sea Dyke tea to tea meet ups and gatherings with friends. A few of my tea friends had claimed to had accumulated vast knowledge on oolong appreciation, and more often than not, will often look down on oolong brands like Sea Dyke. labelling them as cheap, inferior supermarket teas. I will usually not tell my friends much about the tea I had brought for such gatherings.....just brew the tea and enjoy the tea. A few oolong 'experts' will often liked the Sea Dyke tea and they go into a state of disbelief when they found out that they had drank Sea Dyke. Many of my friends were similarly also 'tricked' thinking my older Xiaguan iron cakes were very expensive old pu erh after a tasting session (old Xiaguan tea are getting expensive and now harder to find this past 2 years).
I just opened a 2010 Sea Dyke red tin Ti Kuan Yin. Such tea by local law had to have a expiry date, in the case 2013; where the tea are allowed to be for sale for 3 years from production. This oolong was high roasted (the Sea Dyke shui hsien are heavy roasted ). The aroma is pleasant, like a bouquet of dried flowers, almost perfume like. Smooth and pleasant. The 11 years of storage had given the tea a mild aged taste as well. Good for 6 infusions.
This tea was easy to store. I had just kept the tea in its original packaging and had kept it away for many years in my storeroom. I would like to suggest that you buy a couple of tins every year for the next 10 years and you will a nice stash of old oolong to drink for the following 10 years.
I like this tea. Inexpensive. Cheap and good.
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