This is an almost 20 year year old raw pu erh tuo. This tea is a Singapore stored tea.
In spite of the hot and humid climate this tea has only shown only some mellowness. This tea is an extremely strong tea. I had thoughts that this tea would be mellow and smooth after almost 20 years of storage but No!. This tea still has bitterness with an astringent bite in the aftertaste. I have drank many old pu erh of this age. Most of the tea would had demonstrated a nice mellowness; reduced smokiness like a wisp of smoke, less harshness and quite easy to drink......but this tea is strong and bold after 20 years. Hair curling experience. I like.
But I digress.....I had blogged about newer pu erh tea. Many of these tea are ready to drink or 'can drink now'. I suspect this is due to a change of pu erh tea processing that made the new pu erh tea less harsh or less astringent. The newer tea now almost taste like a fresh green tea. Yes, even with a sweet and pleasant aftertaste. It is quite enjoyable. Like the famous saying 'same same but different'. I had stated that I am unsure how this new tea will age but I dare say that it cannot be stronger in taste and aroma than it it is now. A tea cannot be stronger taste after storage. There will be some mellowing out of flavours after storage. I can Imagine that the 2003 Langhe was very difficult to drink when new. Just my 2 cents of thoughts.
Back to my hair curling 2003 Langhe tea.