2002 Aged Taiwanese Oolong Yilan
2002 Yilan Baozhong

2002 Yilan Baozhong

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There are some teas that are just endlessly complex and rewarding, and the 2002 Yilan Baozhong is one of them. We can't get enough of this tea!

Unlike many aged oolongs from Taiwan, which are re-roasted every few years to remove sour flavors, this 2002 Yilan Baozhong has been kept unroasted the whole time. The teamaker decided early on to store the tea like this, allowing it to capture the natural fluctuation of the seasons for almost 20 years in Taiwan.

As a result, the 2002 Yilan Baozhong has a fruity, fermented aroma like heicha or pu'erh. This is because of active microbes in the tea that can live because the tea has been kept unroasted. Deep and rewarding to explore.

This is tea changes a lot based on the brewing style, with common notes of stonefruit, date, and raisin.

The farm from which this was made has now become overgrown, but even in 2002 this tea was cultivated completely naturally with no pesticides or fertilizers.

Origin: Yilan, Taiwan

Harvest: Spring 2002

Notes: stonefruit, date, and raisin

Country Type of tea Rinse  Water Temp 1st steep 2nd steep 3rd steep
China Green No 190ºF / 88ºC 15 sec 10 sec 20 sec
China Aged white Yes 205ºF / 96ºC

1 min

15 sec

25 sec

China Classic white No 175ºF / 80ºC 30 sec 15 sec

30 sec

China Twisted oolong No 205ºF / 96ºC 30 sec 15 sec 20 sec
China Rolled oolong No 205ºF / 96ºC 45 sec 15 sec 20 sec
China Small leaves black No 205ºF / 96ºC 15 sec 25 sec 35 sec
China Big leaves black No
205ºF / 96ºC
45 sec 15 sec 30 sec
China Shou puerh Yes
205ºF / 96ºC
30 sec 15 sec 30 sec
China Heicha Yes
205ºF / 96ºC
30 sec 15 sec 30 sec
China Sheng puerh Yes

190ºF / 88ºC

30 sec

20 sec

30 sec

China Sheng puerh Yes 205ºF / 96ºC
15 sec
10 sec
15 sec