Last January, I was in The Chinaman's 'Da Hong Pao' shop off Jalan Sultan buying Da Hong Pao and other Yan Cha. When I enquired about some brown packets, I was informed it was aged Oolong from 1992, it was a very reasonable price, I bought a packet.
4 Hours later after drinking about a dozen Sheng Puerh in my 'home' tea shop, I asked the owner (ah Ming) if he would brew some of the aged Oolong for those of us at the special table. It was smooth and warming and after a long hot day, and drinking a lot of Sheng it seemed a steal. The following day I went back to the Chinaman's shop and purchased 4 more.
Back at Ah Ming's he informed me that he had something possibly even better which he could let me have for a similar price - this was a few years older and had been agd in Singapore since 1990 - I purchased some of these also, and Scott ( a regular friend and customer of Ah Mings) snapped up 8 packets for himself.
The following visit Ah Ming mentioned he had a tin which might interest me, but only had 1 left - I persuaded Scott that he should let me have it
Back home brewing the Chinaman's I find it smooth, mellow, homogenous and satisfying BUT a little bland - it does not as hercule poirot would say "excite the little grey cells". It varies very little from 1st Infusion to last, and I rarely find myself reaching for it.
I opened the tin that I had purchased from Ah Ming and this has a completely different profile - with a sharp medicinal flavour that I am not altogether fond of until in the later infusions it has thinned out and a weak delicate mineral flavour emerges.
On both teas I have partially satisfied my curiosity, but give me high quality Yan Cha any day.
Tim's note on re roasting aged Oolong (in the What Oolong Are You Drinking Now thread) robbing it of it's 'aged' qualities - did stimulate my little grey cells.
Which of the 2 flavour profiles I have observed would most definitely suffer from re-roasting
the medicinal one
If I finally give up on them in their present form, might a little re-roasting help one or the other