brandon wrote:JakubT wrote:2003 Dayi Nannuo now, in school. I hoped it would get better - nope. It's not really bad, but it's not too full, sweet, nor tasty - it's like scented wood with a lot of bitterness and some astirngency...
This hasn't been my experience. Tea in this age range is demanding of the brewer to extract the fullness, IMO.
Well, it might be caused by Oxford water which is not the best indeed - but it was quite like that even back in Prague, both with Brita filtered water and tea stove water. I think that good tea of this age is actually quite non-demanding (compared to young puerh) to get it right, given good water - I drink mostly 90s-2005 teas for some time and with most, I have no problem getting them right.
There are some quite tricky teas at that age (and at almost any other age), no doubt, but even when they are not prepared at their best, you can usually see some potential in them - with this 03 Nannuo, I don't see much good - it's just another too dry stored woody tea imho.