22/05: 2013 Spring Tea Trip, Part VII

Is it worth the hundreds of dollars to buy an aged tea? There are so many talks about this ...

In early May I was planning to go to Guangzhou and HK to seek some 'wet storaged' teas - people often took them as 'aged' tea. But I did not do it because ...

I got a few very good samples of the 'aged' tea right here in my Kunming apartment (I had almost forgotten about them). I got them back in 2007-2008, I considered them very good, treated them as the de facto representives of good 'aged' teas.

An 'aged' tea was generally a Pu-erh tea that had been stored for more than 20-30 years, or it went through a 'wet storage', and then 'processed into dry' to feel like an 'aged' tea (some people in HK and Guangzhou knew how to do this kind of stuff), it brewed like a light fermented/ripe Pu-erh, the soup is reddish, sweet with a trace of mold. So many so-called tea experts spoke highly of it, you had to believe it was the best. Now you had to pay up to $ 100 for the part of it, and felt happy.

I am a different kind tea person these days, and I am going to take a fresh look on the matter.

Let's brew them up and compare.

After a few days with a number of 'aged', green, and ripe samples, I came to a decision not to go to Guangzhou and HK to pursue these so-called 'aged' teas. They are not worth it!

The best 'aged' tea to me is a decent ripe Pu-erh at the 1/10th of the cost. Most of these 'aged' teas offer little extra than a good ripe Pu-erh tea, in addition, I don't like a tea that is moldy with strange aroma, sometime a bad throat feeling. People spent the hundreds of dollars for this? What a joke.

That said, I am continuing my search for some decent ripe Pu-erh teas, right here in Kunming.

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