Tea: Ancient Gan Tong Tea

A Green Tea from Wild Tea Qi

This tea has been retired/discontinued.

Picture of Ancient Gan Tong Tea
Brand:Wild Tea Qi
Style:Green Tea
Region:Yunnan, China
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Loose?Loose
# Ratings:2 View All

Review of Ancient Gan Tong Tea

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9 of 105 of 55 of 594 of 100
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A tea that really grew on me. At first I didn't know what to make of it, but after drinking a few cups I found myself loving it.

Dry leaf, mildly aromatic but subdued, becomes intensely aromatic when wet. But I find the resulting cup is again more subdued. Although the leaf is green, the brewed cup is dark in color for a green tea.

This tea I found to taste much better when brewed with higher-temperature water.

Mellow, smooth, and vegetal cup, dark for a green tea, both in color and flavor profile. Oolong-like, with a honey-like floral quality, but much more vegetal than most oolongs. Reminiscent of some Darjeeling first flush, as well as green or oolongs from northeast India. When brewed more strongly and with higher temperature water (as I like) a strong toasty aroma emerges, almost like genmaicha or some roasted oolongs.

I found this tea to grow on me greatly as I brewed it several times. It shares some of the qualities I like in common with some of the more herbaceous, greener se chung oolongs.

The price is highish, but not unreasonably so. I think this is a tea that is genuinely worth this price. Not the most accessible tea, but I recommend giving it a chance...don't judge after the first cup but come back to it and see if, like me, your tastes change.

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