Ancient Gan Tong Tea

This tea has been retired/discontinued.

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Brand:Wild Tea Qi
Style:Green Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Yunnan, China
Loose/teabag:Loose

This tea's info last updated: Apr. 3, 2018

Commercial Description

Growing at elevations between 5,000-6,000+ feet high on Wu Liang Mountain where most of the year the sun is shining, the tea reflects this in the taste. It is then dried and stored loosely as to not break the short to medium size relatively dark and twisted leaves. The liquor is a light, golden green with a medium body, notes of toasted rice and wildflowers...

Brewing Instructions: (from Wild Tea Qi)

180°F, 1 teaspoon or 1-3 grams per 4 ounces water, 6 seconds and 4 seconds second brew.

Ratings & Reviews

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Reviewer pic67 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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I brewed this at 180 degrees using short intervals. It smelled very roasty, like a genmaicha. The best steeps were between 2 and 3 minutes. Shorter steeps didn't have enough flavor, and longer steeps had a sharp taste I didn't like. But in the goldilocks range, the tea had a pleasant aroma and flavor. I didn't taste much past the roasty rice notes, but I'm into that so it was fine with me!

Thanks to Alex for the sample!
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Reviewer pic94 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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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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