|Some of the jars that will be available for sealing tea|
Green goes to earthy dark, similar to puer. Sometimes, even tea experts can be fooled into thinking that an aged oolong is an aged or cooked puer tea. It changes that much. Some experts believe that the greenest oolongs are the best for aging. The transformation that they undergo seems the most dramatic.
Another issue is that of necessity. This is also a question of restraint. If we seal away a favorite tea, it would be very difficult to stop my urge to drink up the tea long before 20 years has passed. Also, remember that the tea will be transformed, so why change what you like now? Enjoy what you enjoy. This is not to say that we don't enjoy the tea that we are sealing, it just means that once sealed, we can enjoy not drinking it. Instead, we can enjoy the anticipation.
With the question of aging often comes the question of roasting. Some people say that as a tea is aged, it should be roasted every year to remove some of the moisture that is absorbed into the tea over a year’s time. Roasting is an art. There are so many ways to achieve one’s desired results. We have gone another route with regard to aging and roasting, partly due to our lack of experience with roasting tea, but mostly based on information obtained through several visits with aged tea connoisseurs.
Aged tea is strange because a tea can change in so many different ways. We are fans of just letting the tea sit. It should sit in a place where it will not be exposed to direct sunlight, strong odors, and will not have to be moved often. It would be best to keep it in a place that is dark, dry, and cool. Regarding the storage vessel, tea will change differently in different materials. We recommend jars as the optimal choice. If tea is sealed in a jar, it does not have to be air tight.
|Storage seals are signed to further document the event.|
After aging for twenty years, it would be practical to roast the tea a bit at a low temperature for a certain amount of time to cook off some of the storage energy. In a sense, this works to awaken the tea from its energetic storage state.
About the Dragon Label: Local artist Eliza Lenore designed the tea labels for this event. The dragon was chosen as a time marker, as this zodiac sign happens once every twelve years. In this case, the dragon has been shaped into the image of the J in our J-TEA logo.