Date this old TGY

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BuckyJ
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Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:14 pm

I found some pretty old Sea Dyke TGY at my local market.

It has distinctive aged oolong character of vanilla/leather/tobacco, woody, with some cooling sensation. Compared to the many aged oolongs that I have enjoyed, I would say it is pretty damn good, but not exceptional.

I found a similar package of TGY for sale on the internet marked as 2007, and the package uses a different terminology for the export company - “Xiamen tea imp. and export co. Ltd”.

This package uses a different name which you can see in the picture.

Does anyone have any info about when sea dyke changed the language for the export co on the packages? There is no date to speak of in English or Chinese.

These packages are pretty inexpensive and I would be happy to swap with interested parties.

Thanks!
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Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:22 pm

sorry, i don't know. but the box graphics and bag style look pretty dated. nice find.
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Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:16 pm

I'm guessing it's from before early 90's, as it is still produced under CNNP Imp. Exp. Corp. Fujian Tea Branch, rather than Xiamen Tea Imp. Exp. Co. as it was later renamed (not sure about the date but around late 80's/early 90's).
But after 60's, when the spelling was China National Native Produce & Animal By-products I&E Corp., Fukien Branch...
EDIT: Looks like China National Native Produce & Animal By-products I&E Corp. was established in 1970 according to http://www.chinatea.com.cn/en/history.html
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Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:18 pm

The flavors you list are not what I have tasted from aged oolongs (e.g., vanilla & tobacco). Interesting!

Is this roasted?

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Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:06 pm

Strictly speaking the only way to verify the age of the tea is to track its provenance. We can verify the age of the box, but it's just a box; there is nothing to prevent someone from putting a foil-lined pouch of tea inside if they think it will cause the tea to be sold more quickly or for more money.

So the best place to start is to ask the grocer, "Who did you buy this from? Do you remember when?" Then go to that person and ask the same question. Try to verify memories with physical documents, such as receipts if it is not too troublesome. Some will be evasive, but others will happily answer your questions.
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