I hope you all have taken advantage of the myriad tea sales on the net and elsewhere. Some sales are continuing until the end of November or into December, so you might want to check on your favorite venders. Having more tea than I can drink in about 5 years, I did not, but it was a terrible temptation.
Today I am trying one of the Tea Trekker's tea, Keemun Mao Feng Premium. This hails from Anhui Province in China and is organic. The leaves are certainly black, twisted, thin and somewhat long. They give off an aroma of oak, earth and cinnamon. I brew it for about 4 minutes with water just off the boil.
This tea is as smooth as silk. It indeed has a very oak wine barrel taste, with just a little hint of spice at the end - it leaves your tongue kind of sparkly.
These two old structures are in Durlach, Germany and date from the 1500s. Europe really understands " Use it, use it up, re-use it." While we were there, we had icecream in a fairly new structure - 1690.