This dancong black tea has been aged for a little over a year (harvested in spring 2017). The Chinese farmers say that this allows the tea to mellow a little bit and the flavors to rise again after the stress of processing. We find this tea to be very earthy, with tobacco notes in the wet leaves and a thick mouthfeel with still traces of astringency on the sides of the tongue. Unfortunately we could not find any black tea that had been aged for more than a year, but we have bought enough with the intention of seeing just how the flavors can mellow and evolve with more time. This tea has lost much of its original dancong oolong flavors, but has turned into quite a unique black tea.