Heavenly Turn

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 g 7 oz / 200 ml

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  • “My last tasting of a sample received in Fall 2020. 12/18/2020 mid morning bowl tea. Listening to Jazz and working in tandem. I’m very new to charcoal roasted oolong – very complex flavor. Rich. I’m...” Read full tasting note

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Heavenly Turn is a beautiful charcoal-roasted, traditionally-processed oolong from Central Taiwan. Traditionally, oolong tea was oxidized between forty and seventy percent. Nowadays, a lot of oolong tea in Taiwan and elsewhere is lighter. They say that each stage of the tea processing should enhance the tea without leaving a trace of itself, so the roasting should not leave a roasty flavor in other words. This tea is roasted superbly, with a strong and bright aftertaste that lingers in the mouth for many minutes after you swallow.

It takes great skill to charcoal-roast a tea, as you must first master the fire. The same is true for using coals instead of electric heat for tea preparation—you cannot just set the temperature and relax. You have to first master the skill of selecting the right charcoal that won’t smoke, and then practice for years to master using the ash to control the temperature to the precise degree desired. Even then, the formula taught to you or refined from decades of experience won’t be applicable to this tea and this charcoal. You will have to monitor it carefully, which means you will also have to be very sensitive to the chemical changes in the tea and the corresponding appearance and aromas, examining and smelling the tea at regular intervals to know when to adjust the coals/ash and when the tea is roasted to the desired degree.

Heavenly Turn is uplifting, gentle and bright. It is flavorful, rich and opening. It nourishes the digestion and leaves you energized and satisfied. There are deep aromas that go on, luring you deeper into your cup after it is emptied and seeming to lead down a trail well beyond where your nose can travel.

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My last tasting of a sample received in Fall 2020.
12/18/2020 mid morning bowl tea.
Listening to Jazz and working in tandem.
I’m very new to charcoal roasted oolong – very complex flavor. Rich.
I’m reminded of coffee. I’m reminded that darker roasted oolong should remain a staple in my collection. Chance just has it that this type of teas seems to dance well with graceful-lumbering jazz. What is a word that describes lumbering, but graceful?

Mmmm, this feeling of chocolate is pleasant.
I wish there was a way to categorize my cupboard in Steepster so I could group similar teas together – create “shelves”

200 °F / 93 °C 3 g 7 OZ / 200 ML
White Antlers

An expression I love is the French ‘jolie laide’-which roughly translates to “beautiful-ugly.” It’s a term that embraces the unconventionally beautiful for whom we need a second look to fully recognize the charm of their oddities. So that could encompass ‘lumbering, but graceful.’


Thank you for the offering! I think I’m after something slightly different. I want to describe the slow, bumbling of lumbering, but eloquence/grace as well. Maybe leisurely… The “ugly” aspect of jolie laide is the part I’m hesitant on. Either way, thanks again for the thought – and expansion of my vocabulary!

Cameron B.

I think leisurely is nice, or maybe deliberate?


Thanks Cameron. Happy Holidays/Merry Christmas!

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