Sonboling Organic Wu Yi "Baron" Charcoal Roasted Oolong Tea - Summer 2019

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Forest Floor, Fruity, Green
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
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Certification
Organic
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Average preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec 7 g 6 oz / 165 ml

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A fully rolled Oolong tea from summer? Aren’t summer tea supposed to be Oriental Beauty and black tea? Why are you selling a “summer” tea that is not “heavily oxidated” or fermented?" Has Taiwan Sourcing finally turned crazy that they begin to defy the “law of tea”? If these are the questions you have in mind when you see this tea, you are already quite familiar with the common sense of Taiwanese tea world.

Nevertheless, Taiwan Sourcing is a team that does not totally follow the “common sense” people know. We want to challenge the norm and create “great tea” rather than following the concepts people are used to. This tea was created to proof that “summer material” can also be great for processing fully rolled oolong as long as the key guidelines of tea processing are followed.

We again use Wu Yi varietal, probably one of our top 3 varietals to process with. However, this is the first time we are using a Wu Yi varietal directly from Songboling.This plantation is actually quite famous in Mingjian area due to its owner is the relative of a famous tea person in Taiwan, but that is not the point. The point is it it is also a very clean plantation like our “Overlord,” and that’s why we gave it the name “Baron.”

To proof the point that great processing persistence can make normally considered “inferior material” a great tea, we were very cautious while working on this tea to make sure everything went perfectly as we were expected by the fan of Taiwan Sourcing. If our “Overlord” does not disappoint you, this “Baron” would not neither. May this tea be with you when you are eager to drink tea.

Harvest: Spring 2019 / 春 貳零壹玖
Varietal: Wu Yi / 武夷
Elevation: 300 M / 參佰 公尺
Region: Songboling / 松柏嶺
Fermentation Level: 35 % / 分之 參拾 伍
Roast Level: 2 / 貳 分

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very lush, dense (as in compacted in a small space) deep flavor that hits more of the back of the throat and tongue, – smooth and buttery mouthfeel. There’s a flavor of fruit but while the fruityness and juicyness is obvious, the actual fruit is had to discern, it’s a delicate, gentle whisper of citrus and the feel of a non sweet banana

Flavors: Forest Floor, Fruity, Green

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Filtered Santa Monica tap water just off the boil throughout. Poured from a pear-shaped purple clay tea-pot into a glass cha hai, and served in a porcelain (“peony”) cup.

6 infusions (20sec, 20sec, 40 sec, 1min, 2min, 4min) Jasmine to pale gold liquor; mild grassy/floral aroma; grass/wildflowers/weeds on the palate leading into a medium-dry, not quite dusty finish. Roast/fermentation are mellow. Low bitterness; Medium thick mouthfeel.

My personal tastes lean towards more robust expressions, but there are no glaring faults from this leaf material if one prefers a mild, low roast oolong.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 8 g 6 OZ / 180 ML

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