High-Mountain Charcoal Pit-Fired Oolong Tea

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
Oolong Tea Leaves
Flavors
Baked Bread, Fireplace, Nuts, Roasted
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  • “Not usually a fan of heavily roasted teas, but they’ve occasionally surprised me and in the interest of expanding my tea horizons, I decided to pick up a sample of this tea. It does indeed have a...” Read full tasting note
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Following with our family’s tradition dating back to 4 generations, this Charcoal Pit-Fired Oolong Tea Lot 902 is a true heritage tea. Fired to perfection in our own village from specially selected high quality traditionally higher oxidized oolong, this tea will store very well and is a perfect candidate for ageing. Charcoal Pit-Firing, sometimes referred to as charcoal roasting, was the traditional way to bake or “roast” tea. Today, nearly all firing is done using electric ovens or electric pits for convenience. But the traditional way is to place bamboo sleeves filled with finished tea on top of pits of fired charcoal. It is easy to guess that charcoal will confer a distinctive taste to the tea and the skill of the tea master is fundamental in obtaining a good result. These teas are now very rare, at least the good ones, simply because there are not so many people left on this planet that master this art. The work on Lot 902 started last April 2019 when we commissioned a high-mountain oolong to be made at a higher oxidized level. This special lot was then left to mellow until Feb. 2020 when it was then entrusted to a family friend who’s family charcoal pits have been firing tea for 2 generations now with many prize-winning teas under their belt. If you expect a mouthful of smoky dryness, you’ll be surprised at how sweet and mellow this tea is!

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Not usually a fan of heavily roasted teas, but they’ve occasionally surprised me and in the interest of expanding my tea horizons, I decided to pick up a sample of this tea.

It does indeed have a deep roasted flavor and aroma. You can taste the roast but it’s not smokey by any means. I get notes of firewood, pumpernickel bread, and toasted nuts. These are ancillary though and the tea is predominantly dark and toasty

This may appeal to those who like dark tea but I prefer the subtle caramel taste of lightly roasted oolongs.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Fireplace, Nuts, Roasted

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