Batch 87 of the Eco-Cha Tea Club is a Dong Ding Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea. You can read about the source of this tea HERE. These leaves are from spring 2022 harvest in Lugu, Taiwan. They have undergone repeated roastings for more than 80 hours total over a few months. They were then allowed to "rest" for more than six months before we packaged them up to share with the tea club.
We brewed 12.5g of tea leaves in a 175mL teapot for one minute on the first 3 steepings, 1:15 seconds on the fourth, and 1:30 seconds on the fifth brew. The brewed tea was consistent and very similar throughout the whole session. We feel that the flavor profile can be experienced most fully after the tea has cooled down. Although the aromatic profile is most prominent when hot, and the aromatic compounds are still volatile.
The roast factor in the flavor profile is surprisingly mellow, given the extensive roasting process. We feel that this is evidence that this artisan has progressed significantly in his understanding of these leaves from the Tie Guan Yin cultivar, and how they should be worked with to achieve optimal results. This tea offers a rich, substantial, balanced brew with highlights of minerals, dried stone fruit, and roasted yams, with hints of pipe tobacco and molasses in the finish. It is quite a hearty brew that grows on you to the point of having cravings for its complex earthy character shrouded in campfire smoke.
Watch the tasting video below for the full scoop, including scenes from the farm and three generations of this Oolong Family working together!
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