Eco-Cha Tea Club 93 - Roasted Wuyi Oolong Tea
August 20, 2023

Roasted Wuyi Oolong Tea Tasting Notes | Eco-Cha Tea Club

Roasted Wuyi Oolong Tea Gongfu Brew

Batch 93 of the Eco-Cha Tea Club is a Roasted Wuyi Oolong Tea. Learn the detailed background of this tea in the sourcing blog. This month's edition is perhaps our favorite rendition of Wuyi Oolong that we have shared to date. This is primarily due the manner in which it was roasted, and also the degree to which the leaves were allowed to oxidize during their curing process. We've shared fresh green, aromatic batches of tea harvested from this plot of naturally farmed Wuyi Oolong Tea plants, as well as charcoal roasted and heavily roasted batches. This medium roast batch basically wins the Goldilocks prize: Not too light, not too heavy — just right!

Wuyi Oolong dried tea leaves

This plot of tea was planted almost 10 years ago, and began being harvested about 8 years ago. The farmer/tea artisan and the master roaster who invested in this plot of tea have progressively gained an understanding of its composition and character. Year after year, they've explored variations in processing and post production roasting. We have had the privilege of following their research over the years. And this is the first time we have tasted a batch that represents the local tradition of Oolong Tea making — a medium oxidized, medium roasted Oolong.

Roasted Wuyi Oolong brewed tea in a cup

A lot is reflected in this cup of brewed tea shown above. The clear, limpid golden color indicates that the curing process was done skillfully and produced optimal results. The leaves were significantly oxidized in a uniform manner, which allowed them to maintain a degree of freshness. They did not "turn red" in the appearance of both the leaves and the brewed tea. The roasting process was also executed with finesse and know-how — resulting in a thorough transformation of the composition without overdoing it. The lightly toasted, nutty character also contains a fresh snap pea note that makes it pop with flavor. 

Wuyi Oolong brewed tea leaves

These naturally cultivated Wuyi Tea leaves have a substance and aromatic profile that sets this strain of tea apart. It is now a rare breed in Taiwan, and is worth experiencing for its "original Oolong" character. Watch the tasting video for the full scoop on how it brews up!



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