Light Roast High Mountain Oolong Tea Tasting Notes | Eco-Cha Tea Club

April 13, 2021 2 Comments

Light Roast High Mountain Oolong Tea 

Batch 65 of the Eco-Cha Tea Club was initially sourced by our friend for entry into the largest Oolong Tea Competition in the world. The standard of this competition is a medium/heavy roast, so it requires a significant level of oxidation in processing the tea leaves for optimal results. This is where this batch of tea varies most significantly from the market standard of Taiwan's High Mountain Tea. High Mountain Tea is minimally oxidized and unroasted — offering a fresh green character with a floral bouquet. This batch was not only more oxidized, but also delicately roasted to offer a more balanced, sweeter character with fruity and pastry components to compliment the floral notes.

Light Roast High Mountain Oolong Tea dried leaves

In addition to the mellowing and balancing effects that oxidation and minimal roasting offer, a more full-bodied, integrated, and subtly complex character is achieved. The vibrant, bold aromatic profile of standard High Mountain Tea is exchanged for a milder, yet more substantial brew. 

Light Roast High Mountain Oolong Tea brewed leaves

These leaves were harvested in winter 2020 at about 1350m elevation from a farmer/tea maker that specializes in producing tea for the Lugu Farmers' Association Dong Ding Oolong Tea Competition. With the post production delicate roasting by our friend who is a master, we find this tea to be a gem. For the full story and visuals, watch the tasting video below!

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Eco-Cha Teas
Eco-Cha Teas

April 20, 2021

Daniel,

Thanks a lot for your feedback! Very glad to hear that you are appreciating the refinement of roasting with this batch of tea! Our friend who roasted it appears to be appreciating his infrared-equipped oven more and more. He can use it in various capacities for different goals of roasting. For example, he uses it for our Hong Oolong to just bring it to a more cured and integrated condition. It is an exciting prospect overall in terms of how it may become more and more popular in the future. Thanks again for your comments!

Daniel
Daniel

April 20, 2021

If the IR-Roasting is the secret to the great taste of this tea you have made me a fan of IR-Roasting straight!
While the dry leaves in the bag still have a slight scent of roasting… when brewed the roasting aromas are not really noticeable any more but the effect of roasting is still there and though can be anticipated. This new IR-technique is a game changer to bring out totally new and wide ranges of refining adjustments.

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