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AliShan Charcoal Fire Heavy Roast Oolong Tea from T-Oolong Tea

AlishanCharcoalHeavyRoastTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  T-Oolong Tea

Tea Description:

This quality Alishan Charcoal Fire Heavy Roast Oolong is handpicked, handcrafted and produced from Alishan oolong tea. Use only the charcoal made of either Taiwan Longan wood or Taiwan Acacia wood to roast the tea (NOT by electric roasters), and follow old traditional method. This tea has an intense charcoal aroma and taste mixing with flavors of Alishan oolong. The aftertaste is enjoyable and long lasting. It tastes sweet, rich and complex, and stands up very well to multiple infusions.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I’ve had an occasional charcoal roasted Oolong, but I can’t recall having very many AliShan charcoal roasted Oolong teas!  I know I’ve had at least one, but, I can’t recall many others.  So, I’m very happy to have this opportunity to try this AliShan Charcoal Fire Heavy Roast Oolong Tea from T-Oolong Tea!

This is lovely!

To brew, I reached for my gaiwan.  I measured a bamboo scoop of tea and put it into the gaiwan. I heated the water to 180°F and after performing a quick rinse (15 seconds), I started the first infusion, steeping it for 45 seconds.  I added 15 seconds onto each subsequent infusions.  Since this is a charcoal roasted AliShan, I opted not to use my designated AliShan Oolong Yixing mug and instead put the tea in one of my favorite tea cups.  This tea cup holds two infusions perfectly, so I combined the first two infusions to make one cup.  Then the third and fourth infusion combined made the second cup and so on.

With my first cup, the roasty-toasty flavors brought as smile to my face.  It’s deliciously nutty and sweet.  While an unroasted AliShan may taste floral and even a little ‘milky’ – this instead tastes nutty, creamy and sweet.  I taste notes of the charcoal.  It’s remarkably smooth with very little astringency and no bitterness.

My second cup was even more ‘roasty-toasty’ and I could pick up on more of the charcoal notes.  Still deliciously nutty and sweet!  The creaminess has subsided somewhat.  This cup is less thick than the first, and there is a slight dryness to it.  Still really nice.

The third cup was a little more mellow than the second cup.  I’m starting to pick up on some light floral notes – like toasted orchid!  It’s an interesting contrast of flavors.   I think that this is the most interesting of the three cups.  The cup is softer in texture.  The charcoal notes are more pronounced.  This cup isn’t as nutty as the first and second cups were but there are still some nutty tones.  This is still roasty-toasty and really pleasant to sip.

I really enjoyed this tea.

Lishan Tian Fu Oolong Tea from T-Oolong Tea

LiShanTianFuTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  T-Oolong Tea

Tea Description:

This high quality Lishan Tian Fu Oolong is handpicked, handcrafted and produced from Qingxin Oolong varietal grown in the mountain areas of Li Mountain. The aroma and taste of the tea are intensely floral, sweet, fruity and rich with honeysuckle-like flavors. The aftertaste is very sweet and long lasting, and this tea stands up very well to multiple infusions. It is very rich, smooth and delectable with almost no bitterness and astringency.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

There are few tea times more enjoyable than when I brew myself a cup of LiShan Oolong tea!  And this LiShan Tian Fu Oolong Tea from T-Oolong Tea is so amazing!

I combined five infusions in one Yixing mug, and the combination of the infusions produces a sublime flavor of sweet, exotic tasting flower with hints of fruit.  It is an intensely flavored cup.  The most prominent note is that of the floral tones, which is reminiscent of the essence I would experience from the springtime air at my gramma’s house when I was young.

You see, she had a very prolific honeysuckle vine on the rear corner of her house, right next to one of the bedroom windows.  And when the weather was warm during those later spring days, the window would be open, and the breezes from the Santa Ana winds would filter through the honeysuckle plant and then the breeze would enter the window.  That’s what I’m experiencing as I sip this tea!  I just love how tea brings these fond memories to life.

Beneath the sweet and floral honeysuckle-esque notes I taste faint vegetative notes that have a slight buttery intonation to them.  There is some creaminess to this cup, but it isn’t a strong creamy note, nor does it seem to build or intensify as I continue to sip.  It’s a subtle creamy taste and texture that melds with the vegetal tones.

Toward the end of the sip, a hint of fruit emerges … just faintly.  It is a sweet note that reminds me of a crunchy apple, but without the tartness that I usually associate with an apple.  As mentioned in the above review, I notice no bitterness, and no astringency.

And while this particular tea is not currently in stock on T-Oolong Tea’s website, I think it would be worth the effort to keep checking in occasionally to find out when this tea will be restocked.  It’s a LOVELY tea, and if you love Oolong, it’s one you should try!

Muzha Tikuanyin Oolong Tea from T-Oolong Tea

MuzhaOolongTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  T-Oolong Tea

Tea Description:

This Premium Muzha Tikuanyin tea is competition grade. The tea is handpicked, handcrafted and produced from Tikuanyin varietal. The production method of Taiwan TKY is complicated as the tea leaves must be repeatedly rolled and cloth twisted and then charcoal roasted for several days. The aroma and taste is this tea is fruity and sweet with this attractive and lovely Tikuanyin fragrance. It is rich and complex, and stands up very well to multiple infusions.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

My first cup (the first two infusions after a quick rinse) of this Muzha Tikuanyin Oolong Tea from T-Oolong Tea was lighter than the subsequent cups, but it was still very flavorful.  I could taste the charcoal roast, nutty notes, and a sweet, fruity tone come through.

But the second cup (infusions 3 & 4) is where the taste really came alive with this tea.  It is so delicious and roasty-toasty.  The nutty flavors and the fruity notes are coming through stronger now.  There is a creamy, buttery taste to this, but instead of a typical cream/milk/butter type of taste, this is more reminiscent of browned butter.  Sweet and toasty!  The creamy notes accentuate the nutty tones, and the fruit flavors evoke thoughts of sweet stone fruit.  This cup started out really smooth, and as I neared the end of the cup, I started to notice a mineral-y sort of taste and texture toward the finish.

With my third cup (infusions 5 & 6), I noticed more of the mineral notes begin to emerge, although I wouldn’t say that this was an overly “mineral-y” cup at all.  It was deliciously sweet with notes of fruit and nut.  It was less creamy than the second cup, though, and I noticed more astringency with this cup.  The flavor was still deliciously toasted.

I was hesitant to actually publish this review since this tea is currently sold out on the T-Oolong Tea website, however, I decided to still offer the review in case my readers might be interested in watching T-Oolong Tea for when this tea might be back in stock … it’s definitely worth checking for because this is a really delightful tea!

Premium Muzha Tikuanyin Tea from T-Oolong Tea

PreTEAoolongTea Type:
Oolong Tea

Where To Buy:
T-Oolong Tea

Product Description:

Season: 2012 Spring (harvested in 2012 May)
Altitude: 300 meter above sea level
Varietal: Tikuanyin (Iron Goddess of Mercy)
Origin: Muzha district, Taipei City, Taiwan
Semioxidized
This Premium Muzha Tikuanyin tea is competition grade. The tea is handpicked, handcrafted and produced from Tikuanyin varietal. The production method of Taiwan TKY is complicated as the tea leaves must be repeatedly rolled and cloth twisted and then charcoal roasted for several days. The aroma and taste is this tea is fruity and sweet with this attractive and lovely Tikuanyin fragrance. It is rich and complex, and stands up very well to multiple infusions.

Muzha tea region is located on Muzha township in Taipei City and it is also known as the home of Muzha Tikuanyin tea. Tea plantations are spread between 200 to 500 meters above sea level. Tikuanyin tea trees are less productive and more difficult to maintain comparing with other varieties of oolong tea tree.

Tasters Review:

You can tell that this oolong is deeply roasted by looked at the color of the leaves that are tightly-rolled. It may be the darkest I have seen thus far! Once infused the aroma really magnifies! It has a charcoal and mushroomy type aroma paired with a cross between an oolong and a green.

The flavor of this is very clean for a roasted/toasted oolong. It has a deep and rich flavor. It’s a bit charcoally but also a little reminiscent of cocoa, too. This is very unusual but in a fascinating way!

Totally YUMMY and totally unique! EXCELLENT craftsmanship!

Honey Beauty Oolong Tea from T-Oolong Tea

HoneyOolongTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  T-Oolong Tea

Tea Description:

This Honey Beauty Oolong is all natural, handpicked, handcrafted and produced from Qingxin Dapa varietals, the tea leaves often used to produce Oriental Beauty oolong. This tea tastes similar to Oriental beauty but not quite the same. The taste and aroma of the tea are honey sweet, rich, and pleasant with a long lasting honey sweet aftertaste. This tea stands up well to multiple infusions, and has the complexities of an oolong in taste and aroma, but the appearance and strength of a black tea.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I love a good Oriental Beauty Oolong, and when I read the name of this Honey Beauty Oolong Tea from T-Oolong Tea, I was intrigued … I was curious to find out how similar to an Oriental Beauty it would be.

The dry leaf appearance IS indeed very similar, with its dark chocolate colored leaves.  The aroma is sweet, reminding me a bit more of the smell of molasses than of honey.  It’s a very pleasant fragrance … sort of like walking into a kitchen when my gramma would make pecan pie.  It smells a bit like that sweet, molasses-y filling of a pecan pie (but not so much like the actual pecans!)  The brewed tea offers a different scent with notes of fruit, flower and yes, even a hint of honey.

The first cup (containing infusions #1 and 2 following a quick 15 second rinse) is very delicately flavored, and I noticed that it took a few sips for the flavors to begin to develop on my palate.  By mid-cup, I was noticing a lovely honey-esque tone start to emerge.  Notes of stone fruit … somewhere between nectarine and plum.  It is sweet but there is a hint of contrasting sour there too.

The second cup (infusions #3 and 4) offered a stronger flavor than the first, and was my favorite cup of the three cups that I enjoyed of this tea.  I noticed a stronger fruit note, and the honey notes are more profound with this cup.  It’s sweet … and indeed beautiful!  Honey Beauty Oolong seems an appropriate name for this tea.

With the third cup (infusions #5 and 6), I noticed the flavors becoming …  not really “softer” but more unified.  The honey note was not quite as focused, and the fruit note was less distinct.  It tasted more like … well, imagine a combination of nectarines and plums that have been roasted to concentrate the flavor and bring out the sweetness of the fruit, and then drizzling this roasted fruit medley with sweet honey.  That’s what I taste!  YUM!

This tea is definitely a treat for Oolong aficionados!