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2016 Charcoal Roast #20 Red Oolong

2016 Charcoal Roast #20 Red Oolong

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2016 Charcoal Roast #20 Red Oolong


Sometimes when sourcing teas you come across a tea that sounds so strange and wonderful that you have to try it. This was one of those teas. We had never come across a red oolong made with the very new #20 cultivar, nor had we tried a roasted tea made from it either. This cultivar, famous for its creamy sweetness, is almost always made into a lightly oxidized ball-rolled oolong. In this tea we had both, and it has made a very special tea. Rich, fruity, dark and spicy this tea took us completely off guard! The extra few years of age has done wonders for it and we were happy to buy some to share.

This partner farm has two areas of tea, one is a wild garden and the source of our Meishan 2010 'Wild Left' Oolong and another is a conventional garden. That garden is surrounded by other conventional gardens which makes it very hard to get certified organic. This tea is from the conventional garden but this family uses agrochemicals as little as possible. 

Elevation: 1300m

Status:  Conventional 

Cultivar: TRES #20, Welcoming Fragrance

Oxidization: 85%, Charcoal Roast

Season: Spring 2016

Method: Hand picked, processed on site, aged on site, very small batch

Region: Alishan, Meishan District, Nantou County

Recommend Brewing Style:

Gong Fu Style: 3-5g per 100ml, 100C water, 30, 45, 60 then add 5-10 seconds steeps in gaiwan. Lasts 4-5 steeps.

Western Style: 3g per 100ml, 100c water for 2 minutes. Lasts 2-3 steeps




Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Nice refreshing taste.

It taste like dark chocolate berry, sweet and refreshing taste. The age makes it really good too.

I taste guava and I love it

This is my first time trying this cultivar. To me it tastes a bit like guava, which is something that I like. I am getting strong and clear flavors from just 30 seconds of brewing. That’s very exciting, and I know I will get at least four steeping‘s from these tea leaves, maybe even more.

Sometimes I taste something that I call dust (or maybe twigs?). There’s some kind of vaguely earthy hint to the flavor. The second steeping is much darker. The dusty flavor comes forward a bit and the fruit is less prominent. Fruity notes return as the tea cools.

I will buy more of this one.

Probably the most amazing red oolong I tasted

There’s a very complex cooked fruit aroma mixed with cocoa malt character from the first few steeps. Reminds me of my favourite roasted small leaf black tea! The red oolong characteristics gradually showed in the later steeps and it does have quite a good brewing stamina. Highly recommended.