This week’s tea, Eco Cha Teas Longan Charcoal Roasted Oolong Tea, is coming from Shanlinxi, just above Lugu township which is located in Nantou county of Taiwan. Lugu is known for their Dong Ding oolongs and this week’s tea is a type of Dong Ding oolongs.
Dry leaves are composed of tightly-rolled ball shape tea leaves. They are uniform in shape and consist of mostly dark green whole tea leaves. Since it’s gone through an extensive roasting process (around 50 hours!), the smell of dry leaves is mostly associated with the prominent roasted character.
I used five grams of tea and brewed it Gongfu style. I went for 15 seconds for the first infusion following a quick rinse. The liquor was golden yellow with great clarity. The aroma is fantastic. The taste was quite smooth and sweet; no bitterness at all. It’s roasted masterfully which created very rich and complex taste profile. The aftertaste was very long and quite persistent.
I brewed it 30 seconds for the second infusion which produced much stronger tea alongside with darker liquor. The charcoal taste was much more dominant, both in the mouth and throat. There is also some smokiness, reminiscent of Lapsang Souchong tea. The smoky taste is very well-balanced. Although I’m not a great fan of smokiness in tea, I love it in this tea.
In total I’ve made five infusions; second and third being my favorite. It’s a great tea particularly if you’re looking for traditional style highly roasted Taiwanese oolongs rather than more aromatic and greener oolongs. It’s really hard to find this kind of extensively roasted Taiwanese oolongs nowadays, so thanks to Eco Cha Teas for sourcing and sending this beautiful tea to us.