This month’s tea, Longan Charcoal Roasted Wuyi Oolong Tea, from Eco Cha Tea Club comes from Songbolin, Taiwan. It’s quite an extraordinary one, at least for me. I’ve been drinking roasted oolongs from Taiwan a lot recently and this is the second time I’ve tried Longan charcoal roasted oolong. They constitute a nice alternative to the conventional floral green oolongs of Taiwan.
Anyway, this month’s tea is 100% organic and composed of spring and winter harvests of 2016. Dry leaves are tightly rolled and dark green. The smell of the leaves is roasty and slightly smoky.
I brewed it gongfu style by using about six grams of tea. It cupped out reddish-orange liquor with great clarity. The first thing that hits my palate is the taste of its strong roasty flavor alongside with subtle smoky taste in the background. There is also a fruity character although it’s hard to detect. So far so good! It’s sweet with no bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick and velvety. The aftertaste was persistent and left a nice refreshing minty feeling in the throat and mouth.
Overall, Longan Charcoal Roasted Wuyi Oolong from Eco Cha Tea Club is a great tea, particularly for those who are looking for highly and masterfully roasted oolongs. Highly recommended!