Red Oolong - Silver label - from Lu Ye

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Red Oolong - Silver label - from Lu Ye

from 16.90

Name: Gold Label Red Oolong from Lu Ye

Variety: Red Oolong

Origin: Lu Ye, Taiwan

Tea maker: Lien Chi Tea Garden

Harvest: 2015 spring

Difference from Gold label that silver label has slight bitterness and astringency that take off points from winning the Gold label, but, still very nicely sweetness with buttery finish with hint of tropical flower and fruits.

Lien Chi is regarded widely as a master of oolong tea rolling in the region.  Originally from Nantou region, where most highly prized high mountain oolong is made, she and her husband runs this old tea house with tradition and dignity.  I sat down with her, with my broken chiense, I conversed with her to convey what I was searching for.  She asked me what kind of tea I was looking for, I said unique and extraordinary.  She smiled and pulled out a few kinds.  I liked them all, but, this one was just exceptional.  Red oolong is the region's unique product.  They grow "milk oolong" Jing Xuan tea plant variety, with the touch of master tea maker to wilt and ferment like black tea, but rolled and roasted like oolong.  Bit more roasting than other parts of Taiwan.  Result is this very complex black tea like oolong with sweet caramel like tea.  Tea liquer is like reddish amber color, slight honey and fruity undertone with rich buttery flavor.  You can brew up to 5 times easily.  Red oolong make you feel warm, so perfect for rainy autumn or winter night.  

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