Fox and Moon Tearoom

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78
drank Tie Lou Han by Fox and Moon Tearoom
2586 tasting notes

I hope all of my Steepster friends had a nice Thanksgiving….

I’m back home after hanging out with my BF in Berkeley and I really wanted a wuyi oolong this afternoon for some reason (maybe it’s the gloomy weather)?

I got this tea at the SF International Tea festival three years ago and am just finishing it off now. It’s a bit of a wimpy tea, and probably the only oolong I’ve had that doesn’t seem to resteep well, which is pretty odd, especially for a roasted tea of this type.

I am enjoying a pot of it, definitely has the nice roasted, stone fruit taste you get from a Tie Lou Han. I can’t say that I would recommend buying it from this vendor, however.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Tie Lou Han by Fox and Moon Tearoom
2586 tasting notes

This tea was purchased at the San Francisco International Tea Festival a few months ago. Evidently Fox and Moon is a traveling operation of sorts and does not own a regular store or a tearoom (in spite of the name). I really wanted to try a Tie Lou Han and this wasn’t cheap, I think it was $12/oz.

My sweetie is a fan of oolongs, but only likes the darker ones and does not think much of green oolongs or green tea, for that matter. I steeped this one up at his request this afternoon.

For a wuyi tea, this is a bit on the lighter side (more of an orange color). It has a delicious roasted caramel type of aroma and we are finding some essence of almond in the flavor. This has a nice minerality quality with cocoa notes and a bit of peach. The aftertaste lingers and is nice and sweet. I have had this tea a few times before now and the first steep is delightful, but it does not re-steep well which seems very strange for a darker oolong of this type. Because I know it doesn’t resteep well I just brewed this up Western style today in the glass teapot.

I think I will need to go to Red Blossom or elsewhere to see how their tie lou han compares. It is definitely a lovely tea but I took a few points off for the fact that it doesn’t resteep well. I may also put the leftover leaves in the fridge and try cold brewing this one.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

You make them sound even cooler than their name makes them sound! I love the name “Fox and Moon Tearoom”! Then you say they travel around? Oh boy now I want to get some of their tea!!!

TeaBrat

You can buy some teas from their website…. :-)

ScottTeaMan

What makes it more expensive is the weak resteep factor. I have had a couple teas from TeaSpring in 2008 and was really impressed. They have had price increases the last few tears. Surprise, surprise! Some teas are still reasonable, considering their quality. I’ve never tasted a Tie Luo Han, but it is significantly cheaper than $12/oz.

http://www.teaspring.com/Tie-Luo-Han.asp

Azzrian

Amy I found them :) Not buying right now – broke and working on the homestead here but they are on my wish list :)

TeaBrat

Scott – I’ve never tried Teaspring but might need to some day. Regardless, even thought I like wuyi oolongs I don’t drink a lot of them and I do have 3 others still. :D

ScottTeaMan

I’m pretty sure I know what you mean, but when you describe minerality……. what do you mean? :))

TeaBrat

The tea has a flavor of rocks. It is hard to explain.

Missy

I totally get that taste. As a kid I used to hang out in the desert a lot. My grandpa once told me if you were really thirsty you could suck on a rock. It makes you salivate. Of course as a child I had to go do it. :D

ScottTeaMan

T least I’ll have a better idea of what to look for.

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