Mingjian Charcoal Roasted Tea, Lot # 112

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Charcoal Roasting is the traditional way to bake or roast tea. Today, all roasting is done using electric ovens or roasting pits for convenience. But the traditional way is to place bamboo sleeves filled with finished tea on top of pits of fired charcoal. It is easy to guess that charcoal will confer a distinctive taste to the tea and the skill of the tea master is fundamental in obtaining a good result. These teas are now very rare, at least the good ones, simply because there are not so many people left on this planet that master this art. In the town down the mountain from us, there is such a master. He is now over 80 year’s old and he is less and less active as his health is declining. This Lot may very well be one of his last roastings. If you wish to experience the taste of a lost art, now’s the time. No taste description should be necessary here, don’t you think?

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Style of tea? -Roasted Oolong Tea
Picking Date? -Fall 2011
Oxydation level? -Medium
Roasting Level? -Traditional Charcoal Roasting
Terroir? -Baguashan
Administrative Region? -Nantou County
Picking Style? -Hand Picked
Varietal(s) Used? -Jin Xuan, TRES No. 12
Garden Elevation? -400 m

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Dear Sil-

I regret to inform you that it appears as though I’m starting to enjoy pretty much every roasted oolong thrown my way. I don’t know if it’s because of their roasty deliciousness or because I can drink them at night without worrying about the caffeine. Or if it’s simply because they are new to me and unlike greens or whites, still have a strong flavor. I don’t know what’s happening, but I do promise to always love my straight black teas best.


p.s. you can blame your tea sister for this. She included this delicious tea a while back and my previous ambivalence towards oolongs kept me from trying it until now.

p.p.s Thanks Terri Harplady!


Roasting does things to the caffeine level?


Wondering the same thing.


sigh another one bites the dust…


Woot woot oolongs!


Yay for oolongs!! So what happens to the caffeine in roasted oolongs?


oh, I have no idea if roasting does anything, but I have noticed that i can drink roasted oolongs right before bed and still go right to sleep. might just be me!


what I’ve read is that caffeine levels are reduced due to the baking/roasting…

Terri HarpLady

Glad you like it!
Sil, at least she’s not in love with the Earl! ;)


by that rationale aged teas that have received multiple roasts would be the best nighttime choice…


Earl’s would/will NEVER happen. I can’t even stand a light earl grey, even if I’m desperate. Just the thought makes my face cringe a bit.

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I just received a massive amount of tea! Happy Birthday to me! Actually my birthday is next week on monday, so Happy Early Birthday!
I got my trade with Lala, my Steepster Select Box, & my Yunnan Sourcing order form last month! Just in time to celebrate!

This tea: I got a sample of this from TTC awhile back. I love their sample sizes because it’s enough tea to really try it out, but not so much that you end up with too much if you don’t like it.
This one is not something I’ll probably re-order, but something I wanted to try, more for the novelty of it, & also because I wanted to try several of TTC’s teas in general & I do like roasty Oolongs.

I used the same gongfu parameters that I used with my other 2 teas today, more or less:
5G + 4oz tiny teapot (Rinse) X 15/30/45sec/1min/2min/3min
The pre-warmed leaf gave off a light sweet incense aroma. After a couple of steeps, the wet leaf really smelled of charcoal & incense!
I shared the first 4 steeps with a student, & her main comment was that she felt like we were drinking incense, but in a good way, LOL.
There is a light sweetness to this cup, like a hint of dried peaches, & definitely an incense quality, which is something I enjoy in roasted oolongs. With successive steepings the cup becomes more savory, lightly salty & umami-like, & the charcoal becomes more apparent in the taste. I think I can probably get another 4 steeps out of this, but I’m actually wanting something sweet now, so I’ll let these leaves rest for awhile. I can always give them a quick rinse later, & then steep some more.


Happy early birthday!! (mine is next Tuesday) :-)


Woot! Glad you got the swap. Happy early birthday to you.

Terri HarpLady

Thanks Lala!
Caile, we’re birthday sisters!! (although I’m sure I’m probably old enough to be your mom, LOL) Happy Birthday to you as well!


Thanks Terri… this will be my first birthday with a 5 as the first digit, so perhaps more like birthday sisters than you thought! ;-)

Terri HarpLady

Well, yes, we are!! This will be my 5th palindrome Birthday!!


Lol! Yay for the number 5!


numba 5 is alive! mwahahahaha

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Sample sipdown of this one – passed on to me by my tea sister terri! I’m not overly a fan of oolongs – the roasted variety are better than the green variety but on the whole, 98% of the time i will take black tea/puerh over oolongs. However, i need to try all the teas!

If you are a fan of oolongs, this is likely a really nice roasty delicious oolong, with that familiar roasty oolong sort of taste. heh for me? this isn’t my cup of tea but i wouldn’t turn a cup down.

Terri HarpLady

worth a try :)




always! Nicole! you need to give me a poke sometime and tell me what teas i can send your way for fun! it’s been a while since i sent you something :)

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This one also came from Sil – thank you very much.

I think I like this oolong better than the one I was drinking earlier. This is also dark and roasted, but I think it’s more “oolong” and less “charcoal”. Don’t get me wrong this is a dark roasted oolong, but it seems like the charcoal supports the oolong rather than taking over from it. For my tastes this one is a better balance between the oolong and the smoke.


glad you’re finding them tasty :) love sharing ttc teas!

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