Tung Ting Charcoal Roasted

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Oolong Tea
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Caramel, Coffee, Roasted, Sweet, Earth, Smoke
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200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec 32 oz / 946 ml

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From Red Blossom Tea Company

In mid-April 2007, we drove two hours with our Spring harvest Tung Ting to a 72 year old master tea roaster. We were in search of traditional tea roasting methods using longan fruit wood and ash-lined charcoal pits. We found it in septuagenarian Mr. Chen.

Our Charcoal Roasted Tung Ting is mid-fired using longan fruit wood on racks set over ash-lined pits.

Roasted in intervals allows the tea to develop a rich complexity. Using mid-oxidized, more robust tea as a starting point gives the tea a pronounced caramelized sweetness.

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138 tasting notes

Its been awhile since I have had this tea! This was one of the first teas that I drank that really changed my whole outlook on tea in general. One of the first teas to make me break away from Teavana. I will admit I purchased this tea almost a year and half ago because of Kevin Rose. He said that this was his favorite tea. Long story short this was one of my “first” teas. Yes, I have always drank tea since I was little but never really saw the full range and complexity to it until I had this. It it made me want to buy more and try more.

I’m an oolong girl, and I have had many roasted and charcoal roasted oolongs that don’t measure up to this one. All you get is charcoal, and thats it with other charcoal roasted oolongs. This tea has a caramel fruitiness to it. A sweetness on the tongue that makes me smile cup after cup.
It is also a very forgiving tea. I can’t tell you how many times I let this oversteep, or used hotter water the I should have. This always produce a good cup of tea. Roasted fruitiness:)
Great for a person who is just getting into tea.

Its funny I have never written a review of this tea until now. It was at the bottom of one of my tea jars waiting for me to open it up again. I’m on my 6th steep now, and it is still going strong.I know that this tea is good, but I think I love it because it started me on my tea journey that continues to grow.:)

200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

Yay — the Red Blossom is a great place for tea in San Francisco….


yes it is. I shave a few other teas from them to.

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38 tasting notes

This is about my favorite oolong, when I want a comforting cup of no nonsense tea. This is the tea that made me understand the phrase mouthfeel. It is like your old jeans that get better and better and never let you down. Oddly, I adore the charcoal roasted aspect, and yet I can’t stand smoky teas. Lapsong, Caravan, just thinking about them makes me frown. So I would not call this smoky. It’s toasted! (Feel free to picture Don Draper giving the sales pitch).

I so appreciate that this tea co. is trying to support old traditions in tea production. I love that they are not only buying direct, they are actually controlling the process. I really respect that; this tea is superb and affordable.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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7 tasting notes

I love this tea when it’s raining. I haven’t quite developed a taste for aged oolongs yet- they’re quite new to me. But I would say this tea is pleasant- it has some of the character of a roasted Taiwan oolong, but masked with a layer of aged depth to it. Interesting, not an everyday kind of tea for me but definitely satisfying and something about a rainy day makes me love brewing this tea.

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8 tasting notes

Echoing tea. One of a kind scent. Fruity apricot taste with a caramel hint to it. Remarkable everyday cup of tea.

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2 tasting notes

This tea is heavenly! The taste is both roasted and floral. Very interesting tea with high quality.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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283 tasting notes

lol! the aroma from the steeped leaves actually reminded me of being in a canteen at a marks and spencers (M&S is a department store if you dont have them in the US) roasty with a bit of fruit. Aroma from the cup has the oily/buttery smell of a dancong. tried it 3g western style, too weak.

5g 100c 1 minute in the gaiwan, however, the aroma, of the steeped leaves, i swear down, was a really nice british-indian curry. i kid you not. the taste, however, wasnt strong enough again. weird.

second steep, straightaway after. for 2 minutes. still smells of curry hahahaha. a bit bitter and chocolate-savoury. oversteeped, slight yucky aftertaste.

im a bit tea’d-out so i iwill update this review later when ive experimented more. any suggestions on how to brew from anyone who knows this tea would be great.


I have been curious about this one. I cannot speak for this tea specifically, but I have noticed that heavily roasted oolongs tend to need higher temps and longer steeps. I have a heavy roasted TGY that needs boiling water and a ten minute steep. Sounds crazy, but it works for that tea.

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225 tasting notes

I had almost forgotten about this one. I’ve been rotating through my most recent Red Blossom Tea Company purchase, and I guess I skipped this one!

I had a little more remaining than the normal 2 heaping tablespoons for my 32 oz Bodum Assam tea press, so I just put it all in, not quite 3 tablespoons but probably close. I kept the steep time to the short end for a Formosa Oolong, and hot damn did it turn out good!

The aroma is nice and complex, with an initial burst of charcoal roasted goodness, followed quickly by sweet, caramel, almost coffee hints.

The taste is just as complex. The roasting process is definitely the first taste and feel, I can actually imagine Mr Chen controlling the longan fruit wood fire in order to get the perfect amount of roasted taste. Big, but not at all overwhelming, and certainly plenty of room for the sweet, caramel second tastes.

I’m sad that I used the rest of these leaves in this batch, I’ll definitely need to steep it 4 times to enjoy this incredible brew the next 4 days.

Flavors: Caramel, Coffee, Roasted, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 9 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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7 tasting notes

Butterscotch! So much butterscotch! This is probably my favorite oolong tea (other than another charcoal-roasted tung ting that I received as a gift). I’m not usually a fan of oolong, but this tea is excellent. The tannins are present but well-hidden, and it’s hard to over/under-steep this tea to an unpleasant extent. Loses flavor after a few steepings.

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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45 tasting notes

Great Stuff. Definitely has a smokiness to it…but with great underlying complexity. It drinks like an expertly crafted cocktail.

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35 tasting notes

I love this tea made strong, so the second steep is longer. This is my ‘wake-up’ tea on those cool mornings. Very smooth roast.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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