Cui Luan Bug Bitten "Fruit Garden" Roasted Oolong Tea - Summer 2016

Tea type
Oolong Tea
Ingredients
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Flavors
Drying, Floral, Grain, Honey, Pear, Pineapple, Pleasantly Sour, Roasted, Rose, Stewed Fruits, Tangy, Tropical, Fruity, Sweet
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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 4 oz / 110 ml

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  • “As my user name suggests, I love bug-bitten teas, and the roast on this one intrigued me enough to buy it. I steeped 5 g of leaf in a 120 ml teapot at 190F for 30, 25, 30, 40, 40, 50, 60, 90, 120,...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Great tea. Lovely smelling wet leaves, fruits, toasted sesame, smells like someone’s cooking something good. pie maybe. brews a really nice amber liquid. has a pretty good mouthfeel actually. to my...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Recently sipped down the sample of this that I got from a stash sale. I’m quite a fan of bug bitten teas and this one was quite enjoyable. It has a nice depth and warmth brought out by the roast...” Read full tasting note

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It has been nearly two years ago since we offered tea from Cui Luan, which was one of the first oolongs we offered! Now we are proud to announce that Cui Luan is back, but with a whole new character and flavour to explore for the upcoming winter!

This Cui Luan Roasted Oolong was found during a special visit to a roasting master. We were looking for other teas at the time, hoping to find our very popular “Yang Zai Wang Roasted Oolong” again. We failed to find the tea we were looking for, but luckily we found this beautiful tea for our summer collection instead! This is one of those very heavily bug bitten oolong you would find in the oolong tea world, and we are totally enchanted by its mesmerizing and strong character thanks to its “bug-bitteness” and perfect roast!

This Cui Luan Jade Oolong delivers a powerful aroma that won’t fade even if stored for a few years! Incredibly thick body, pungent floral cream aroma and powerful qi!

Harvest: Summer 2016 / 夏 二零一六
Varietal: Qing Xin Oolong / 青心烏龍
Elevation: 1650 M
Region: Cui Luan / 翠巒
Oxidation Level: 25%
Roast Level: 2
Best Enjoyed Before: Anytime

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As my user name suggests, I love bug-bitten teas, and the roast on this one intrigued me enough to buy it. I steeped 5 g of leaf in a 120 ml teapot at 190F for 30, 25, 30, 40, 40, 50, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds.

The first steep is pretty mild. The sweetness jumps out at me immediately, along with roasted sesame seeds and grilled tropical fruits. The mouthfeel is heavy and fuzzy, and there’s just a hint of astringency. By the second steep, I can tell this is definitely a “mi xiang” oolong, as the tea has the honey, florals, and kind of sour finish I associate with bug-bitten teas. The roast seems to be more prominent at the beginning of the sip, and the bug-bitten character at the end.

In the next few steeps, the roast is very well incorporated, really letting the fruit and honey shine through. I still can’t pick out individual fruit flavours, though grilled pear, pineapple, and other tropical fruits all make an appearance. If there’s one downside, it’s that this tea becomes drying easily, though that might be due to my brewing.

By the seventh steep, the fruit and honey begin to dissipate and the roast starts to take over. The tea gradually diminishes from here.

This is an interesting and complex oolong, and like most of the offerings from Taiwan Sourcing that I’ve tried, I thoroughly enjoy it!

Flavors: Drying, Floral, Grain, Honey, Pear, Pineapple, Pleasantly Sour, Roasted, Rose, Stewed Fruits, Tangy, Tropical

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Great tea. Lovely smelling wet leaves, fruits, toasted sesame, smells like someone’s cooking something good. pie maybe. brews a really nice amber liquid. has a pretty good mouthfeel actually. to my untrained mouth.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Recently sipped down the sample of this that I got from a stash sale. I’m quite a fan of bug bitten teas and this one was quite enjoyable. It has a nice depth and warmth brought out by the roast which supports the tropical fruit notes that I often find with bug bitten teas. It’s got a nice, moderate sweetness and is, overall, very easy to enjoy.

Flavors: Fruity, Roasted, Sweet, Tropical

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