2018 Dark Roast Original Wulong Revival

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Oolong Tea
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Caramel, Coffee, Malt, Mineral, Roasted, Stonefruit
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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 oz / 100 ml

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Master Zhang’s classic Oolong Revival is full of deep rich cozy toasty overtones, enveloping the palate with a thick texture. This year for the first time, Master Zhang is complimenting all these cozy flavors with a deep dark roast which caramelizes the sugars in the leaves and produces beautiful dark sweet dessert flavor to the forefront. As always, Master Zhang’s expert roasting preserves the vibrant floral and fruity “core” of the tea without overpowering, a difficult feat to achieve after a full 24 hours straight of withering, turning and fluffing that is highly variable and dependent on each day’s specific weather.

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I am drinking this gongfu style for the first time out of my new cup… which I am also drinking out of for the first time (found here: https://yunnansourcing.com/products/pure-silver-999-and-hardwood-cup-30ml ). I’ve had my eye on that cup for a while. It is just so pretty. It reminds me of a coconut. I don’t know how much of a flavor impact the silver has but I feel happier using it because of the aesthetics. ¯\(ツ)

Back to the tea. This tea is reallllly good. It has a wonderful roast on it without being char or ashy. It is more like a caramelized flavor that comes through. My tea book club will be meeting next week to discuss Dark Matter by Blake Crouch and so this is one of the teas I picked to pair. It is not disappointing.

There are a lot of flavors going on here. I’m picking out roasted coffee, caramel, mineral, malt, and some fruit. Goes strong for at least 4 or 5 steeps. This is an overall really solid dark roasted wulong tea. If you are looking for a bash you over the head roast, this might not satisfy that desire. But I would (and soon will) gladly introduce more novice drinkers to this style using this tea.

Flavors: Caramel, Coffee, Malt, Mineral, Roasted, Stonefruit

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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