May 15, 2010

Oolong love

A pinch each of Strong Fire, Deluxe Tie Guan Yin, Wuyi, and Black Dragon
If the teas in our cupboard are any indication, we love oolongs and Tao of Tea oolongs in particular. By my count, we have two 2.5 ounce tins (one of Wuyi and one of Black Dragon) and two 1 ounce packets (one of Strong Fire and one of Deluxe Tie Guan Yin). The 1 ounce packets were purchased recently. After two consecutive orders of the Wuyi and the Black Dragon, we wanted to expand our oolong repertoire.

Our current favorite is the Strong Fire with a liquor of amber and a taste of roasted chocolate, like cocoa nibs.
Leaves of steeped Strong Fire
Strong Fire is also known as Dark Tie Guan Yin. Its description from the Tao of Tea website:
In making Strong Fire only the mature, hardy leaves are plucked. They are then ‘withered’ in the sun for a few hours to reduce moisture. Once suitable suppleness is achieved in the leaves, traditional rolling techniques ( at least 13 different motions) are applied in conjunction with light roasting to achieve the optimum shape and flavor. A final ‘high roast’ is given to complete the processing.

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