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2018 Tie Luo Han

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Oolong Tea from China

Tie Luo Han is bold with a well-balanced traditional charcoal roast and smooth body that carries a long lasting sweetness.

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Tie Luo Han is bold with a well-balanced traditional charcoal roast and smooth body that carries a long lasting sweetness. It has a complex character with a woodsy undertone, unique floral bouquet that finishes with stone fruit and cucumber notes. 

When we first sampled this a couple of years ago we were impressed by it’s bold and complex body and long lingering finish. Despite it’s blunt upfront impressions it is this special character that makes this a delicious tea perfectly shared with friends.

We have been holding this batch of 2018 Tie Luo Han. It has mellowed beautifully and we consider that it is well balanced for enjoyment now.

Tie Luo Han is one of the most four famous and oldest of the Wu Yi oolongs. Compared to other cultivars it is reknowned for its strong body.

Origin: Tian You Peak, Wuyi Shan, Fujian, China 

Flavour profile: Bold | Woodsy | Floral

Processing highlights: The leaves undergo outdoor withering and are oxidised to around 60%. This tea is traditionally roasted over charcoal 4 times resulting in a higher than medium baking level.

Harvest: 10.5.2018

Cultivar: Tie Luo Han

Plucking standard: hand picked 3-4 open leaves

Tea Master: Chen family

Minbei oolongs grow North of the Min River in the Fujian province. Yan Cha or “rock teas” is the name that represents Wuyi Shan teas grown in this territory. Their unique terroir contributes to their “yan yun” or rock rhyme that Wuyi oolongs are famed for.

Elevation: 400m

This tea is most enjoyed over multiple infusions. Balanced toast and magnolia aromas combine to produce luscious and thick tea liquor. The finish is the most interesting and unique characteristic of the tea as it is complex with a mélange of stone fruit, melons, orchard fruits and cucumber.

This tea will pair well with dark meats, vegetables and baked goods. Enjoy this tea with a madeleine or a Sunday roast.

Leaf appearance: Uniform green, grey, brown leaves rolled strip style

Aroma: A warming toast aroma combines with a bouquet of magnolia and stone fruit notes.

Liquor colour: Clear amber liquor

Brewing & Storage

Store in an airtight container away from light, heat and moisture. 

Brewing Method Amount Temperature Time Infusions
Western 2-3g / 150mL 90˚C-95˚C 2-3 min 2-3
Gong Fu Cha 4-6g / 100mL 90˚C-95˚C First brew: 20s Subsequent: 25-50s 6+
Cold Brew 6-9g / 500mL Refrigerate Overnight (approximately 8hrs) 2+