Oolong tea production is very limited in Turkey at the moment, and only a few people are experimenting with it. Therefore, this is a scarce tea that is not very easy to find these days. Its oxidation level is at 30%, which suggests that it is closer to green tea in the scale from green tea (non-oxidised) to black tea (100%). However, its tasting profile was unexpected, and its aroma included tobacco, nuts, cocoa, flowers and fruits. Its taste was mellow, medium-bodied and fruity.
I am curious to try a lightly oxidised version of this tea, and when the new tea harvest starts in a couple of months, I will definitely experiment with it. I wonder if we can achieve something close to a Taiwanese Baozhong tea.
Origin: Rize, Turkey
Harvest time: Spring 2020
Leaf colour: Tones of dark green
Liquor colour: Bright amber
Tea Aroma: Tobacco, nuts, cocoa, flowers and fruits
Tea taste: Mellow, medium-bodied and fruity
Steeping/brewing: Place 5 g tea leaves in 100 ml water at around 95°C. Steep for 30 seconds. To each consecutive infusion, add 5 seconds. You can infuse the leaves up to 6 times.