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Japanese Oolong Tea 2011

This summer we have been involved in a number of interesting tastings at the Yuuki-Cha HQ, none more interesting or diverse than a sampling of a selection of Japanese oolong teas received just this week. This year our creative minded grower in Miyazaki has made quite a fine selection of whole leaf oolongs including 5 new “Oolong-Blacks”.

Pictured below is one of the “Oolong-Blacks” in action. This particular one is made from fairly coarse summer harvest leaves and is more towards black. Produces a first steep with a sweetness that reminds us of sweet potato!? Later infusions are light and refreshing with some subtle fruity notes. Enjoyable through multiple steeps, especially when steeping it in a small Gyokko kyusu:

"Oolong-Black" brewing in a Gyokko Masterpiece.

"Oolong-Black" brewing in a Gyokko Masterpiece.

First infusion liquor color and steeped leaves.

First infusion liquor color and steeped leaves.

Steeped leaves in small-sized Gyokko Kyusu showing off the trademark Gyokko Yohen-style technique.

Steeped leaves in small-sized Gyokko Kyusu showing off the trademark Gyokko Yohen-style technique.

We hope to add a couple of these 2011 Oolongs to our Japanese Oolong Tea category fairly soon!