A lone monk was making a pilgrimage through the foggy mountains of Taiwan. After being cold and tired for days, he noticed a hot spring where he decided to rest. The Wise Tea Master Lao Cha was already enjoying a nice soak.
— Here, young one. Take a sip of the local tea.
The monk immediately felt enveloped with warmth. The Soul of the Red Oolong filled the monk with healing energy for the rest of his journey.
Red Oolong is a type of deeply oxidized and moderately roasted oolong tea. Taiwanese farmers initially developed it, and the Wu family farm perfected the techniques of this unique craft rea. Their Bug-Bitten Red Oolong Tea has been winning the highest award at the iTQi Competition in Belgium consecutively since 2017. Just one sip — and you'll know why.
The tea leaves are "bug-bitten" - a technique common in Taiwanese oolong production. To illustrate, when bugs attack the tea leaves, the plant's natural defense mechanism releases enzymes that alter the original taste. Furthermore, the plant sends sugars to the bitten areas for fast recovery, creating a remarkable sweetness in the final product. Consequently, the tea has the pleasant taste of a medium roasted oolong with bright honey and ripe fruit notes. Not to mention, its satisfying sweetness will no doubt have you craving for more.
The Bug-Bitten Red Oolong grows in the Luye Valley of Taitung County, Taiwan. Nestled between two of Taiwan's highest mountain ranges, the valley's pristine nature and fresh air attract many visitors for tea tourism and the annual hot air balloon festival. The Wu family initially chose to relocate to Luye because they knew it had the ideal conditions for growing non-polluted, organic tea. Furthermore, they irrigate the tea farm using water from the mountain streams and employ only eco-farming techniques.
We are very excited to introduce tea enthusiasts worldwide to this rare tea without rivals. Indeed, today Taiwan is the only country that produces authentic red oolong tea. Furthermore, only Taiwanese farmers know the crafting secrets, like the exact roasting temperature and time required to create this artisan tea variety.
While it's most common for tea enthusiasts to prepare oolong gong fu style, Luye Red Oolong is exceptionally lovely when you cold-brew it. In fact, the locals of Luye developed the perfect cold-brewing technique since they frequently bring this tea with them to the area's numerous hot springs.
If you wish to try cold-brewed oolong tea, we suggest following this simple recipe:
Use 3-5 grams of loose leaf oolong tea leaves to make 600ml (20 oz) of cold-brewed tea. Store it at room temperature or refrigerator. It's ready in approximately 3-8 hours.
- Place of Origin: Luye Village, Taitung County, Taiwan
- Harvest Date: December 2022
- Picking Standard: One bud and two leaves
- Roast: Medium
- Aroma: Honey and ripe fruits
- Taste: Sweet and roasted, long-lasting sweet finish
- Cultivar: Ruan Zhi (aka Qing Xin / TRES #17)
205℉ / 95℃
1g per 50ml 3-5min
1g per 20ml 10sec + 5sec for each subsequent infusion