Specific Information About This Batch
This month, the Eco-Cha Tea Club is getting a batch of Red Oolong Tea. Red Oolong (or Hong Oolong) has been promoted by the Tea Research and Extension Station to be produced in south-eastern Taiwan to offer this area a differentiation value in the style of tea they produce. It has been successful in popularizing the name, but in our experience, the commonly available Red Oolong is almost synonymous with Small Leaf Black Tea. It looks and tastes like the leaves are fully oxidized.
This month's batch of tea is clearly not fully oxidized, as we can see just by looking at the dried leaves. But the effect of partial oxidation is also evident in the color of the brewed tea, the flavor profile, and most definitively in the appearance of the brewed leaves, which are a combination of greenish and reddish hues.