My August Oolong Tea

So, here’s another attempt at making my Oolong Tea.  I really like Oolong.  It’s very easy to make, and the results vary each time, but I like it.  Oolong Tea is somewhere in between green and black.  It’s very nice.  It does take a bit more effort, but this batch turned out quite nicely.

This was done mid August while the weather was warm and new growth was bountiful!

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Fresh Green Tea leaves were harvested in early morning

 

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I put them out in the shade to let them wither for about an hour

 

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Then I started to fluff them, move them around every 15 -20 minutes or so

 

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After about an hour or so, I then began to bruise them.  Crushing, twisting, rolling them around.  I did this every 15-20 minutes until I started to see them really wither and start to turn copper in color.  About 2 hours.

 

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After they withered a good bit and started turning brown, I brought them in the house and continued my twisting, turning, bruising and crushing every so often for the rest of the day.  I then left them on the counter and covered them with a dish towel over night.

 

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The next morning they had developed a nice, dark color and the whole kitchen smelled of tea!

 

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They were pretty dry, so I put them into a 200ºF Oven for about 3 minutes.

 

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I then put them into a Ziploc bag, keeping out a bit to “test”…..

 

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I boiled water, then let it sit to cool down just a bit.  Then I put some of the “new” batch in my cup and let it brew for about 2-3 minutes.  I don’t like really strong tea, and so I brew a little less time.  The color was very nice, the flavor was smooth.

Again, it never will win a Blue Ribbon at the fair, but I like it!