There are many different tea competitions throughout the year and around the island in Taiwan. These competitions aid in the continued production of high-quality tea and give different farmers the chance to promote themselves and their tea. Competitions that center around oolong involve teas that are typically roasted. The added variable of roasting serves as a way for the farmer to showcase their skill as a teamaker attempting to make the tea perfect.
Every tea is different. Similar to coffee, some teas might fare better with a lighter roast, while for others a heavier roast is ideal. This tea went to competition in Spring of 2019 with a lighter roast, and we loved how it brought an added level of depth to the flavor.
It is common in Taiwan to enjoy darker teas and roasted oolongs when the weather cools off in the winter months, and now that fall has arrived it is a wonderful time to indulge! We like this tea more every time we drink it. A well roasted tea gives you the best of both worlds. You get the full comforting flavors of the roast on the front end, followed by a sweet and pleasant aftertaste reminiscent of the greener high mountain teas that Taiwan is famous for.