PROFILE: SPICE, HONEY, CHOCOLATE
ORIGIN: MOC CHAU, SON LA, VIETNAM
HARVEST: OCTOBER 2021
Red Buffalo Oolong tea is our popular captivating red oolong tea that was developed a few years ago to our specific requirements and quickly became a best seller. Red Buffalo has an appealing golden amber liquor and artfully combines the spice and malt characteristics of black tea with the fruitiness familiar in less oxidised teas. Honey and chocolate can also be discovered in tea which is rounded off with an excellent body.
Red Buffalo Oolong is produced from the Thanh Tam (“Qingxin”) cultivar mainly during the summer months. Harvested leaves are sun dried before being withered, tossed, oxidised, fired prior to an extended drying and rolling cycle to tease out the enchanting flavour volatiles.
Red Buffalo is produced on a 33 hectare farm on the rolling Moc Chau plateau at an altitude between 1100 and 1200 metres . The farm employees 65 people and can produce 10 tonnes of finished tea each year. In addition to tea, Moc Chau is also well known for dairy farming and the growing of plums, apricots and various types of flowers, including orchids.
Steeped 4 times at 80°C. Website description accurate but also wonderful deep fruit flavour reminiscent of rose hip syrup or baked plums for first 2 steeps. Subsequent steeps still soft and sweet but lacking flavour of first two. Still recommend at price.
I'm usually more into black teas than anything, but after trying 50 grams of this just for kicks, I've fallen in love with it. The flavor notes are spot on and it has a distinct spiced honey flavor with a hint of chocolate. Smooth and sweet on the tongue. This really is a perfect daily drinker, and I've been reaching for it over all of my other teas, again and again.
My favorite oolong and a fantastic daily drinker. Slightly spicy, malty sweet, and a hint of smoke. So good, especially for the price.