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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A Unique Tea: Flaming Oolong

This series is covering teas that for one reason or another are "unique", although in reality I suppose every tea is unique for they all come from the same plant but my goodness, look at the varieties and differences in the teas!

Today's unique tea is actually a unique tea presentation, and a reprise of an earlier blog post. Without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: THE FLAMING OOLONG ~

If you're looking for something really special - and different - for your holiday tea party, why not try a Flaming Oolong?

My first and only experience with the Flaming Oolong was at The Tea Room in Savannah, Georgia. Prepared at table, it is quite impressive and very uniquely tea! You will see in my photo above that a sterling cognac spoon is used.

The video below shows the preparation of flaming tea, called here "Royal Tea".

Here is the "recipe" for Flaming Oolong courtesy of my friend and Macon, Georgia caterer Teddi Wohlford (who, by the way, gave me the sterling cognac spoon in the top photo).


for each 6 oz. cup of tea:
6 oz. boiling water
1 tsp. loose oolong tea
1 sugar cube
1 tsp. cognac

Prepare oolong tea: Pour boiling water over loose tea. Cover and let steep 3-5 minutes. Strain into a warmed teacup. Place sugar cube in a tablespoon or cognac spoon. Pour cognac over sugar cube. Using a fireplace match or longstem butane lighter, warm cognac in spoon by heating from beneath. Ignite warmed cognac and let the alcohol burn off - the sugar cube will melt and caramelize. When flame subsides, stir into tea. Sit back and enjoy! Serves 1


parTea lady said...

I love The Tea Room in Savannah. I have never heard of Flaming Oolong, but it sounds and looks delicious. Definitely unique and impressive for a tea party. That cognac spoon is something else new to me. Thanks for the interesting post.

Jason Witt said...

This is unique. And it does look like a lot of fun at a party. However, there are going to be ethical issues with the fact that alcohol is needed for the flaming. --Spirituality of Tea

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