an oak-aged farmhouse ale with Plumrose Oolong Tea
If you’ve been following our releases, you may have noticed an ongoing experimentation of infusing different tea varieties in our saisons. We have loved the delicate, often aromatically striking qualities this process imparts, and have been lucky to work with the wonderful folks at Miro Tea right here in Ballard to source some incredibly flavorful varieties.
When playing around with this process, we usually pilot small batches to assess what aromas can be coaxed out of steeping with specific tea varieties – factors including temperature, steeping time, and selection of the base beer. We were especially loving the stone fruit and tart, floral characteristics of Miro’s Plumrose Oolong paired with some of our softer oak-aged stock ales, and worked to scale the project up for a proper release.
Méi Zi starts with a carefully selected blend of leaner oak-aged beers, and then steeped with the Plumrose Oolong and a dash of Licorice Root tea for a hint of anise-like complexity. Notes of watermelon hard candy and strawberries lead the way, with nectarines following in the mid-palate and a decidedly herbal component in the finish. We are absolutely loving this beer, and are pleased to share it with you today.