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Roast your own - how to revive that last bit of Iron Buddha

« back to blog home | 05 Sep 2013 | Comments | By Chris West

A sad fact of life is that tea is perishable - it's best drunk fresh, and generally speaking, after 12 months most teas will be past their best. So, what do you do with all that old tea?? Well, if that tea is Iron Buddha, roast it yourself!

Many teas are roasted as part of their processing, and it gives them a deep and hearty flavour. Iron Buddha is not roasted normally, but tea lovers in China fed up with throwing out their Iron Buddha often roast the leaves after 12 months to preserve them for another year. The roasting changes the flavour, of course, actually offering quite a desirable complexity.

Of course, you can do this roasting at home - take your old tea and place it in the oven in a heatproof dish at about 120 degrees. You'll need a good few hours, anywhere from 2-6 hours and there's no fixed recipe. If you like a stronger roasted taste, then roast for longer at 120 degrees. If you just want to refresh the tea, then a few hours at 100 degrees should do it. Be careful not to set the temperature too high, as the delicate tea leaves will burn!


Remember, we sell a beautiful charcoal roasted Old Iron, which has already been expertly roasted by tea farmers here, so if you're just interested in the taste, then you don't need to wait 12 months for your Iron Buddha to get old!

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