Country of Origin: Taiwan
Region: Tung Ting province
Shipping Port: Taipei
Grade: Special oolong
Altitude: 400’ – 1200’ feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: Traditional orthodox
Cup Characteristics: Smooth and slightly sweet; toasty with a touch of dryness.
Infusion: Tending black (noting the longer fermentation time for this type of oolong)
Ingredients: Luxury oolong tea
Oolong means semi fermented. After rolling, the tea is allowed to
ferment only until the edges of the leaves start to turn brown. The tea
is then fired which arrests the fermenting process and captures the
interesting character associated with Oolong tea. In Taiwan, producing
oolong tea involves highly specialized skills in the control of the
withering, oxidation and firing. A slight variance in any of these gives
each variety a distinctive aroma, flavor, color and finish.
The best Oolongs come from Taiwan (Formosa) where the character of
short-fired oolongs has been described as peach like with a refreshing
fruity herbaceous character whereas long-fired oolongs take on bakey
notes with rich amber liquids. This tea falls into the latter category.
It is worth noting that in Taiwan, the making of oolong tea is regarded
as a precious art that requires years of training. From the nursing of a
seedling, to planting, to nourishing the bushes, to properly selecting
the best time to pluck the leaves, the husbandry of the tea farmer is a
legacy passed down from many generations. It is felt that only the
application of years of dedicated study and practice, combined with the
unique character of Taiwan tealeaves, can provide the exceptional
quality oolong teas that have made the island famous for its teas.
An interesting footnote: During the 2nd World War the production of tea
was greatly expanded while the island was occupied. This production was
exported to Japan to supplement their own production, which was falling
below domestic demand.
Hot tea brewing method: Oolongs teas are best enjoyed when the leaves
are briefly infused with hot water, which is then poured off. The tea is
then reinfused and tea is poured to the lucky guests after about 1
minute. The leaves may be reinfused several times, with each resulting
infusion yielding different liquor from the proceeding cup.