We are so honored to carry a small amount of this very special Taiwanese oolong produced on Ali Shan. This is a very limited batch tea and a tea to be enjoyed through many steeps.
One of the oldest and most famous oolongs, Tie Guan Yin has been made since the 1800s. First produced in Fujian, China, and characterized by a deep roasting process, the style of this tea has since evolved over the years. Now often less roasted and more floral–and produced in other areas, notably in northern Taiwan–this Tie Guan Yin pays tribute to the original profile.
Harvested on Ali Shan, in central Taiwan, in October 2016, the leaves were allowed to oxidize about 35% during shaping. The firing process was extended over several months, with a final roast in April 2017. The classic aroma of peach is joined by sweet notes of lily; flavors of cedar and charcoal, with a finish of dark caramel, round out the cup. Infuse many times to experience the depth of this full-bodied oolong.
Please note, this tin size is also available for custom orders of your favorite tea as wedding, party or corporate favors. Please see here to inquire.
Oolong teas, often tightly twisted or rolled, may be first "rinsed" before being infused. To rinse the tea, simply cover it in 195 degree water directly in the pot. This water, after about twenty seconds, should be poured off. Pour new 195 degree water over the leaves and steep for 3-5 minutes depending on the tea and your taste. As with Pu Er, our high quality oolongs may be infused three or more times and will yield an uniquely expressive cup each time.
What is Oolong Tea?
Oolong is the broad family of teas that encompasses a range of oxidations of the tea leaves from 10% to 70% and is nestled between the families of the lesser oxidized greens and the more fully oxidized blacks. The Chinese have mastered the art of oxidation through centuries of crafting and have shared their craft with the Taiwanese, who have been producing exceptional oolongs for only a handful of decades. The type of cultivar grown, the geographical vastness and the a range of production techniques all contribute to this diversified category of tea. As a general rule, lesser oxidized oolongs have a tendancy to be more delicate and floral while more oxidized oolongs can be more woody, honeyed and fruity.
Health Benefits of Oolong Tea
Congratulations, if you are drinking tea, you have already chosen an incredible, healthful beverage. Tea is considered in many cultures to have medicinal properties. All tea comes from the same plant family, camellia sinensis, and therefore all types and styles contain the same components that contribute to significant health benefits. Influence of the varietal, growing conditions, production techniques, and your brewing practices all play roles in antioxidant and caffeine levels in your cup. So enjoy a cup of tea, any tea, and know that you are drinking health.