Tasting Notes: Creamy, pale liquor with aromatic floral notes.
Often called "milk tea", this particular tea cultivar - jin xuan - is well known for its naturally creamy quality on the palate.
This tea is grown and processed (Spring 2020) in Songbolin, Ali Shan Mountain, Taiwan. This batch of tea was sourced from an artisan who has repeatedly won first prize in the Nantou County Tea Trade Association’s Jin Xuan Dong Ding Oolong Tea Competitions.
We feel very lucky to have received some of this special tea , that truly holds the desired character of Jin Xuan, a floral aroma and sweet, buttery flavor with characteristic creamy mouth-feel. This aromatic, light-bodied tea stands up to multiple steepings.
Though light in body, our Jin Xuan milk oolong stands up well to multiple steeps - both when brewed in the traditional manner or Western-style. Traditional brewing in a gaiwan will yield up to 8 steeps. Western-style brewers can anticipate 3-4 beautiful steeps.
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.