Flavor Profile:Toasty, sweet and subtle floral aroma with a clear, crisp taste and body.Ingredients:Oolong Tea Leaves.
Situated in the heart of Taiwan’s tea growing center, Nantou County, Shan Lin Xi is a pristine nature reserve known for its maples, wild-flowers and butterflies. Tea from this region has a distinctive clear, crisp flavor and aroma known to oolong connoisseurs around the world.
High Mountain Tea
Due to Shan Lin Xi’s high elevation and cooler climate, the tea leaves in this region grow slower attaining a higher concentration of sap and essential oils which contribute to the tea's complex flavor and aroma.
Though oolong processing can be applied to any tea leaf, certain varietals lend themselves specifically to the techniques used. Taiwan oolongs develop fragrances and tastes not found in any other tea and the art of Taiwanese oolong making has been adapted to enhance the qualities of varietals from each region of the Island.
Processing - An Art
For Shan Lin Xi, only the newly sprouted leaves are plucked and then withered in the sun for a few hours to reduce moisture.
When suitable leaf suppleness is achieved, traditional rolling techniques (wrapping the leaves in cloth) are applied.
This Shan Lin Xi is finished with a long, low temperature roasting which enhances the tea’s distinctive fragrance without making the leaf brittle.
For daily drinking, a smaller amount of leaf with a longer steeping time gives a rewarding cup with little effort. This teaâ€™s tightly rolled leaf requires fairly hot water (180 to 200 F) to bring out its full taste and unique aroma. Steeping 1 teaspoon of leaf per 8 ounces of water for 3 to 4 minutes will typically yield 2 to 3 satisfying infusions, although some oolongs will provide more.
Another common method would be to enjoy the tea â€śChinese style." Merely place a few leaves at the bottom of a cup or glass, add hot water, and cover. After a couple of minutes or so the leaf will unfurl and sink to the bottom of the vessel allowing you to drink from the top. When the water is down to just over the leaves, simply add more water. This style provides many infusions for a small amount of leaf.
Of course, the most famous way to drink oolong tea is Gongfu style. (Gongfu is the Chinese term we derive â€śKung Fuâ€ť from. It means to do something skillfully.) Though it takes many years to perfect the true Gongfu tea ceremony, a simplified version can be practiced at home.
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