Dates and dried Chinese plums. This rich, syrupy tea is one of the fruitiest GABA oolongs we've ever tried.
It yields a crazy number of 'gong fu style' brews and also makes a stunning 'chilled' tea for dessert.
Origin: Shan Lin Xi, central Taiwan
Cultivar: Qing Xin [the most popular cultivar in Taiwan for high mountain teas]
Grower: Chen Family.
Harvest: late April 2022
Gong Fu Style Guidelines:
Try 6g / 100ml, boiling. The first steep might take about 20" to 25", as the leaves are tightly rolled. Once the leaves open, 8" are more than enough to get excellent flavour from those leaves. If you're looking for thicker texture, you may extend the steeps to 15" (with manageable tannin extraction).
Hint: we don't discard the first brew (on this tea).
In this particular tea, we prefer a hot extraction vs. a cold one. We recommend a 3 minute extraction, using 7g of tea on 1 litre of boiling water. Once the tea is cool, chill it in the fridge at 2 ° Celsius. Serve chilled.