Sourced directly from the primeval mountains of Guizhou, China from our tea mentor, Master Lin, a true maverick, who insists on making tea using ancient, traditional methods.
What differentiates this style of tea making from the modern methods, is the respect shown to the leaves from the moment they are plucked, the 'Living Tea' process.
Harvested from the semi-wild, ancient tea trees, that grow high in the mountains. The leaves are dried and oxidised in the sun, turned gently by hand and later rolled and roasted over charcoal fire. This award winning Oolong has been aged over a 6 years period, in airtight ceramic jars to help develop its flavour. Since obtaining this tea a year ago, it has developed a perfectly balanced complexity exceeding all expectations.
This is a rare small batch tea that will only be available for a short window of time and can be aged for years to come.
Type: Oolong tea
Cultivar: Guan Yin
Origin: Guizhou, China
Tasting notes: The wet leaf aroma is heavily toasted with hints of orchid blossoms, and caramelised butter. The mouth feel is viscous and refreshing with an intense floral bouquet, sweet wild berries and baked notes, the finish is well rounded and lingers on your breath long after you first sip.
Temperature: 90-97 degrees
Brewing instructions: Western method; Approx. 1-2 scoops or 3 grams for every 150ml of water for a 2-3 minute infusion.
Gong fu method; 2-3 scoops or 6 grams for every 150ml of water. First infusion 5 seconds- 10 seconds and then 20 + seconds for up to 12 infusions.
Pair with: rice, grilled fish, shellfish, flavoured soft cheeses (Brie and Camembert) spiced white meats and fruit, rice cakes.
Ingredients: Chinese Oolong tea