Gui Fei (Concubine) Oolong Tea - Spring 2020, Shan Lin Xi
Gui Fei (Concubine) Oolong Tea is back! This tea - made from leaves that have been bitten by the jassid bugs - has a great and a memorable taste. While the Concubine oolong tea that we previously had were from lower elevation, this one is from the high mountain of Shan Lin Xi of central Taiwan, making it a superior tasting one.
You can learn more about Concubine Oolong from our blog here.
DRY LEAF: The tightly rolled leaves are dark green and grey with white spots indicating tips (buds). Fruity notes emanate from the leaves. Although the leaves have been roasted to a medium degree there are no overt roasted smells.
INFUSED LEAF: The dark green and brown leaves have strong notes of tropical fruits (we think plum and guava). Bug bites are visible on the leaf.
CUP: A lovely amber color with a fruity sweet fragrance. The body is smooth with medium strength. Notes of guava and stone fruits and light floral undertones make this a delightful cup.
Gong fu style
Cover the bottom of the gaiwan or tea pot with a single layer of tea
Water temp: 190-200F
Steeping time: 1 min, 30 sec, 40 sec, 50 sec…fine tune it to your preference.
Use 1 tbsp ( 3 gm) per 8 oz cup
Water temp: 190F
Steeping time: 2 min. Second steep 4 mins
Shan Lin Xi (3937 ft)
Nantou Province, Taiwan
Cultivar - Qingxin