High Mountain "Oriental Beauty" Bai Hao Oolong Tea - Daurim
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Season: Summer 2018
Tasting Notes: Honey, Mi Xiang, ripe fruits, gentle bouquets
This is Mr. Gao's High Mountain Bai Hao (Oriental Beauty). Unlike most Bai Hao gardens, the cultivar in his garden is Jin Xuan instead of the usual Qing Xin Da Mao. Using Jin Xuan is possible because it’s a high mountain garden.
The trees in the garden are only for Oriental Beauty, and are picked only once a year. He then lets the trees rest for the remainder of the year. Tea trees, like people, could get exhausted if they are overworked. Mr. Gao thinks of his trees as people, so he does not overburden them.
This tea has vivid honey and ripe fruit scents which are in great harmony with the gentle bouquets from Jin Xuan. This gives it a very relaxing and cozy taste!
Oriental Beauty from high mountain regions is extremely rare even in Taiwan. We are very happy to introduce this great tea to you.
His Oriental Beauty is rolled, unlike most Oriental Beauty teas. Since the rolling is minimal, the leaves end up being an oval shape. Thanks to this shape, the exposed area is a lot smaller than it is for normal Bai Hao, which is better for storing and vacuum-sealing.
Region: Qi Lai Shan, Nantou, Taiwan
Elevation: 1,600 meters
Qilai Mountain is a mountain in Xiulin, Hualien, Taiwan (and the eastern border of Nantou). Its highest point of the range, the Northern Peak, is 3,607 m (11,834 ft) It is named after the Sakizaya people. [wikipedia]
See Daurim’s blog post about this tea here!
Recommended Brewing Style:
• 120ml Gaiwan
• 4g leaves
• 176-185°F (80-85°C) 30+ sec
• Can be steeped 7-8 times
This tea is best when steeped at a low temperature, which allows the delicate fragrances to emerge.
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