Red Oolong - Mountain Stream Teas
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Cultivar: Big Leaf Oolong (Daye Oolong)
During their occupation of Taiwan, the Japanese expanded Taiwanese tea farms and encouraged the cultivation of local varieties including the four main varieties: Qingxin Oolong (green-hearted oolong), Qingxin Damo, Daye Oolong (big-leaf oolong), Ying Zhi Hongxin (“hard-stemmed red-hearted”). [teasoul]
Season: Winter 2017
Tasting Notes: Rich rose, floral, earthy
Region: Luye, Taidong, Taiwan
Luye Township (Chinese: 鹿野鄉; pinyin: Lùyě Xiāng; Wade–Giles: Lu4-yeh3 Hsiang1) is a rural township in Taitung County, Taiwan. It is located in the Huatung Valley. [wikipedia] The Huatong Valley or Hualien–Taitung Valley, also known as East Rift Valley or the Longitudinal Valley, is a long and narrow valley located between Central Mountain Range and Hai'an Range. It is also recognized as a plain area which stretches for about 180 kilometers near the eastern coast of Taiwan, passes from Hualien City at the north to Taitung City at the south.
Description from Mountain Stream Teas:
A heavily oxidized tea from Taidong, this Red Oolong is a real treat. Rich rose and other floral flavors pour out of its earthy red tones. Please keep in mind that this tea is not roasted! The flavor and color comes from a longer oxidization process than most other oolongs. The perfect mix of black and oolong teas!
Recommend Brewing Style:
• 3-5g per 100ml
• ~100C water (212f)
• 30, 45, 60 then add 5-10 seconds per steep
• 5-6 steeps