Oolong Tea: Short Description
Processing: Hand-picked tea leaves. Taiwanese-style high mountain Oolong tea.
Preparation: Water temperature: 90°. For preparation in a tea pot: Infuse 1 teaspoon of tea leaves for about 3 minutes. For more details, check out our video.
Provenience: Tengchong, Yunnan, China
Altitude: 2100 m a.s.l.
Price per cup: 0.4 CHF (5g of leaves per portion, three infusions)
Our Oolong tea in Detail
This Oolong tea is very special. Processed like a Taiwanese high-mountain Oolong tea, it actually grows in the most southwestern corner of Yunnan. The cultivation of this tea is not only subject to strict environmental requirements but it also offers a great work opportunity for the local population of this remote mountain valley. And to add to all this, it has a wonderful fresh taste and keeps its flowery nots even after several infusions.
In the cultivation area of this tea, you will find cute sheep grazing between the rows of the tea plants. Thus, they help controlling the weeds and take care of fertilisation of the tea plants.
Whereas the leaves are picked by hand, processing is done with machines. After picking, the leaves wither before they get shaken in a special machine. This shaking of the leaves gets oxidation started, especially on the sides of the leaves.
Next is a longer phase of oxidation. Contrary to black tea, Oolong tea is not completely oxidised. The aim is that the sides of the leaf oxidise while the inner part of the leaf stays green. In order to stop oxidation at the right time, the leaves are roasted. Next, they are rolled which forms them into the typical pearls. After that, the leaves are dried and the tea is ready to drink.
The subtle flavours of this Oolong tea will show particularly well if you use a Lidded Cup or an Infuser Pot. But also a cup or a tea pot work perfectly well. Because the leaves are rolled up tightly, you will only need a little bit of tea for an infusion. After infusing, the leaves start expanding until you can see the entire leaves swimming in the water. That is why you can let this tea steep for a slightly longer time than other teas.
Have a look at our product video to see how we infuse it (English subtitles):