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Hong Shui, Oolong - Taiwan

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GTIN: 0633131641783

Price: £8.00
Description
 
Flavour profile: A deep roast flavour of baked fruit layers the palate with hints of plum, apricot, peach and honey. These flavours develop on the tongue alongside a sappy delicate mineral quality ending with a smooth sweet finish. A tea of superb character & contrast!
 
Strength: 4/5, Astringency: 2/5, Sweetness: 3/5
 
Leaf: Nice tightly rolled traditional ball style oolong, with dark brown and green leaves & the odd white tip. The leaves swell when infused, opening into a bud & two leaves and producing a clear deep tangerine-red coloured liquor.
 
Produced: August 2015
Origin: Lugu village & Ming Jian, Nantou County, Taiwan.
Tea Cultivar:  Jin Xuan & Si Ji Chun varietals       Elevation: 1600-3200ft

Background: This exceptional oolong is handmade in a time consuming and skillful method that modern manufacturers often do not take the time to reproduce. The name Hong Shui translates as 'red water' - a result of heavier roasting. This was the traditional way of making Dong Ding Oolong in Taiwan's past, carefully roasting repeatedly until the tea is oxidised to over 40%. The result is a far more complex taste profile and aftertaste that lasts long after each sip. Top quality oolong with a depth of flavour that makes multiple gong-fu style infusions well suited.
Brewing guide: 3.5grams per 250ml, brewed at 85C for 2min30s. This equates to about 1 heaped teaspoon per cup. Water should be caught just under the boil and add ⅕ cold water to ⅘ hot water to get the approx temperature. This tea is more suited however to Gong-fu steeping, using 4-5grams per 150ml, repeatedly steeped for short periods, eg. 1min30s, 1minute, 2minutes, 4minutes.

 

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Reviewer: Tina from Bristol   5 Stars
This tea is gorgeous - I think it might be my favourite, although I haven't tasted every Tip Top variety so far! There's depth and complexity in the flavour, yet it's light and not at all bitter. It's great for any time of day.