Oolong offers the most rich taste experience and is at the heart of the Chinese Gong Fu tea tradition. China oolong high class tippy is a roasted oolong tea from the Wuyi mountains in Fujian province. The high fire treatment gives this tea its specific smoky and minerally character. This is a beautifully balanced and complex tea with a deep, yet faint, ripe fruitiness in the background. The flavor is slightly honey-floral and nutty, with hints of white sesame, cinnamon and sweetened burdock root. There is a lingering sweet caramel aftertaste due to the high fire roasting technique. Oolong teas in general are is warming and satisfying. Being a good digestive tea it goes well with food or sweets. It is perfect for multiple infusions so you can tease out many layers of intriguing flavor.
What is Oolong tea?
Oolong Tea is a category of tea with much variety. Oolong tea may be light and fragrant (known as "green" oolong) or deep and roasted (known as "dark" oolong) or somewhere in between. The flavor profile will depend on the variety of tea plant, the area where the tea is grown and the goals and skills of the tea maker. The production of fine oolong teas is extremely labor intensive and requires outstanding craftsmanship. The many steps involved in producing oolong tea result in a great range of flavors. After plucking, the leaves are wilted in direct sunlight for a short period of time. Then, the leaves are brought indoors where they are gently rolled in order to lightly bruise the edges, which initiates the oxidation of enzymes in the leaf. After a partial oxidation, the leaves are fired (or roasted) at high temperatures to stop any further oxidation. The freshly roasted leaves are then rolled a number of times before being re-fired. Once the leaves have cooled they are again rolled, and are then given a last firing. The rolling and roasting methods determine the final shape of the leaf and largely determine whether the oolong is a light tea or a dark, roasted tea. The skills of the tea-maker are of great importance during these procedures, as any mistakes can greatly diminish the final quality of the tea.
◆ Origin: Wuyi, Fujian China.
◆ Tasting & Appearance: an interesting nutty cocoa taste.
◆ Notes & Well Being: Oolong teas are often very sophisticated in their aroma and flavor, and enjoy a well-deserved reputation as such, as well as for their many health benefits. And there are some weight-loss bonuses to oolong, above and beyond tea's natural fat-burning mechanisms.
Dose of tea
1 Tsp. for 6 oz Cup
185°F - 195°F
3 - 4 Minutes