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Taiwan High Mountain Hong Oolong Tea

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Product code: 21

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Quick Overview:

Type: Oolong Tea
Origin: Alishan, Taiwan
Harvest: Oct 2016
Tea leaves: One buds and 2-3 leaves are plucked
Taste: Hints of blackcurrant and juniper berries, complex sweetness of raw chocolate and molasses; this tea feels smooth and silky on the palate with a long lasting aftertaste. 

Weight: 50g


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This is a very unusual Ali Shan oolong from Chiayi County in Taiwan. Hong oolong is a new style of tea created by a group of tea farmers in 2008 to overcome some of the challenges that green oolong producers face – such as short storage time and strong dependency on weather. Hong oolong is processed in a similar manner to high mountain oolongs, but is oxidised to a much higher degree, giving this tea the floral complexity of a traditional oolong together with the ripe fruit sweetness of a red tea.

This Ali Shan Hong oolong is grown at 1,100m altitude, which means long winter, low night temperature, strong morning sun and afternoon mist. Tea at such elevation grows slowly and has more time to develop great complexity and strong flavour.

The dark, tightly rolled leaves of Ali Shan Hong oolong yield clear red amber colour infusion with an aroma of ripe fruits and brown sugar. Full bodied, rich and fruity liquor with hints of blackcurrant and juniper berries, complex sweetness of raw chocolate and molasses; this tea feels smooth and silky on the palate with a long lasting aftertaste.

Ali Shan Hong oolong is an easy to prepare and easy to drink tea. The warming quality makes it particularly suitable for cold and wet days. Gong-fu style brewing is highly recommended to get the most of its layered nature – see below for brewing guidelines. Ali Shan Hong oolong can also be used for cold brewing to produce a sweet and fruity chilled tea with less tannins and caffeine. 

Brewing Instructions:

Mug Brewing Method

Water Temperate: 100 ºC
Tea quantity: 3g tea leaves in a 350ml cup
Steep time: 2 minute, please feel free to adjust the amount of tea and steep time to your taste.
Infusions: about 4 times – don't remove the leaves from the mug, as once the water level is low, simply add more water and keep going until the flavour of the tea is gone

Gong-Fu Cha Brewing Method -  Highly recommend brewing this oolong in Gong-Fu style to appreciate its many layers of flavour. 

Brewing Parameters:
Vessel size: 90ml - 180ml
Tea quantity: 1/6 or 1/5 Vol. of vessel capacity or cover the bottom of a Gaiwan.
Water temperate: 100 ºC

Brewing Time:
Pre-heat your tea vessel with boiling water, discard water before putting tea in. Add the tea leaves to the heated vessel.

1st steep - 60s
2nd steep - 40s
3rd steep - 40s
4th steep - 50s
5th steep - 60s, add extra 10 second longer each time for later infusions
Please feel free to adjust the steep time as you desire, longer steeping time the stronger taste. 

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