Oolong Tea 烏龍茶

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Oolong tea is easy to define but difficult to describe – tea leaves are only semi-oxidized, and so one can consider oolong tea to be “between” green and red. Oolong is generally more complicated, presenting a wider array of flavors and aromas than their green or red counterparts, and one can get very different cups depending on one’s water quality and temperature. Oolong can be steeped multiple times to experience the entire palette of flavors and aromas present in the leaf; they are are an artistic creation of tea makers to be explored and enjoyed by experienced tea lovers.

Milk, sugar strongly discouraged.


Buddha's PalmBuddha’s Palm

(China) Buddha’s Palm oolong, so-named for its large dark leaves, is a very special offering and one of my favorite teas of all. Very complex, it presents a myriad of flavors and aromas as you experience it, ranging from a floral, grassy sweetness, to earthy, dark, almost spicy flavors that stimulate the palate and provide a lingering, pleasant afterglow. Very hard to describe, but considered a very high-quality, special leaf for its complex flavors, wide range of expression, beautiful rich colors, as well as a rich soft texture and uniquely bright finish.

Steeping Instructions
 Temperature 190°F  Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (2 tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (3 tsp) tea
 Time 5-6 minutes

Formosa JadeFormosa Jade

(Taiwan) Formosa Jade Oolong is one of the world’s most popular oolongs. Similar in style to Taiwan’s classic Tung Ting (Dongding), this tea is specially prepared to be reminiscent of the clean, delicate qualities of fine white teas, but with a rich, luxurious flavor and texture. Refreshing, fragrant, toasty-sweet and eminently enjoyable, a treat for anyone who is looking for something extra special.

Steeping Instructions
 Temperature 180°F  Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (2 tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (2½ tsp) tea
 Time 3-4 minutes

Sechung OolongSechung Oolong

(China) An excellent introduction to oolong, Sechung presents earthy, robust undertones with a light autumnal aroma. It brews to a beautiful golden copper color and has a very pleasant, slightly perky finish. A nice balance of aroma and flavor, excellent smooth body, and stimulating without being overly complex. Perfect for those just learning about oolong, or an experienced drinker looking to reexperience the subtleties of this classic tea.

Steeping Instructions
 Temperature 190°F  Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (2 tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (2¾ tsp) tea
 Time 3-5 minutes

TiěguānyīnTiěguānyīn (鐵觀音)

(China) Known as “the champagne of tea”, also known as Iron Goddess or Tie Guan Yin, and one of the world’s most beloved oolongs for its subtle color, delicate aroma and flavor, and soothing, “sunny” character. Its flavors may be perceived as sweet, floral, grassy, or toasty, and its fragrance is similarly complicated but soothing. Has a wide range of expression on multiple steeps, presenting some hints of earth and smoke in some cups, and pleasant light honey-like sweetness in others.

Steeping Instructions
 Temperature 190°F  Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (2 tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (2¾ tsp) tea
 Time 2½-3½ minutes