Third Place Winner Competition Baochong Oolong
Production: 1-2 Hours Electric Pan Heat Roasted
Farming: No Pesticide Residue
Attributes: Refreshing & Brightening
Baochong is known as the signature tea of Taiwan, carrying the fragrance of tropical flowers and fruits, native to the island. With only a twenty percent oxidation level this tea barely qualifies as an oolong; Acting more like a green tea, the bright, fresh green leaves offer a smooth, light body of flavor with a honey suckle like finish, yet the heavenly bouquet of an oolong.
Our Baochong farmer, Mr. Lee entered himself in the first ever Tea Producers Competition in 2007. Since all the tea masters were given the same raw leaves, this was a contest of pure processing skill. Mr. Lee beat out over a thousand competitors to win Silver, and for someone just over 50 years old at the time, this was quite an honor. Winning competitions for one's tea in Taiwan ensures a good auction price for that lot of tea, but winning for one's production skills ensures prestige for the entire farm. In subsequent years, he would win second or third place each year. This year we are proud to be able to share a little bit of his precious third place winner!
Tasting Profile: A rich and dark green vegetal body right up front. Hidden fragrant floral notes open up with the third steep, a welcomed yet unusual sequence, with the aroma most commonly found in the earlier steepings and the body following. An option for the Baochong lover who desires a heavier taste and more steepings.
Recommended Food Pairings: creme brûlée or lightly seasoned ramen noodles
4g or 1T | 8oz. @ 190˚F | 1 minute
Use a yixing or porcelain teapot. Drain completely and serve.
Please re-infuse 7 or more times.
Serves 49 8oz. cups per 1oz. of whole leaf tea