Drunken Concubine is named in recognition of the intoxicating flavors of a wonderful, high-grade Tieguanyin oolong. One will note the highly aromatic fragrance of the leaves. In the first steep, as the leaves begin to unfurl, delicious, flavorful notes build. This tea is bright, clean, fresh and orchid-like - all classic flavors of this high-grade, prized lo-oxidized oolong. Each season, we select a lot of this varietal from our tea maker that we believe is the finest of the harvest. We are proud to offer our latest lot of Drunken Concubine. This is a rare taste offering, high-grade oolong, much prized in China. Lot # LBC 6.
Why we selected this lot. Foremost, in the selection process of the year's finest lot, we defer and rely on the capabilities of our tea maker to process & create and then evaluate and make the initial selection of lots for this annual endeavor. In turn, we taste and select the one we will offer as “Drunken Concubine”. This lot is fresh, light green in coloration and, indicative of the care applied in handling; the leaves are uniform allowing for smooth, developing flavor as the leaves unfold. Finally, it comes down to aroma and taste and this lot offers much in both categories. With the 5th steep, it was clear this was a lot worth sharing.
Interesting facts about this lot. To gain distinction as a high-grade Tieguanyin there is an arduous process the leaves go through. Sorted on the day of the pluck, the best are culled and put aside. Once processed, the leaves are again inspected to cull out misshaped leaves and discolorations. Then best leaves are combined to form these highest-grade lots. Then a process of 8 steps is followed to bring the leaves to the final firing and closing in essentials flavors. From these few lots, we taste and final selections are made. This tea was harvested in early May of 2016.
Taste profile. Its liquor is rich and will caress the tongue with nectar tastes. Once fully opened, the rolled leaves are broad and long with delicate serrated edges. Given the size and the processing the leaves go through, the first steep is often noted for its aroma. In the second steep, the leaves begin to release their treasured tastes and this yielding of flavor to water will continue for several steeps. We find lightly sweet & floral notes with a rich buttery feel in the mouth. Note the very pleasant taste of this tea lingers long after drinking. Drunken Concubine will steep multiple times.
Brewing suggestions. Use 3-5 grams per 7-8 ounces of water. Water should be boiling temperature. Briefly rinse the leaves and pour this water off and then re-infuse for 2 minutes and taste. The leaves will offer multiple steeps.