Jade Oolong (Huan Jin Gui)
Note the wonderful jade color of the leaves. This fresh tasting, small-leaf varietal is one of the first oolongs harvested in the spring. As the first whites and greens arrive in the tea markets of Fujian Province, one is sure to find this oolong offered. The cup is light yet flavorful. The tea comes to fruition in the first weeks of warming weather and still cold nights.
Why we selected this lot. The first few cups of this lot were nuanced and refreshing, serving to remind one of the great variety of flavors the spring harvest brings. The leaves are small, fresh in green colors and we found they yielded a very nice flavor.
Interesting facts about this tea. This oolong is a "Se Zhong" style which is a blend of high-grade leaves. It is one of the smallest leaf varieties of oolongs grown in China. It is known for its light-green appearance and light fresh, sweet taste. Its name - Jade oolong - harkens from the comparatively light-green coloration of its leaves. This lot was grown on a small farm near Xiamen in the AnXi Region of Fujian Province.
Taste profile. First steep the leaves open to offer a golden-green liquor color and a lightly floral aroma. Jade oolong has a delicate mouth taste, sweet, soft. This tea goes very well with food.
Brewing suggestions. Use 3-4 grams per 8-12 ounces of water or serve it Gongfu style with 6-8 grams per 7-8 ounces of water. Use water at boiling temp, rinse the leaves briefly to "awaken" them, pour this water off and re-infuse for 2-3 minutes. Vary and perhaps shorten the steep times if serving Gongfu style. The leaves will steep multiple times.
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This is the first oolong to be seen in the spring in the tea markets in Fujian Province.
The leaf is very delicate and thin compared to later harvesting oolongs.