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Snow Pear Oolong (Xue Li)


A comparatively rare Oolong as it is not often found in the U.S. market.  The varietal is grown in AnXi Region and typically is consumed by the domestic market with very little quantity exported.  Offers a distinct flowery aroma and a natural, peachy flavor.

Why we selected this lot.   We look for teas that offer a distinct taste experience.  It is made more to a local or "fresh" style - crafted to regional taste preferences.  Snow Pear offers another glimpse into China's seemingly endless range of varietals and tastes.

Interesting facts about this lot.   It is a Minnan Oolong grown in South Fujian Province, specifically in the region along the coast of China.  Farm is located at an elevation of about 800 meters. This lot was harvested in May of 2017.

Taste profile. Tasting this year's offering we found a fresh, light peachy note. The leaves open to a light shade of green and offer a subtle, fragrant flavors that hint as to why this Oolong is named after the pear. As with all well-made Oolongs, it will leave a distinct yet light, sweet, fruit-like aftertaste.  Lot #7.

Steeping suggestions. Use approximately 3 grams per 8 ounces of water or serve Gongfu style with about 6 grams per 8 ounces of water. Use boiling water and rinse the leaves briefly and pour off. Re-infuse the leaves, steep them for about 2 minutes and taste. Leaves will offer multiple steeps.

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Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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This tea is perhaps the most lightly oxidized of the teas we purchase.

It goes very well in the afternoon as a refreshing cup and particularly with baked goods. Such as cookies!

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  1. Oolong for me the most economical 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Mar 2018

    I love Oolong teas. This one is great. The initial cup is a mild oolong and a little bit fruity. I tend to brew my tea strong, probably because of my 60 years drinking coffee. But don’t discard the tea, save it for the next cup or next day. I am on my 3rd steep and am thinking it will go 5 or more. One trick if you like you tea a little strong do 1/2 last steep and 1/2 new tea. It a great tea I will order more.

  2. Sooth, Silky, Extremely Pleasing 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Feb 2015

    This oolong is lovely. I prefer oolongs that are not heavily fired, I don't like a smoky or firey taste. This oolong is similar to some of the lightly processed Twaiian oologs. It has a lot of flavor while at the same time is very light on the tounge. Lovely aroma.

  3. Good taste 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Jun 2014

    Good tea with a mild Oolong flavor.

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