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, flavorful notes are unlocked. Notes are bright, clean, fresh and summarily orchid-like - offering 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 # 65.
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”. Fresh & light green in coloration and, indicative of the care applied in processing, the leaves are uniform in size 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.
AnXi Tieguanyin is one of China's famous teas. To gain this singular distinction of "high-grade", each season the tea maker must create a distinct flavor and aroma yet continue to process within the broad style (shape, coloration, flavor) of Tieguanyin Oolong. The lot was fired at comparatively low temperature to create its greenish-golden color leaves and fresh, herbaceous flavors. The flavor - reminiscent of orchids - is called lan. 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 the 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 of essentials flavors. Locals believe the best teas are grown on the east-facing farms, the location of our farmer's land. This tea was harvested in April 2019.
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 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.
Use 3-5 grams per 7-8 ounces of water. Water should be boiling temperature. Briefly rinse the leaves, pour this water off and re-infuse for 1.5 minutes and taste. For stronger flavors and more body, of course, use longer steep times. By the 3rd steep, the leaves are fully opened and will offer additional infusions offering body and flavor!