A high-mountain Oolong varietal crafted to a black tea in the local style of the Fu'An area. This wonderful black opens to sweet notes of plums, growing into a lovely sweet finish that lingers. Tea farm is located in the mountains along the north coast of Fujian Province near the border of Zhejiang.
It is unusual to find an Oolong in an area like Fu'An, which is famous for its white teas. With that said, the farm offered and we were impressed with the smooth sweet notes we found. It is a very satisfying black on a number of levels wile also offering a prolonged and tasty finish.
It was harvested in the first week of April. A local varietal it is harvested early in the season like the better known Huang Jin Gua or Jade Oolong. Farm is high mountain, using organic farming methods, however no current certification.
A sweet flavor of plum comes through immediately. Taste is lush and generally sweet. Cup liquor is bright red. The finish is long and very sweet with a nice warming effect.
For 8-12 ounces of water at a temperature of 195-205 F, we suggest one rounded teaspoon of leaf. Steep for two minutes and taste. There should be immediate sweet notes of plum or stone fruit. Longer steeps will deepen the flavors. Multiple steeps are in order.