Only a few batches of this tea are produced each year for export. This is a top Oolong with slight honey notes.
The bright amber coloured cup develops a lovely flowery fragrant aroma. The taste ranges from mildly spicy notes with slightly sweet soft hints of honey to almost earthy rye bread.
This rich taste is caused by cicadas bites. The insects put small bites to the leaf surface and minute amounts of cell sap evaporate.
This moisture starts to oxidize while the leaf is still attached to the plant. The leaves are harvested during May when only a few of the cicadas are present.
For the harvest, only the youngest leaves and bud are picked. There is little processing thereafter apart from drying the leaves in the sun.
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Tea Garden for China Superior Fancy Oolong
Chen Sansheng established the Tunxi Shiyan tea garden just a couple of decades ago in the year 2000.
Being Taiwanese, Oolongs are his special interest and he has the necessary knowledge to produce these marvelous teas.
The garden is placed close to the town of Huanshan; the starting point for many tourist excursions to the Huang Shan Mountains (Yellow Mountains).
How To Brew
- 2 tsp for 0.3l
- 3 min
- Repeat brewing of up to 3 to 5 times is possible