Hand plucked Alishan Jinxuan Oolong Tea Loose leaves (手で摘み取らアリ山高山金萱ウーロン茶)
Item: Taiwan Alishan Jinxuan Oolong (Wu Long) Tea
Pack size: 150g +/- 5% (5.3 oz) loose leaves in a vacuum-sealed foil bag
Cultivar: TTES #12
Jinxuan Tea, the hand-plucked leaves of Alishan Jin Xuan Oolong Tea are grown in the famous Ali Mountains (Alishan) in Taiwan. At the elevation of 1000 meters, the mountainsides are covered with fog or clouds which are ideal for growing Oolong. With better drought tolerance, also higher yield, the price is usually lower than Alishan Oolong.
Jin-Xuan (TTES #12), is a special variety of Camellia Sinensis developed through research at TaiwanTea Research and Extension Station (tres.gov.tw). This special variety is known for producing an Oolong with a special fragrance and a light milk aroma naturally.
The water used to steep this tea is about 85-90 degrees Celsius depending on an individual's preference. Use the ratio of 1g to 50cc (or 1g to 25cc), the first infusion time of about 6 (or 3) minutes is recommended with more or less time depending on the desired concentration. As a rough guide, the higher the temperature of the water or the greater the number of leaves used, the shorter the steeping time should be. The tea leaves should uncurl for full flavor.
For the ultimate enjoyment, a traditional Chinese Yixing teapot is recommended for loose oolong tea. The teapot should be half filled with leaves and initially steeped for 30 seconds (depending on an individual's preference) with the steeping time increased by an additional 10 seconds for each successive steeping. The leaves may be steeped multiple times.
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